Month: June 2016

Five Desk Drawer Must-Haves for Creatives

Five Desk Drawer Must-Haves for Creatives

Over the years, I have curated a fine collection of office supplies and other random things that I’ve found I cannot live without at work. Among these things are items that make me smile, keep me motivated, help me be efficient when it comes to doing my job, and inspire me. Many of these things come with me from job to job, and some have even followed me from college. Of everything I have collected, I find a water bottle, a ruler, a stress ball, a stash of non-digital inspiration, and colored pencils.

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Post Share: Going Business Casual on a Budget

Post Share: Going Business Casual on a Budget

I mentioned that I fed a lot of my creative energy into style blogging, and I did for quite a few years. One of my favorite posts was based on a real-life scenario a friend dealt with at work. With a single day’s notice in the form of an email, her office went from yoga-pants-and-sneakers casual to strict business casual. Not an easy task for someone who’s spent years in a casual environment.

She reached out to me for both a sympathetic ear and some ideas on how to quickly and cheaply snag some key pieces to start transitioning her wardrobe so that it was a better fit for the new dress code. I gave her my ideas and then started thinking about taking what I told her and making it into a blog post. After months of working on it, I was able to publish Going Business Casual on a Budget. Continue reading “Post Share: Going Business Casual on a Budget”

Three Tips for Communicating Effectively With Designers

Three Tips for Communicating Effectively With Designers

As a designer, one of the biggest challenges I have faced over the years has been communication. It can be difficult to work with someone when one or both of you cannot communicate effectively. Between freelancing, working as an in-house designer, and serving as a contracted “agency” for outside companies, I have been in numerous situations that have served as teaching moments.

There are three things that I have found immensely helpful when one is striving to communicate better: asking questions, explaining why, and showing if you can’t tell. While these all seem like no-brainers, you’d be surprised how little they are used when it comes to working with designers, or by designers themselves. Utilizing these three methods can help things run smoothly, and keep both clients and designers happy.

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