Our January/February 2015 edition features the annual People To Watch (as in professional designers) and Students to Watch selections. It is an incredibly subjective process in a field loaded with talent and with newsmakers, but we proudly stand by them. The intersection of the two special reports was a question we posed to the professionals: What advice would you give a young designer or recent graduate just starting out?
Interestingly, there was a degree of consensus. The advice in a nutshell: be intentional and purposeful about early career decisions, then be passionate, prepared and work really, really hard.
Photo: White House Photo/Lawrence Jackson
For example, Ashleigh Axios, Creative Director at the Obama White House, advises: “Have a goal; make it something that isn’t easily achievable but will help you push yourself. Hint: your goal should never be to ‘be famous.’”
Guest Blog Post by
Diane Domeyer, Executive Director, The Creative Group
The start of another year is a great time to reflect and reevaluate. As you make resolutions about personal improvements, don’t forget about your career. If your compensation has been flat for a while, 2015 could be the year for a salary negotiation and raise. But you can’t just march into your boss’s office and ask for more money – not without some prep work first. Here are some tips.
Pantone has declared Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the 2015 Color of the Year. Marsala, say the color experts, is rich, grounded, steady and satisfying, ideal for print, p-o-p, and packaging.
Pictured (clockwise from top left): Harlow Necklace by Kendra Scott, Courtesy of Kendra Scott; Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Crème, Courtesy of Sephora; Gap Toddler Straight Cords, Courtesy of Gap; John W. Nordstrom Silk Bowtie, Courtesy of Nordstrom.