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Things I F#@$!d Up 
Stories from a Young Designer 
Jacob DeGeal 
Creative Operations Manager - Illinois State University 
...
is a taco a sandwich?
Who I am, where I work, what I do 
Creative Operations Manager 
Web and Interactive Communications 
Illinois State Univers...
Graphic Designers are perceived as: 
● Arrogant 
● Self-absorbed 
● Cry babies 
● Narcissists
Yep 
that's me.
But I'm also 
● Self-critical 
● Self-aware 
● Self-motivated
Conferences always focus 
on success stories
We rarely talk about our 
failures though...
“If you’re not prepared to be 
wrong, you will never come 
up with anything original” 
- Sir Ken Robinson
We learn the most from our 
failures, and gain the most 
insight.
Story 1 
Tim
Lesson Learned 
:) 
Be nice.
Story 2 
Lisa
Lisa
“If everything is red, then no one will 
understand what to do” 
“No one likes the color red. It’s too intense” 
“Blue and...
Lesson Learned 
Consistency in design is not a bad 
thing, it’s just a bad argument
"Consistency is the hallmark of the 
unimaginative." 
- Oscar Wilde.
"A foolish consistency is the 
hobgoblin of little minds" 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Consistency requires you to be as 
ignorant today as you were a year 
ago.” 
-Bernard Berenson, Renaissance 
Art Historia...
“If you try to be consistent, you tie 
yourself to a rock and you restrict your 
own movements! Don’t do this! Let all the...
“Success is neither magical nor 
mysterious. Success is the natural 
consequence of consistently applying 
basic fundament...
“It's not what we do once in a while that 
shapes our lives. It's what we do 
consistently.” 
-Tony Robbins, motivational ...
Lesson Learned 
Consistency in design is not a bad 
thing, it’s just a bad argument
Story 3 
John
John
John
Lesson Learned 
If people are the problem, people 
are the answer.
Thank you! 
Jacob DeGeal 
@jacobdegeal 
#mpd11
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Over the last seven years, Jacob has worked as a graphic designer at Illinois State University, and he has screwed up. A lot. Working with a super-sized ego at a medium-sized web office, failure comes fast; but so does education. With some humility, a lot of self-deprecation, and just a touch of irreverence, Jacob will share stories of professional embarrassment, creative conflicts, democratic dissolution, and international espionage (note: there is no international espionage). Through these professional flubs, some simple but challenging truths were discovered that help projects run smoother; even in an environment when common sense solutions can seem elusive.

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Things I F#@$!d U: Stories from a young designer

  1. 1. Things I F#@$!d Up Stories from a Young Designer Jacob DeGeal Creative Operations Manager - Illinois State University @jacobdegeal #mpd11
  2. 2. is a taco a sandwich?
  3. 3. Who I am, where I work, what I do Creative Operations Manager Web and Interactive Communications Illinois State University.
  4. 4. Graphic Designers are perceived as: ● Arrogant ● Self-absorbed ● Cry babies ● Narcissists
  5. 5. Yep that's me.
  6. 6. But I'm also ● Self-critical ● Self-aware ● Self-motivated
  7. 7. Conferences always focus on success stories
  8. 8. We rarely talk about our failures though...
  9. 9. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original” - Sir Ken Robinson
  10. 10. We learn the most from our failures, and gain the most insight.
  11. 11. Story 1 Tim
  12. 12. Lesson Learned :) Be nice.
  13. 13. Story 2 Lisa
  14. 14. Lisa
  15. 15. “If everything is red, then no one will understand what to do” “No one likes the color red. It’s too intense” “Blue and brown colors together are really hot right now”
  16. 16. Lesson Learned Consistency in design is not a bad thing, it’s just a bad argument
  17. 17. "Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative." - Oscar Wilde.
  18. 18. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. 19. “Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.” -Bernard Berenson, Renaissance Art Historian
  20. 20. “If you try to be consistent, you tie yourself to a rock and you restrict your own movements! Don’t do this! Let all the paths be reachable without any obstacle! Free yourself from the consistency!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan, Turkish novelist and playwright
  21. 21. “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.” -Jim Rohn entrepreneur and motivational speaker
  22. 22. “It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.” -Tony Robbins, motivational speaker
  23. 23. Lesson Learned Consistency in design is not a bad thing, it’s just a bad argument
  24. 24. Story 3 John
  25. 25. John
  26. 26. John
  27. 27. Lesson Learned If people are the problem, people are the answer.
  28. 28. Thank you! Jacob DeGeal @jacobdegeal #mpd11

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