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50+ things they won't teach you at Design School

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My brutally honest talk I gave to the students of Friends of Design this morning on what to expect in the real world as a designer.

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50+ things they won't teach you at Design School

  1. 1. Hello.Good morning Friends of Design!
  2. 2. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. That you really ought to know! To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa.Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  3. 3. Forget everything you think you know. Unlearn in order to grow! 01 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  4. 4. Design is a job. It’s not art, you have to work hard for your money! 02 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  5. 5. Be a Professional. You’re on the clock, act accordingly! 03 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  6. 6. Be kind. Kindness is free! 04 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  7. 7. Design is solving problems. It’s not art! 05 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  8. 8. Follow your highest excitement. Don’t waste energy doing things that don’t excite you! 06 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  9. 9. Nothing is FREE as a freelancer. Charge money for that shit! 07 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  10. 10. Get a mentor. Reach out to people who inspire you! 08 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  11. 11. Be a mentor. Be a role model to others! 09 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  12. 12. Be interested. It makes you interesting! 10 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  13. 13. Build a gut you can trust. Feed your body what it needs to keep you mentally strong! 11 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  14. 14. Not everything's a party. There is more to life than getting smashed! 12 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  15. 15. Buy a good chair. Most people spend one third of their day seated, you might as well have a comfy chair to park your ass! 13 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  16. 16. Don’t repeat yourself. Reuse assets, don’t waste time doing the same tasks over and over again! 14 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  17. 17. Keep it clean. Your desk, your language and most importantly your hygiene! 15 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  18. 18. Stop complaining. Seriously, just don’t do it! 16 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  19. 19. Celebrate everything. Enjoy your success! 17 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  20. 20. Travel often. Buy a ticket and just go! 18 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  21. 21. Get rid of debt. Freedom is working like you don’t need the money! 19 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  22. 22. Exercise daily. Strong body, stronger mind! 20 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  23. 23. Small challenges. Do one tiny thing a day and before you know it you have achieved something huge! 21 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  24. 24. Your client is your friend. Partner with clients, they are not the enemy! 22 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  25. 25. Love what you do. Do what you love! 23 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  26. 26. Don’t use buzz words. No one likes a smart-ass! 24 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  27. 27. Work with friends. Surround yourself with people you really like! 25 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  28. 28. Jump at the opportunities no one else wants. It’s probably the quickest way to get noticed! 26 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  29. 29. Dance. Laugh. Play. Connect with your inner child! 27 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  30. 30. Lose the ego. No one man did great things on his own! 28 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  31. 31. Fuck awards. Just fuck ‘em! 29 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  32. 32. Take care of your brand. Don’t be a businessman, be a business-man! 30 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  33. 33. Have side projects. It’s a great way to develop skills your job might not afford you! 31 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  34. 34. The only thing that’s certain is change. Always have a back up plan, things are changing faster than ever! 32 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  35. 35. Write stuff down. Journal, make lists or blog, but make sure it’s written - you are creating history, record it! 33 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  36. 36. Get a life. There is more to life than working a job! 34 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  37. 37. Find your purpose. No project will mean more to you than the one that means the most to you! 35 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  38. 38. Nothing is URGENT. We are designers, we are not saving lives, stop panicking! 36 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  39. 39. Learn to sell your work. You cannot rely on people looking at your designs to buy into your vision! 37 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  40. 40. Keep on learning. Buy a book, listen to podcasts, watch talks, do online courses, attend a lecture - whatever you do, never stop learning! 38 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  41. 41. Share your work. Show your progress, not just the finished product! 39 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  42. 42. You don’t know what you don’t know. Read the brief, ask lots of questions and poke at it, but you can only work with the information you have! 40 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  43. 43. Give a shit. Saying something “sucks” is lazy! 41 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  44. 44. They are not problems, but challenges. Don’t be a whiner, be a winner! 42 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  45. 45. I am not a screwdriver. You’re a professional, do what’s right, not what you are told! 43 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  46. 46. You are not always right. Be open to being wrong, make mistakes, learn from them and move on! 44 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  47. 47. Get a chocolate stash. Girls love chocolate! 45 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  48. 48. Be so good, they can’t ignore you. There are few people born this way, work fucking hard! 46 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  49. 49. Break the rules. ! 47 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  50. 50. Be a leader. Not a dictator! 48 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  51. 51. Don’t be a dick. ‘nuff said! 49 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa.Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  52. 52. Get some tattoos. It will limit your career options! 50 To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  53. 53. Be thankful for every opportunity. Be grateful for everything! 50+ To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016. Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator.
  54. 54. Thank You. Have an absolutely outstanding day! Presented with love by Craig Jamieson - Creative Director, Designer & Educator. To the future design stars of Friends of Design - Cape Town, South Africa. www.craigjamieson.com 50+ Things they won’t teach you at Design School. Monday, 1st August 2016.

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