Archive for the ‘ADVICE’ Category

08.29.14

LITTLE LIFE LESSONS

we all have that piece of advice that someone we respected gave us, something that stuck in our minds and something that we still follow to this day. some of them are tiny little tips that don’t seem like much but we remember them forever (whether they are fully true or not!) here’s some we’ve found helpful…(and a cute notebook above to write a few down) what helpful tips have you learned along the way?

• always send a thank you note within 5 days.

• never make a big decision late at night, sleep on it.

• don’t have dairy when you have a cold.

• always take a photo of your passport before you go on a trip, in case you lose it it’s easier to go through the process.

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04.03.14

SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED

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hey everyone! we held two social media workshops in our studio last weekend, and i was really happy with how they turned out. everyone had awesome questions and it really felt like we were all involved in a big conversation to help each other’s businesses. in this two hour workshop you will learn how to use pinterest, instagram, twitter and facebook for your blog or brand. i put together a ton of visual examples, stats and did a presentation on how i shoot and edit for instagram.

the next round of classes was announced yesterday to the mailing list and the new dates are half filled. go grab your spot right here. (there’s still a couple spots in the mixology workshops too!)

we set up our modernica chairs and hung up our new pinatas from prospect goods!

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the perfect combination: delicious treats from donut snob (you have to try them, seriously) and a caffeine fix from handsome coffee roasters while everyone chatted before and after the workshop.  hope to see you at the next session! -bri

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(photos by designlovefest & bottom photo by justine dorsey)

06.04.13

RESOURCE LISTS!

something i’ve learned after blogging for 4 years…you NEED resources. and you need to organize them. you may think of an idea and there should be a list that you can refer to so that you can make that idea happen. we use google docs so everyone on the team can easily add to the resource page.

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we all want to make original content. i know for me, the posts that i have been most excited about where when i collaborated with other creatives! (this flower bomb, a backyard party, benefit beauty posts, my living room, style shoots, blogshop events) all of those posts took multiple people to make them possible, and they also made the process more enjoyable. (and easier!) here’s our list we keep around the office…

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05.02.13

ADVICE / 62

today’s question is: “what makes a great boss?” (it’s a long one, we know!)

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KATIE’S ANSWER:

i love to ask this question to potential directors when i go on interviews. i’ve worked with amazing and award winning bosses and ones that made me cry and want to quit. watching the good and bad has made me realize what kind i want to be one day.

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04.24.13

ADVICE / 61

hi guys! i am out of town this week teaching in san francisco, but katie is going to take over for me this week and answer today’s advice question: “what do you look for in a designer or intern?”

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KATIE’S ANSWER:
i look for a solid portfolio that shows a variety of print and web, a nice sense of color and layout. their site is usually straight forward and easy to navigate. when i contact them it’s nice when they respond in a timely manner. don’t keep people waiting or they’ll move on to the next person.

when i’m looking for help i also reach out to people in my network to see if anyone has a good recommendation. i keep in touch with one of my favorite professors from MICA and she always has someone’s info to pass along. every designer she has sent me has been hired. note to students: keep a good relationship with your classmates and your professors. think of them as your coworkers and your boss. they will be one of your most important assets when you graduate. your classmates will go off into the real world and get real jobs. when their boss says “we need help, know anyone?” they will think of you and if you showed up to class on time and if you presented killer work.

when i look at students i think it’s great when they take their project past what was required. i’ve seen some start with a packaging project. then they turned it into a lifestyle shot and then a social media campaign. it’s so great to see people thinking about the big picture. it’s also a major plus when a candidate has lots of skills vs just one. they are more valuable because they can help with so much more.

when it comes to the interview i like it when people look me in the eye. i also like a firm handshake. nobody likes a wimpy one. i know i shouldn’t but when someone gives me get a weak handshake they go down a couple notches in my book. i like when the person laughs or makes me laugh. i like to be around happy people so don’t forget to smile. i like when people ask me a lot of questions (makes me feel better about asking them a ton). i want them to be curious and have an extreme hunger for knowledge. it shows me they’re ambitious and eager to work hard.

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)

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