When I decided to take up design as a profession in 2010, I mailed a number of the leaders in the industry then for advice. Only Tola Alabi responded. I decided to face development of my skill using Google but I vouched that from then on, whatever I learn along the way, I will share so that less people get to suffer rejection. Fast forward a few years later, some people now think I’m a leader in the industry (only God knows what is deceiving them that I am that awesome) and when I decided to write a book to help fresh designers in the industry by interviewing industry leaders, everyone who didn’t reply me then replied now.
Samson Aligba introduced me to a video of Michael Bierut some days ago. I’ve raided YouTube ever since for every single video of him because I love the simplicity of his work and he is a really really polite man who still doesn’t accept the shitty things people do and has a very polite way of saying no.
I’m watching this video this morning and he has given the reassurance I require for rejecting potentially bad prospects without letting them allow me feel guilty for it. I’ve been on this journey professionally for 6 years and I know for a fact that I do not work well with arrogant people, people who want everything only at the last minute and people who want you in their presence for every single thing (the type that want you to come to their office to send them an email – exaggerated but you know what I mean).
A friend – a brand identity consultant – asked me a question and I think my opinion might be useful to somebody.
Working with people I know or better still my friends or my brother’s friends, they always want free work and anytime I try to tell them that I am either not available for now due to other works I have or they will have to pay, they tend to back-off and act as if I am being proud.
Is it just me, because I feel like people think I am too young to be able to speak up especially when it comes to money/asking for money for my services. What’s your advice sir?
Please where can I enrol to be trained as a certified demotivational speaker? Because some people will not give themselves sense till we use floral bordered paper to slap it in their head.
Some people are complete buttocks at their places of employment. When they finally leave, it is because of them they coined ‘good riddance to rubbish’. Then another self christened rubbish of a motivational speaker with no employment records who managed to buy patterned suit, shine-shine pocket square and colour-colour socks through shifty means will now come and say you should quit your job and dive into entrepreneurship.
Dear Creatives, If you want to reap the benefits of working for free, offer it, don’t get asked for it.
When people ask you to work for free, they usually offer something in exchange; most times it’s exposure. By so doing, a barter has occurred and they no longer see your service as a favour but a business backed by a gentleman’s agreement.
Even though this design and its caption were developed just for laughs (out of a true life situation I must admit), like everything else in life, it has generated a lot of debate.
In every debate, there will always be 3 parties. Those against, those for and those who will be neutral. This image has been everywhere; BB, twitter, facebook and nairaland so I’ve been able to gather lots of fors and againsts.
First and foremost, there is no such thing as a ‘photoshop printing problem’. There are only uninformed/incompetent printers. So what’s the printer’s bone of contention? The answer is simple. Their ‘offset’ printing machines work with CMYK, not RGB
Dear me! The drag comes to an end. I’ve been promising to write this article since forever. I finally got pushed by a good friend (Pontus Wellgraf) to get it done.
Before you get over excited thinking it is magic, IT IS NOT! In fact, it is grueling hours of strenuous work with hardly any profit-at least not financial. But it pays off in the long run. What makes you a good and successful business man? The answer is; eyes on ‘the long run’. Have I discouraged you? Close shop and go look for employment. Owning a business is not for you. OH MY GOSH! I just discouraged you further. Sorry, start sending your CV.