With 17,116 comments on 452 blog posts, it’s good to step back from time-to-time and republish what you’re saying. Here’s another quick round of reader comments.
“In education, we use the analogy of “two stars and a wish” – tell me two things you like about what you’ve seen and the one thing that would make an immediate, important improvement.
“Often on a second draft looking at just one piece of work needing retouched, you’ll hit on several others yourself, without the need for a client (or teacher) to come out with masses of red ink.”
— EWAN MCINTOSH
Rob, on The “I Love New York” logo:
“One of the reasons this logo has lasted so long and remained as popular as it has, is that the New York tourism board had the good sense not to change it, add things, make it look “more contemporary” etc. How many logos don’t change AT ALL in 30 years? Someone in this thread mentioned Paul Rand’s brilliant UPS logo… which the company has recently thrown in the trash and replaced with a generic, meaningless shield/gradient/bevel-thing that looks like the “Raid” insecticide package.
“It’s not all up to the designers… a great design results from a collaboration with clients who are not idiots. Which seems to be more and more rare.”
“Do not use free fonts.
“You can’t use them commercially. They are for private use only (most of the time). This means you can’t use them for a client, paid or otherwise, which renders them useless.
“They are a pain and often don’t work or are corrupt.”
— LEE NEWHAM
“Not only will you make mistakes, making mistakes (and learning from them) early on is absolutely vital to your growth and potential for future success.”
— DUANE KINSEY
“When I was in my final year [of formal education] I wanted to learn a bit more about the print process so I managed to get a job in a local printers. I was in there a day or two a week helping out, and was getting paid, with some really good perks for coursework printing too, as you can imagine. Even If I wasn’t getting paid though, I reckon I would have at least put in some time there to learn the stuff you don’t get taught in class.
“Most students aren’t aware of opportunities that are out there for them, but if you look hard enough there are always some options to better yourself – you just need to have that spark and itch to want to work.”
— MARK MCCORKELL
Thanks for the continued chat. It helps keep me motivated.
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