Designers with less experience than I have often ask me for advice on getting hired. As most of my design work has been in self-employment, I’m not the best person to ask — one reason why I started the “What employers look for” series — but if you’re finding studio work hard to come by, I overheard this valuable tip in a chat between Mike Dempsey and Michael Wolff.
“Younger designers [are] getting into a very overcrowded business, and increasingly so. Do you have any thoughts?”
“I do actually. The main thought I have is don’t think a design company is where a designer should necessarily be, because if you’re interested in creativity and you are creative and you can see and you have got curiosity and you do appreciate things and you have got imagination, take it anywhere. Go and work in any company. Go and bring it to anyone who’ll listen to you.
“The design company is not the only place to be a designer. In fact it’s actually in some ways a rather constraining place to be a designer.”
Transcribed from the closing remarks of this 40-minute recording.
Related (from the archives): An excellent 12-minute video of Michael Wolff on creativity.
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