Hey Kids! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our last #TDKtuesdays event of 2018 at Lone Wolf Tavern! #TDKtuesdays will return in February 2019 so keep your eye on our Facebook page for updates. Did you submit your work to the 2018 TDK Awards yet? This is the best way to get your name in front of some of the most influential designers in the world—including Jessica Walsh, Chris Cooper, and Daniela Garza. Make sure to stay connected during our little winter break and we'll see you guys in February!
— Regan Carey
Get the low down on your fav Chicago creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
Bud Rodecker started with a pirated copy of Photoshop at age 14, and now look at him! We chat with the STA President, Thirst designer & adjunct professor about happy accidents, bringing back the the idea of apprenticeships, and the importance of being able to write well.
Alex Fuller / Leo Burnett
We chat with SVP Design Director at Leo Burnett Dept. of Design, Alex Fuller, about a little of this and a little of that. We touch on the future of design and why designers will need to understand big data; why we will see a desire for more crafted, expressive work; and his love of punk rock typography! ?
It's true, we're a little obsessed here at TDK with OTHER Studio's Creative Director, Eileen Tjan. Besides her super colorful work, we love her approach to working with young designers. Here we chat about the idea of merging creative freedom and passion projects with client jobs; the 4 qualities she looks for in a graduate; and how networking is really just 'making friends'!
Working Artist, Chad Kouri, tells us about discovering his dyslexia and consequently his obsession with letterforms; his lack of social life outside of art openings and design events, plus his inclusion in The Freedom Principle exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art - or, in his words, his '30th birthday present from the world'.
Bright Bright Great
Creative Director/Founder of Bright Bright Great Jason Schwartz is a mad man - in the best way possible. We talked to him about pretty much EVERYTHING, including how a passion project got him his first job, how to think about your career wholly, and that time he held an estate sale for an elderly woman who didn’t end up dying....... - plus so much more, like so so sooo much more!
Nicole Ginelli was spending between 1-2 hours on a Sunday experimenting with her illustration style while being a UX designer through the week... And oh man... has it paid off! She tells us how there is no right way to illustrate and not to get too hung up on, or intimidated by tools. Just start exploring with whatever calls to you!
Jen Serafini's art teacher in elementary school constantly encouraged her, teaching that art can have an impact on our culture and society. Jen tells us of the 3 biggest lessons she has learnt along the way, and also how open and generous the design community is in Chicago. While how important it is to embrace your design community!
Designation is a bootcamp for UX/UI in the States. We get to chat with Mike Joosse, Partner & Community Director from Designation about whats important for students to think about when entering the world of design and their own professional values, amongst a bunch of other interesting topics.
One week after Clay Hickson graduated, he moved to Montreal where he only knew a handful of people and couldn’t legally get a job with not being a citizen. So he started a blog... the rest is history. These days Clay is busy running a press called Tan & Loose on the side of being an illustrator.
We hear a little about Liana Jegers soon to be transitional period going from 8hr days downtown to going solo and the Chicago based creative tells us your work won’t grow if you’re constantly worrying about everyone else styles on social media, make drawings that you feel confident in!
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26th Annual STA Design Inspiration Weekend
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