andreis .

andreis .

Portland, OR Designer Joined over 3 years ago

  • 4 stories
  • Posted to New Nissan Logo joins the flat design party, Mar 30, 2020

    I hope the next generation of designers are going to stop getting so worked up about logo redesigns...

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  • Posted to What is your design career goal?, in reply to Yannic Nachname , Aug 27, 2019

    For strategy and vision, I can highly recommend starting with these two books - "Creative Strategy and the Business of Design" by Douglas Davis and "All Of The Other Marketing Books Are Crap" by Denise Kohnke.

    With delegation skills it's a bit more tricky, you can certainly find many books on that topic int the business world, plenty from Harward Business Review for example. But, I think the practical side needs to be explored just as much as the theoretical.

    To practice, come up with a simple design project, let's say a landing page. Work on the creative brief and a project brief (from the two books above, you'll learn that these two briefs are very different, and writing each takes time and effort). And then, find a freelancer to get it done. For the sake of experiment, go with Upwork or Fiver, so you are not spending too much of your own $ to learn on your own mistakes :)

    You can also add more complexity where you are working separately with a copywriter, designer, and developer. This experience will most definitely elevate your project management and delegation skills.

    Hope that helps!

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  • Posted to What is your design career goal?, Aug 20, 2019

    The current goal is to grow my vision, strategy, and delegation skills. Having been designing for almost 12 years, I'm now starting to notice that my ideas are outpacing my ability and time available to get those ideas produced/made. I'm ready to transition from an Individual Contributor to a director/manager role so I can produce work at scale.

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  • Posted to Designers who are 40 plus, how are you..., in reply to Andrew C , Apr 14, 2019

    Thank you for sharing, this is a great angle to look at it. Can you recall any specific turning moments when started moving from design to strategy/management?

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  • Posted to Designers who are 40 plus, how are you..., in reply to Timothy McKenna , Apr 10, 2019

    Thank you for sharing! Would you say that working for the government is a safer choice when it comes to ageism/layoffs?

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  • Posted to Uber's Undoing Part III: Redemption, Oct 29, 2018

    Eli, thank you for having a point of view. Enjoyed reading it.

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  • Posted to Introducing, Aug 09, 2017

    Thank you for your generosity!

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  • Posted to Designers weigh in: Did Snapchat succeed because of its controversial UI?, Mar 09, 2017

    Snapchat succeed because of the concept behind the app. It offered freedom to make mistakes and have fun with your friends instead of wasting time on creating a perfect image of your life. UI, design and branding are secondary to its success.

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  • Posted to What are the best non-design books that designers should read?, Nov 29, 2016

    I think it's important to read fiction as well. Unfortunately there aren't many books with the designers as a main protagonist except 2 novels by Chip Kidd - Cheese Monkeys Book 1 and Book 2.

    In the first book we are introduced on a college professor, Winter Sorbeck, who introduces the main character to graphic design. His monologues on differences between design and art, the importance of observation, and the history of design inspired me more than any design self-help book.

    Another novel which I really enjoyed is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. And before I get lynched over here for daring to recommend an author who serves as an advertising banner for republicans, let me just say that any book offers a point of view, what matters is what you take out of it. This book tells the story of two architects - one who struggles with creative integrity of his work and another one who craves social approval (read: dribbble likes). There is obviously a lot of side plots, characters and topics int his looooooong novel, as well as the introduction of the much critiqued Rand's Objectivism philosophy. But i guarantee you, as a creative person you will find a lot similar experiences main characters are going through in this book.

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  • Posted to How did you overcome your darkest days in your career? , Nov 15, 2016

    When I'm in a rut, I always think of an advice my Creative Director once gave me - we are used to have bad and good days, but sometimes it can be a bad week or a month, as long as you accept that it happens and treat yourself nicely during the tough times (no self shaming or guilt) you'll get through it unharmed.

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