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How to Launch New Creative Projects

How to Launch New Creative Projects

Mary Jo Miller is hands-on in all of her creative projects. “Corporately, they want me to be more paper-driven, like a design brief,” the Vice President of Design and Creative Direction at HBF Textiles says. But that’s just not Mary Jo, who would rather test new color...
Danielle Barnes on How to Talk the Talk

Danielle Barnes on How to Talk the Talk

Danielle Barnes became the CEO of Women Talk Design in 2017, years after befriending and sitting in on UX design classes led by its founder, Christina Wodtke. The two bonded over the need to see more women and non-binary speakers onstage, especially as Christina was...
Mat Cash on Recognizing the Potential in Projects

Mat Cash on Recognizing the Potential in Projects

In the Kings Cross studio in London, Mat Cash and his colleagues spend months unpacking project briefs to get to the heart of a building or product’s real potential. Since joining Heatherwick Studio in 2006, Mat has been responsible for some of the studio’s largest...
Kim Colin’s 7-Step Guide to Smart Design

Kim Colin’s 7-Step Guide to Smart Design

Seven years ago, when award-winning designers Kim Colin and Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility were designing Locale, a collaborative office furniture system for Herman Miller, they had another idea: tables. “We weren’t asked for tables, but out of that work we were...
How to Bring Pattern into Your Next Project

How to Bring Pattern into Your Next Project

When we think about pattern, our minds often go straight to the bold: animal print, brocade, floral, something loud and geometric, made in a flurry of colors that floods the senses. It’s one reason why some designers stray from busy motifs, opting instead for a...
6 Creatives on What They Wish They Knew Years Earlier

6 Creatives on What They Wish They Knew Years Earlier

1. I’d wish I’d known succinctly that hard work would pay off. I was frustrated by the perceived ghosts you’d hear about. I thought you needed glowing accreditations and prestigious college degrees and a host of frivolities like “good looks” and “family money” and...
Rob Zilla on Making the Leap to Full-time Freelance

Rob Zilla on Making the Leap to Full-time Freelance

Self-described “vector art monster” Robert Generette III, aka Rob Zilla, taught for 20 years, most recently photography, before quitting to freelance full-time in the DC area, having worked repeatedly with mega clients like the NBA, ESPN, Xbox, and Adobe. “I was...