The New York Times has posted a great series of articles about manufacturing that still occurs within the borders of NYC’s five boroughs. Check out the video summation and then move on to the individual articles.
Assuming you had a soul to start, the book, “How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul”, is a must have for anyone looking to operate their own graphic design business. You can create the most mind blowing work the world has ever seen, but if your clients don’t pay, you’ll be living in a van down by the river.
Full information | “Designers are quick to tell us about their sources of inspiration, but they are much less willing to reveal such critical matters as how to find work, how much they charge, and what to do when a client rejects three weeks of work and refuses to pay the bill. How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul addresses the concerns of young designers who want to earn a living by doing expressive and meaningful work, and who want to avoid becoming hired drones working on soulless projects. Written by a designer for designers, it combines practical advice with philosophical guidance to help young professionals embark on their careers.
How should designers manage the creative process? What’s the first step in the successful interpretation of a brief? How do you generate ideas when everything just seems blank? How to be a graphic designer offers clear, concise guidance for these questions, along with focused, no-nonsense strategies for setting up, running, and promoting a studio, finding work, and collaborating with clients.”
This video is of a concerned customer of Bank of America, who feels the business practices of the firm are unjust. Give him a listen, and decide for yourself if you agree or disagree. Whether you agree with Roy about Bank of America, this thought process is one that all Americans should use for everyone they do business with. No one should support companies, stores or even individuals in their life that are only there to take advantage of your patronage and support.