Things I learned from the second day at We Can Create.
Film director, New Zealand
From Chris Graham, I learned that as a director (or a designer) you need to assert your vision. Even if you are working with big names and you are no-one. People will respect you for it.
He also reiterated a concept about portfolios I’ve feel strongly about: If you present the kinds of work you want to do, you won’t have to pitch to do it later. Look at your portfolio as a pitching tool.
Engin Celikbas from Kesselskramer
Companies are changing and becoming multi-disciplinary. Hype and a different perspective will make your project memorable.
Eric Rodenback from Stamen Design
Data visualisation, San Fransisco
Eric Rodenback from Stamen Design brought together data with interesting ways to present it. It sounds geeky and it is geeky, but it’s wildly entertaining, beautiful and educational. He works with graphs, maps, diagrams like you have never seen them before.
One thing that I found interesting: To protect their hard work, cartographers and companies add fictitious trap streets to their maps. But shouldn’t maps be available to anyone to use and distribute? The result of this is open street map which is user submitted, open source maps for anyone to use.
Karin Fong from Imaginary Forces
Motion graphics, USA
Don’t be generic. Make your client’s pieces as specific as possible.
We all have a bag of tricks up our sleeve to try new projects on. When you see something you like, let it inspire you and keep it in your mind for future projects.
Eike Koenig from Hort
Graphic design, Berlin
“Always look to the future and how you want to build relationships”.
“By accepting your limitations, you gain freedom”.