Mastering the Informational Interview

Mastering the Informational Interview - Shifting Careers - Small Business - New York Times Blog

Informational interviews can be a useful tool throughout your career, not just when you’re thinking about a new job or a new line of work. You can do informational interviews when you want to learn more about a certain career move or even what it would feel like to get involved in a new project like writing a book, starting a blog, or running your own company.

Senior Blog Links

I've added links to the senior blogs in the side bar. If your name is missing, it’s because you have not sent me your URL. Now you can start reading and commenting on your classmates’ posts. First post is due Thursday.

Getting Design Done

creativepro.com - Getting Design Done

Here's how to apply the principles of a well-known productivity system to your creative process. The resulting creative habits can boost your design skills while they reduce stress and free your mind to tackle big problems.


Inspiring Business Cards on Flickr

IDD Seniors – here's some inspiration for the tasks to come...

Business Cards - a photoset on Flickr

An Alternative Spring Break Anyone?

south by southwest festivals conferences

The SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of exciting panel content and amazing parties. Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology entrepreneurs, the event celebrates the best minds and the brightest personalities of emerging technology. Whether you are a hard-core geek, a dedicated content creator, a new media entrepreneur, or just someone who likes being around an extremely creative community, SXSW Interactive is for you!

Good Examples of Innovative Thinking

19 Best Ads I Have Ever Seen - UADDit

R/GA in the New York Times

This is the company I mentioned in class yesterday:
Madison Avenue’s 30-Second Spot Remover - New York Times

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes - the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing that you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things."
- Apple Computer ad, 1997

Online Marketing Tools for Creative Pros

creativepro.com - Online Marketing Tools for Creative Pros

It seems like each month brings another new-fangled online marketing tool -- too many, really, and who knows whether they work or will be gone by next year? Are they worth the time and money? It's hard to know, but here are some pros and cons of the latest relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use options.


Are you as creative as you want to be?

Are you as creative as you want to be? - Lifehack.org

The “genetic” view of creativity may explain part of each person’s ability to innovate, but any gift has to be nurtured and released to make it useful. I think that a “naturally gifted” person who takes his or her creativity for granted, and does little to keep it sharp, may well be less innovative in practice than someone with less natural aptitude but more determination to develop.

With that in mind, I offer these observations on ways to extend and polish your own innovative powers, whatever they might be. By using such approaches diligently, you can indeed become more creative than you are today — and maybe more creative than you even imagine.

The Ultimate Student Resource List

The Ultimate Student Resource List - Lifehack.org

It’s back to school time, yet again. In the spirit of the season, I decided to gather together the best tools, websites, and advice I know of to help make you a more effective and relaxed student this semester. Since I know you’re broke, it’s all free!


New Public Domain Images on Flickr

Flickr: The Commons

Back in June of 2007, we began our first collaboration with a civic institution to facilitate giving people a voice in describing the content of a publicly-held photography collection.

The key goals of this pilot project are to firstly give you a taste of the hidden treasures in the huge Library of Congress collection, and secondly to show how your input of a tag or two can make the collection even richer.

You're invited to help describe photographs in the Library of Congress' collection on Flickr, by adding tags or leaving comments.

More Library of Congress Photos on Flickr


Cool Posters of advice from graduating students to freshman

advice to sink in slowly

Advice to sink in slowly is a series of posters designed by recent and established graduates of University College Falmouth for the purpose of passing on advice and inspiration to first year students.

A poster is given as a welcoming gift to every first year student when they enroll.

Watch out for the Design Police!

They are coming to a classroom near you...

Design Police | Bring bad design to justice.

3 Graphic Designers Recreate D-Day

You have to watch this!

via Design Observer


Time to start planning for your portfolio website...

creativepro.com - View Source: The Easy Way to Add Dynamic Elements to Web Sites
Until recently, you probably only used the word 'spry' to describe an aging yet still nimble person. But Dreamweaver CS3 introduced the world to a new meaning of the word: an exciting set of tools based on Adobe's Spry Framework for Ajax. Spry is a set of JavaScript files that let you easily add dynamic elements, such as drop-down navigation menus, tabbed panels, and interactive data tables, to a Web page.


You really should start thinking about portfolios

Speak Up › Small Design Ephemera: The Alternative Portfolio

A designer I met earlier this year, John Walsh, who paid me a visit while traveling in New York all the way from Manchester, UK was kind enough to gift me with an alternative portfolio. A hand-bound eight-by-eight-inch book with colorful tassels hanging from the spine, in a black cardboard sandwiched set of glossy pages with a rough-hewn look and feel that was hard to resist. A one of a kind book. Just for me. Inside, it was filled with loose images, logos, typographic treatments, spreads (or parts of spreads) and other things that may or may not be part of other projects...