We have talked about different generations and how belonging to one or the other may influence the way we act. Sometimes, we also have to fight some stereotypes that are associated with a specific generation. This interesting article shares some light on the stereotypes following the millennial generation, and how to fight them to find a keep a good job. It looks like the infographic link is not working, so, click on the to see the full image.

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Power words may be the key to unlock your dream job; while you want to avoid cliche’ expressions, power words may elevate even the humblest of jobs. Here is a list of resources for using power words appropriately:
• military.com (thank you Mark Silva)
• time.com list of power words
• power words pdf

Good luck everyone!

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61ta7cbUIML._SY300_The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook Of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines is a wonderful source for anything related to the business of graphic design, from pricing to copyrights to business documents. It is published yearly, so it is always up to date. At $25, it is definitely a great investment in your future.

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This is another great resource as you are venturing into the “real world”. The name of the site is now Millo (previously GDB, business tips for designers.) As we all know designers are “creatives”, which means that often are clueless when it comes to business and money.

This site has interesting tips for freelancers and lots of advice.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 2.30.04 PMWriting (or talking) about yourself is probably one of the most difficult things to do: what do you say? What do you “hide”? How much information is too much information? However, being able to summarize who you are and what you are like is fundamental for landing your dream job.

This very useful article from 99u (powered by Behance) offers great tips on writing an about page that gets you hired. Give it a try.

Extra Credit (up to 10pt)– Write your About Me page and turn it in by Day 22. Spelling and writing style count. No late assignments accepted

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I hope that today’s talk is informative and inspirational. As promised, I am posting links to various resources. Enjoy.

A resource sheet
Simple proposal Template
AIGA proposal I (template)
AIGA proposal II (explanation)
Fictitious Business Name info
Business tax info

Another resource can be the Small Business Association, particular helpful if you want to start your own business: it offers workshops and other resources. However, do keep in mind that is not specifically catered to Graphic Designers http://www.growmybiz.org/

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Leaving school is an amazing, exciting and terrifying time. Why not share these feelings (plus ideas and inspiration) with fellow graduates, who are probably going through the same? The design Kids aims to do just that, and much more. You can get inspired, involved in their meet-ups, get hired or simply meet other similar minded friends.

Take it for a spin!

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We talked about many different way to present ourselves as professional designer, in order to make lots of money. Producing Spec Work was not one of them.

Spec work does not help anyone, because no one is fully invested in the project. If you need help saying NO to a potential “client” that tries to convince you/ pressure you into doing spec work, read this article from AIGA: it will give you ammunition, and also a sample letter you can use to refuse.

If you need more convincing, check this article from nuschool.com that details why free work is not valued.

For fun, watch this short video, created by TopicSimple on what spec work is:

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Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 9.58.57 AMAnother great resource for creating your wireframe. UXpin, a company creating tools for designer and UX practitioners, is offering a free e-book on wireframes.

To get your copy, go to uxpin.com,enter your email, and you will receive the link.

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Wireframes are a wonderful way to focus on clear layouts and communication, before adding any embellishments. Eliminating colors and complex design elements allows you to focus on what is really important, and speed up development time.

Read more about Wireframes in this quick “getting started” article by Medium.com.

Some Good Resources
• Adobe Illustrator is a great tool, as it includes easy tool and symbols library containing common web elements.
• In depth tutorial on how to create Illustrator Wireframes
Free Illustrator (and omnigraffe) icons from Webalys
• Free wireframing elements from jankoatwarpspeed.com
Moqups, a free web app that allows you to create wireframes and save them as pdf
• A good primer on creating wireframes

No matter what tool you use, remember to focus on layout and hierarchy, and to leave plenty of negative space.

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