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Designers and artists are pretty fashionable folks, as you may know. They like to get creative from the clothes they wear to how they organize their desks. If you’ve always wondered about what designers carry in their bags as well, you definitely want to pay attention to this.
Mijlo, a Dutch-based collective which has a backpack project you can back on Kickstarter, has reached out to a group of creatives from all over the world, asking them the essentials they have in their bags. On their site you can find about 100 of these designer bag exposés, so what we have here is just a sneak peek into what you can probably find in a designer’s bag.
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Juani Lu is a designer, photographer and bookbinder from Toronto, who currently lives in Dubai. It is evident just how passionate she is about her craft with the particular items she uses for her craft like thread and the paper cutter. The camera, and a set of pens and markers in her bag complete her artistic endeavours.
Fabrizio Querida is a designer at a graphic design bureau based in Barcelona called Querida (which means lover in Spanish). The array of things featured in the picture display a quirky sense of style as well as humor. The subtle nods to pop culture are pretty cool as well.
Leta Sobierajski is a designer and Creative Director based in New York city, which explains the mug. What makes this display unique is the different combinations of item that seem to go together such as the radical pineapple with sunglasses and the lipstick holding figurine.
Amanda Cole is a graphic designer and illustrator from Newcastle, Australia. She is also co-founder of the Shorthand design studio. Instead of going the conventional route and taking a picture of her items, Amanda went with what she knew. You can really tell that she dials it back down to the real essentials.
Justin Broadbent is an artist based in Canada. Judging by his collection of items military bag, Justin is a fan of coffee and skateboarding. It’s highly likely that he’s 32 years old and dabbles with different mediums of art.
Jordan Blyth is the owner of a small design studio, JB Studio, that specializes in identity design and brand development. His fairly minimalistic style is depicted here by his choices which are black and white in color.
Ed Nacional is a freelance designer and illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. As you see, Ed is a fan of trade marks and symbols. He also uses the stylish field notes notebook and only takes a few things along with him.
What really strikes a person about this photograph is the arrangement of the stuff Daniel has. As a freelance graphic designer that also works in photography and illustration, the Norwegian has a particular elegant style that’s depicted by his accessories.
Kasia is a Melbourne based freelance graphic designer. She is inspired by various people like Wes Anderson and Saul Bass and loves to experiment with different creative elements. Her playful and creative nature comes alive through her things in this photo.
Calen Knauf makes up half of the Knauf and Brown studio based in Vancouver, Canada. The contents of his bag are kind of weird: a pocket camera, notebook, sunglasses, a handy pocket knife and an old cell phone.
A quick glance at the contents inside the bag and you can tell that Adam Gray is someone who loves the outdoors. The artist from San Francisco has a huge imagination as indicated by his selection. Definitely someone with a wide range of interests.
Polly uses photography, videos and sounds to reflect her view of the way human’s experience the world with all its features. In addition to her art, she also works in film and television which is reflected in the items that she carries in her bag.
Originally from Denmark, Thorbjorn Gudnason is a New York based designer. He has a fondness for creating ideas that combine both Scandanavian simplicity and New York mentality which we can see. The contrast between his passport and the rest of his items which are black in color really highlight his taste.
Levi van Veluw
Levi van Veluw is a Dutchman who has produced varying artworks in a combination of different disciplines. The powertools displayed here showcases just how much he plays around with all sorts of materials.
French artist Thimbault Zimmermann is a part of the Zim&Zou brand. Their specialty lies in creating wonderful installations out of phsycial objects although their preferred medium is paper. Thimbault’s vibrant personality comes through below.
Joe Perez is a creative director and graphic artist based in Los Angeles, California. His clients consist of a lot of well-known musicians if you didn’t guess by the guitar and his general style.
Yah-Leng Yu has worked with some renowned names in fashion. Currently she is one of the co-founder’s and a creative director at Foreign Policy Design, which is based in Singapore. You can sense the tropical vibe by the garments pictured below and the particular rustic sense of asthetic.
Adriana is a founder and award-winning designer of Scene 360’s Illusion. Scene 360 is a magazine featuring art, design, and films. As one would expect, as someone who is in charge, she needs a lot of tools in her bags, be it make up or artistic tools.
Amy Woodside is an artist and founder of OKREAL, a site which features stories of everyday women from all over the globe. Her own story unfolds her before our eyes. She comes across as down to earth and someone who appreicates the simple things in life.
As the current Interactive Art Director at Apple, Davy Rudolph is someone who understands what the company is about. His Californian roots are showcased here in the form of the sunglasses and shoes. A fusion of elegance and simplicity.
Share with us what you have in yours in the comments below.
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You know your design skills are up to par. From web layouts to UIs, you consistently impress teammates and clients alike. You’re a true web design maverick. But in the modern work environment, you also have to be a manager – regardless whether you’re responsible for anyone else or not.
Even if you aren’t your own boss, chances are, you’re one of just a few designers in your office – many firms only employ a single designer, or a small team of them. And while it’s nice that you can work your way up the ranks relatively quickly, your forward progress also depends on how well you can manage your own career development. Prove your work has value, and it’s more likely that employers and clients will recognize your overall worth. That means, however, that you may need to have to examine yourself more closely than you have in the past.
In short? It pays to be self-critical. To help you get started, we’ve developed a few tips on how designers can provide their own year-end performance reviews at the end of the year. We’ll cover some common self-review standards, and discuss how designers can use self-assessments to further their personal and professional development.
Why Do A Self-Assessment?
Self-reviewing can do a lot for web designers. All great artists, engineers and makers critique themselves, and improving on past mistakes is a major component of successful training. By examining what you’ve been doing well and what you could have done better during the past year, you gain insight into how you can improve and grow.
It builds your skill set
After you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, you can afford to be selective about the skills you choose to develop. If you’re completely unaware of what you need to do to develop, however, you’ll never know what kind of training and improvement you should undertake – and you’ll waste time and money trying things that don’t really work. Self-reviewing gives you a rudder for steering your career forward, and promotes more intelligent professional development.
You might learn something about communication
The jobs you completearen’t just exchanges of your work in return for compensation. They’re relationships created – between you and a client, or a supervisor, or a team. Use your self-assessment to learn more about these relationships and interactions, so they don’t act as roadblocks in the future.
Designers often overlook the communicative, interactive aspects of their profession. But being able to guide a client or work with a team is an art form in itself, and it impacts how successful you can ultimately be. You need to know how to help those you work with develop ideas, help clients make concepts more concrete, and inject your own design sense into projects, among other things. If you’re not already evaluating yourself on communication skills, you’re way behind the curve.
Self-assessment teaches us how to work more efficiently
Time isn’t always money. Designers can’t simply log hours to get paid – they have to produce greatprojects, respond to feedback, and grow along with their work. The problem? You can only do so much in the time you have.
It earns you leverage
Self-reviews aren’t just good for personal development. You can also use them to justify career advancements, from promotions to raises. Say your direct supervisor knows absolutely nothing about the PHP code that ensures your company’s shopping cart works. Those subtle coding tweaks you’ve been making to cut down on wait times and deliver a more positive user experience aren’t going to be worth much if you can’t prove that they actually resulted in profitability gains.
If, however, you include verifiable statistics in your self-reviews, you’ll find that it gets you bargaining power. When you can demonstrate that the work you do generates actual returns, it’s a lot easier to prove your worth – especially when it comes to getting a promotion or upping your salary.
Choose Legitimate Criteria
Your review won’t mean much if you don’t go about it in a legitimate way. Choose self-review criteria that give the process authenticity and legitimacy.
Remember that your code, layouts and typography have artistic merit and intellectual worth apart from their commercial value. And while you should definitely evaluate what you do based on the joy it brings you, this is completely separate from the compensation, references or other career effects it affords.
Choose evaluation criteria with a focus on:
- Things you can numerically quantify, like the number of client projects you oversaw or the changes in web sales following an idea you implemented.
- Profits you contributed to, such as paid project fees. Don’t be afraid to crack open a spreadsheet.
- Twitter followers, Facebook likes, or other social contributions, including mentions in professional communities or design blogs, that attract attention and buzz for your company.
- Projects or initiatives that helped enact real change in your organization.
- Feedback from clients, team members, and other peers. Consider both written reviews and informal comments.
- Time you lost, misused or wasted, or projects that missed the mark. Be honest about your shortcomings – assessments that leave them out aren’t effective.
Implement Performance Metrics
Take your criteria, and create a numerical scale to evaluate how you’ve done over the past 12 months. You don’t have to take up accounting or linear algebra, but make it easy to chart your progress visually using a spreadsheet or similar application.
If you’re having trouble getting your bearings with time tracking or spreadsheets, there are plenty of options available. Microsoft Office, Asana, Trello and a host of other paid, free and mobile-ready apps make it easy to get started.
Remember that simplicity is your overall goal. If you have to do a lot of work to track your performance, it will be much harder to keep up the habit. No matter what kind of planner you feel comfortable using, simply integrate it into your routine to get a better, more objective read on your productivity and performance.
Gauge the Quality of What You Produce
Take into account feedback from supervisors and clients about final products. If you don’t already, send out follow-up emails after projects or keep track of the customer satisfaction surveys your company already performs. When working for supervisors who have a lot on their plates, it may be helpful to document their informal responses to your output.
Another way to assess client satisfaction and the quality of your work? Noting how long it lasted after you created it. We’ve all toiled over a project only to have a client decide they wanted a completely different design after only a few weeks. Could the way you did the work have something to do with its lifespan? As a professional, it’s important to assess the long-term utility of your work as well as its short-term impact.
Solicit Unbiased Critiques
Design forums, online magazines and other community resources are all valuable sources of information and assessment. You don’t have to completely change your technique to satisfy the whims of someone on the Internet, of course, but you can learn something positive by posting your content and asking for feedback oncommunities like Behance, Cargo Collective, Dribbble and Coroflot.
Asking people to critique your work can be an ordeal, especially if you’re not prepared for the responses you receive. While it’s usually fine to post a design to a forum like Reddit’s /r/web_design with a general critique tag and a brief note introducing the project, you may find it helpful to solicit a more focused response.
For example, if you’ve created a functional web portal UI, you can specifically ask people to comment on that aspect of the design. Letting people know what the original project goals or terms were is a good way to gain an objective perspective on whether or not you hit the mark. Actively seeking out critique of your own work will also be a selling point for managers and employers.
Plumb the Depths of the Zeitgeist
If you haven’t been keeping up with recenttrends in the design world, taking a moment to catch up may help provide context for your work. Again, you don’t need to sacrifice your personal style for the sake of trends, but it can help to learn where your creations stand in comparison to what else is out there. This can also provide you with valuable inspiration. Be sure to check out blogs like but does it float?, Design Work Life, it’s designed, The Ministry of Type, Little Big Details, ux movement, Smashing Magazine, and, of course, Instant Shift.
The Actual Evaluation
Now that you’ve come up with criteria and some kind of grading system, put them to good use. Evaluate your performance in each area, making sure to note how different jobs, tasks or projects you undertook had an impact on your performance.
Remember to formalize your review process by keeping records. While you may be the only person who ever sees this documentation, it can serve as a vital reference later on. Review records are especially important for those whose career paths eventually change or follow unconventional courses. Say you end up becoming a freelancer while you’re between jobs. Although keeping an eye on the money you make is a smart way to track your productivity, having a formal self-review record to reference can also help. Designers often juggle more than one duty, handling code, visual web layouts, logos and other branding elements interchangeably. Keep review records that let you determine which of your many career responsibilities are the most lucrative.
Finally, when creating records, always include comprehensive notes.Be certain to annotate references to supervisor reviews, live projects and other examples of your work. These links can give your review more weight, should you need to pass it on to an employer. And, if you’ve got them all in one place, they’re easier to insert into a resume or portfolio.
The Final Hurdle
Evaluating yourself critically and impartially is tough for anyone – designers included. Maintaining an impersonal attitude is the only way to get over your apprehension about reviewing your work and actually start evaluating yourself constructively.
Find a dispassionate middle ground, and judge yourself as accurately as possible – without ignoring problems or beating yourself up over past errors. Remember that mistakes are only mistakes until you correct them. Biting the bullet and assessing yourself accurately and effectively is the best way to start.
Already performing your own year-end reviews? Let us know about your techniques in the comments.
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