For most of last week I had the opportunity to explore New York City with family and friends! NYC is known for being forward-thinking in many areas and the area of design is no exception. Though the extent of our trip included far more than strictly graphic design elements, I think there are aspects we can glean from this man-made city through nearly all of its monuments and sights. I'd love to share a few design ideas I took away from some of my favorite spots in NYC.
Up and coming designers often approach me asking for work. My response is always the same. "Why don't you send me your portfolio and when I have a project that will fit you, I'll reach out to you." It seems (to me anyway) like a simple and reasonable request. If I'm going to hire you for a job I need to know that a) you will follow through with what I've asked you to do and b) you have an eye for good design. The thing is these up and coming designers never bring me their portfolio. I think it's because they don't have one. Though you may not be a designer, here are a few tips on creating a good portfolio.
I'm not really a very sentimental guy, so I don't remember the date or even how many years ago it was that Kristen Stevens started working for me as an intern. Oh, wait, I made her blog about it! Hang one it was ... June 2011. We'll, here we are 5 years later, and Kristen has come a long way. She is absolutely the best person I could have working for me.