Designers Are Scary! Recap
🥳 Hooray! We held the first edition of Designers are Scary! And the love and turn-out was incredible. We had over 350 creatives from across the world sign-up, and the engagement came from all corners of the globe: 🇫🇷 🇻🇳 🇲🇽 🇦🇺 🏴 🇩🇪 🇪🇸 🇸🇬 🏴 🇩🇴 🇭🇰
Our panelists shared from their hearts, offered genuine advice and resources to even the odds for the next generation. Here are a few things shared:
Margaret talked about her fears during her first year of freelancing and how important it is to seek out a community. She emphasized the importance of never being afraid to reach out to people you admire. "Even if you don't hear back from them, you are already moving outside your comfort zone by trying."
Scott pointed out the need for young designers to deliberately seek out gifted people within large organizations to nurture meaningful growth. He didn't forget to mention how stressful interviews can be, and the importance of practice to grow confidence. He also highlighted these powerful words: "Don't show work you don't want to do more of in your portfolio."
Briy was candid about her own fears, and the magic of 'Shooting her Shot'. Put yourself on the radar of people you admire and want to work with. She also dwelled on the importance of being a nice person in the design industry because word of mouth connects you to opportunities. Briy summarized her feelings on transparency with the words: “Everyone can eat...Just be nice."
Tyler focused on the value of converting downtime into opportunities to learn new skills, especially as a freelancer. He also played up the need to sort out communities and being organized with sources of inspiration to pull from. He spoke about the opportunities of the remote work culture and also the daringness to "Move where the work is going."
"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” -Bruce Lee
Some of Bruce Lee's wisdom was also shared, as they demystified the design industry and brought humanity to the journey and process. It was enriching, refreshing, and empowering. If you have made it this far, here are a few resources shared by our Panelists: Briy's StarterPack, DesignerSlack, iLoveCreatives, IndexSpaces, and AIGA.
Watch the recording below!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first edition of Designers are Scary!
Our next event will be June 6th, 2023