HOW TO BECOME A FAMOUS GRAPHIC DESIGNER
I am about to graduate and I really want to become a famous graphic designer. Can you give me some advice before I start my career?
This is a very common question and there is no easy answer so I took the liberty to consult Professor Powers who has experience in this matter. The following list is an indication of just a few things that will guarantee you success.
Change your family status: Become a footballers wife or become a daughter of a famous hotel owner
Think big: Steal large – this always makes the headline news
Reintroduce streaking in a different context other than the football field: maybe your next presentation
Discover something new: land or species
Find a cure: just save as many lives as possible
Change your name: Four letters and slightly Swedish always works
Change your attitude: self centered, egotistic and pretentious preferably all at the same time
Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer
Accessorise: iphone, ipad, ianything
Communicate: Twitter like crazy and if you have nothing to say just retweet and retweet again make sure you are on top of that list. And of course don’t forget all other platforms. I think faxing is also coming back.
And don’t forget your first project will define your design style. We recommend you design and publish a retrospective book about your life and design career as soon as you graduate.
Whats the difference between using a cliché idea or stealing an idea, as both ideas have been done before?
Stealing is using someone else’s good idea in a bad way. A cliché is using someone else’s bad idea in a good way.
All the fonts I have, I either downloaded illegally or copied from friends or previous companies I have worked for. Do you think its a problem if I use them?
If your mission as a designer is to ensure that type designers are malnutritioned and badly dressed, then there is no problem.
I keep dropping the studio pens in my bag, it has become a sort of automated action. To my surprise I seem to have acquired a large amount over time without even noticing. Is it OK to steal the studio pens, if I am not actually conscious of doing it?
Dear Pen Pal,
I hope you are not referring to Wacom pens?