STANDING OUT

WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

My survival guide to being a designer in London

STANDING OUT

WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

My survival guide to being a designer in London

STANDING OUT
WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

My survival guide to being a designer in London

YOUR FIRST STEPS INTO DESIGN

My personal tips, everything I believe in

YOUR FIRST STEPS INTO DESIGN

My personal tips, everything I believe in

YOUR FIRST STEPS INTO DESIGN

My personal tips, everything I believe in

BOOKS

BOOKS

SOCIAL

These pages are by designers, but they are unique in talking about the struggles of being a creative, mental health and the the overall things we go through in life.

INSTAGRAM

1. @adamjk

2. @thingsarewhatyoumakeofthem

3. @letstalkaboutmentalhealth

4. @subliming.jpg

5. @ceklewis

6. @notestostrangers

 

YOUTUBE

youtube.com/ceklewis

MEETUPS

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.

So get your face out there, get familiar with Shoreditch, go to talks after work. Say hi to the people there, make connections, friendships and share your experiences.

GENERAL

1. designcalendar.io

2. generalassemb.ly

3. thedesignkids.org/cities/

london/calendar

4. meetup.com

5. eventbrite.co.uk

6. glugevents.com

7. ycn.org/events/upcoming

8. itsnicethat.com/nicer-tuesdays

9. roundhouse.org.uk/young-creatives

10. creativemornings.com

11. secondhome.io/cultural-programme

STRICTLY FOR THE LADIES

1. geekgirlmeetup.co.uk

2. developher.org

3. hexagonux.com

4. ladiesthatux.com/london

5. weareshesays.com

FONTS

When your in an agency, you have all the premium fonts you like.

Until then you have to use the free resources available to you. Google fonts are fail safe, beautiful and license free.

For posters, logos and projects with more freedom, I have included my preferred font sites. Check the license rules before using in public.

1. fonts.google.com

2. fonts.greatsimple.io

3. awwwards.com/awwwards/

collections/free-fonts

4. graphicburger.com/tag/font

BLOGS

Job interviews often include questions about the industry and questions to find out about your design taste. These are my favourite blogs that keep me in touch with what’s happening.

1. muz.li.com

2. madebyfolk.com

3. omglord.com

4. underconsideration.com/

brandnew

WEBSPIRATION

Whatever industry your in, it is vital to keep up-to-date with what’s happening, what’s the latest trend and projects. You can share things that you think are cool in work emails or use them as inspiration for your own projects.

1. awwwards.com

2. thefwa.com

3. siteinspire.com

DIVERSITY

There are now many groups for the different types of people in our industry. If they have a closed Facebook group, you’ll find people posting job ads, articles and conversations relating to getting new people into the industry. Find your niche, and those groups online.

1. facebook.com/groups/

madlandhack

2. facebook.com/groups/theotherbox

3. badass.gal

4. bettershared.co

There are now many groups for the different types of people in our industry. If they have a closed Facebook group, you’ll find people posting job ads, articles and conversations relating to getting new people into the industry. Find your niche, and those groups online.

1. facebook.com/groups/

madlandhack

2. facebook.com/groups/theotherbox

3. badass.gal

4. bettershared.co

There are now many groups for the different types of people in our industry. If they have a closed Facebook group, you’ll find people posting job ads, articles and conversations relating to getting new people into the industry. Find your niche, and those groups online.

1. facebook.com/groups/

madlandhack

2. facebook.com/groups/theotherbox

3. badass.gal

4. bettershared.co

CULTURE

Do you understand what it’s like to work at your dream place, to be one of them?

The best way to find out is to check out their instagram account. How do they dress, do they have fun parties?

Equally expect designers to check out your Instagram. Make sure it’s creative as well as fun.

Find your favorite studios, follow them, understand their culture

PORTFOLIO

These are two popular portfolio making sites, I made mine with Semplice. You have to pay for these, but they are industry standard for designers, you may be able to find free sites too.

I’ve also linked my Pinterest pages with inspiration of how to layout my portfolio case studies.

PORTFOLIO MAKER SITES

1. semplice.com

2. squarespace.com

 

PORTFOLIO INSPIRATION

1. www.pinterest.co.uk/

franciscolondon/

portfolio-project-presentation/

2. www.pinterest.co.uk/

franciscolondon/

portfolios-designers-studios/

These are two popular portfolio making sites, I made mine with Semplice. You have to pay for these, but they are industry standard for designers, you may be able to find free sites too.

I’ve also linked my Pinterest pages with inspiration of how to layout my portfolio case studies.

PORTFOLIO MAKER SITES

1. semplice.com

2. squarespace.com

 

PORTFOLIO INSPIRATION

1. www.pinterest.co.uk/

franciscolondon/portfolio-project-presentation/

2. www.pinterest.co.uk/

franciscolondon/

portfolios-designers-studios/

D.I.Y

So much can be done on our own. Big Cartel is a cheap way to sell your stuff, Shopify is the next level and can be fully automated, and Etsy has a different commision based payment model.

Tropicool worked on Dropshipping, meaning I never bought loads of shirts.

I took orders on my site, and then printed a shirt and sent them straight to the customer from the printers. These are the companies I used.

E-COMMERCE

1. bigcartel.com

2. shopify.com

3. etsy.com

DROPSHIPPING

1. streetshirts.co.uk

2. inkthreadable.com

3. theprintspace.co.uk

JOBS

Advice from my friends for you job seekers

JOBS

Advice from my friends for you job seekers.

JOBS

Advice from my friends for you job seekers

JOBS

Advice from my friends for you job seekers

ONLINE JOB LISTINGS

It’s been a while since I’ve had to job hunt, so there must be way more job listing sites than these.

Online Job Listings

1. ifyoucouldjobs.com

2. designjobsboard.com

3. adjobwall.com

4. linkedin.com/jobs

5. the-dots.com

RECRUITERS

You should also try recruiters. They are industry specialists hat you can go to for help finding a job.When you don’t have much experience, they often can’t help, but every job hunt should include them. I don’t know enough to recommend a specific company but top searches in Google will be fruitful. Its worth calling them up directly.

Recruiters - Google search: “Digital Design Recruiters London”

LINKEDIN

Find who you want to speak to and message them directly, another option is to message the Talent Manager’s within a company. These are company’s internal recruiters, and the connection between designers outside the company and within.

If they can’t get you a a job, I have
found some talent manager’s to be super helpful and given me loads of advice as to other companies to speak to and how to contact them. Don’t be afraid to ask.

USE REAL LIFE

Its easy for designers and Creative Directors to dismiss an email or CV. They haven’t met you, they haven’t
see your energy or passion in person. If you’re really passionate about working somewhere, research about the people and send a hand-written letter or something personal. You should at least get the courtesy of a reply on the back of such a gesture.

Be direct, nd out your dream mentor and write them a hand-written letter, be different, Stand out.

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WHAT A NIGHT

Presenting my talk at the General Assembly, London

WHAT A NIGHT

Presenting my talk at the General Assembly, London.

WHAT A NIGHT

Presenting my talk at the General Assembly, London

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LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?