Be serious, not solemn
In Paula Scher’s Ted talk, she looks back at her life as a designer and explains how she sees her career as a repeating cycle from ‘serious play’ to ‘solemn’. If that doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry – she illustrates this beautifully with examples of her ‘serious play’ work, and shows how sometimes it turned into ‘solemn’ work.
I particularly enjoyed watching her talk about her 'Hate for Helvetica' and how she used it as a catalyst for finding inspiration from other sources (such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Victorian Typography). A true maverick!
Make your videos more accessible
If you use video on your website builds or social media, it’s important to make sure they are more accessible by using subtitles – which can be done quickly with Happy Scribe.
From all the subtitling tools I’ve tried, I’ve found Happy Scribe the best because:
- They don’t ask for a monthly subscription, instead you buy credits for minutes used, which don’t expire.
- The user interface is easy and intuitive to use.
- The accuracy of the subtitles are very good (and the kiwi accent gets picked up much better)
Note: I use the automatic/AI option.
This is not an ad, just a great new tool I've found that helps to speed up my workflow. I’ve added it to my Designer’s Toolkit for quick future reference.
Good logos can take time
“I don't love it but it'll grow on me.”
Nike’s co-founder Phil Knight said this to Carolyn Davidson after she presented the initial concept for the Nike swoosh logo. Despite the initial hesitation, as we know this concept went on to become one of the most recognisable logos in the world.
Not every design you create will be an instant hit with your clients, and that's okay. It can take time and patience to develop an appreciation for a design, so remember to trust the process and don’t give up too quickly!