Last week I posted my Top 7 Takeaways from HOW Design Live, but I held onto one specifically for this post. I had the opportunity to hear Jeff Greenspan give a talk titled Be Your Own Brand, Be Your Own Buzz. During his talk, Greenspan said this: “Your brand comes from the style in which you approach the world.” This served as a great reminder that while I may be an introvert at heart, I still need to put my best foot forward whenever I’m networking at conferences or events. I’ve put together a handful of tips that have helped me improve my networking and personal branding. I hope they help you!
HOW Design Live was a week-long whirlwind of learning and creativity. After every session I would think, “That was the best talk.” And then I’d go to the next session and think the same exact thing. I scribbled quotes in my notebook and frantically snapped photos of the GORGEOUS presentations (Guys, not to brag, but designers make the best presentations) because I didn’t want to forget a single thing. I also wanted to share some of my learnings with you! So here are my Top 7 Takeaways from HOW Design Live.
I love collecting prints and posters. I think it’s safe to say that all designers love prints and posters. It’s hard for us to resist hand-drawn prints or a beautiful letterpress posters. I definitely have a weakness for artwork that represents the home because, while I love Chicago, California still has a place in my heart. So my collection is stocked full of Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, and California prints. Since I’m flying home tomorrow, I’ve put together a round-up of some of kick-ass studios with state- and city-themed art. Check out the links below to start building your own collection!
“Can I have your business card?” This is a question that most people encounter at one point or another in their professional lives. Most companies will provide business cards for you. However, if you’re a freelancer, independent contractor, or even a blogger, you do not have this luxury. If you fall into any of these categories (I’ve been all three!), it’s doubly important to have your own business cards because your name is your business. You are responsible for promoting yourself. Since I just got my new business cards printed, I put together a few (very) general tips for making your own business cards.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Honestly, I’ve never really celebrated Valentine’s Day (gasp). Hearts and cherubs were never my thing—they certainly never spelled romance to me. I remember those elementary school days when I would agonize over my V-Day card choices. Should I go with Tweety? Maybe a Disney Princess multi-pack? I always settled and was never satisfied.