Based on the graduation speech by Rik Mayall after he was awarded his honorary doctorate at Exeter University in 2008.
RIP Rik Mayall. He will always be one of my favourite comedy actors - both Tassia and I love him in Bottom, Young Ones and Man Down - we actually have these mantras framed in our house, right by the front door, to keep us motivated.
They’re inspirational words to live by, for people from all walks of life. I recommend watching the video whenever you need a bit of a push.
I found Tanmay’s blog through Pinterest, and I became a regular reader because of the subject matters and the balance of the illustrations with the content in his sketch notes.
I made a particular connection with the Unconscious Bias post because it seemed to reflect on my professional experience, and I felt that his words would likely relate to many of my followers’ experiences, too.
Based on a random pin I came across on Pinterest - not sure who to credit!
Design Thinking is one of the reasons I get up every day. I felt that this explanation of Design Thinking really resonated with me, and helps to describe why and how I work the way I do.
Show, don’t tell: storytelling using another method, not just words, but visual aides, for a more inclusive way of sharing valuable information, whether it’s part of a product’s design, a company’s brand or a nudenote.
Radical collaboration: ultimately, we’re all in this together, and to get a more honest, real reaction to design, people need to work on it as a team.
Bias towards action: this is common sense, but so many companies and designers have a tendency to procrastinate and spend too long on projects. Just do.
Mindful process: engage your brain! Be empathetic and considerate - who are you designing for? What are you trying to achieve? How will you achieve it?
Culture of prototyping: to see whether a design works, it needs to be tested.
Human-centred: following on from the culture of prototyping, designs need to be tested on people for the most accurate predicted reactions from your audience.
Based on a sketch noteby Ben Crothers (@bencrothers), which was inspired by a talk by Ruth Brown and Simon Young of Trade Me. Another one I came across while browsing Pinterest (although it’s since been removed - probably because of ‘dicks’), I was immediately drawn to the blunt title - it’s like this was taken from my brain!
I thought it was brilliant how, while the sketch note was initially for UX designers/developers, it easily translated to people from all walks of life - both in and out of the office.
Key point: “Say sorry for being a dick and give cupcakes”
Based on various Pinterest posts by Lifehack (@lifehackorg).
Another series I stumbled upon on Pinterest - definitely worth seeking them out on Pinterest and Instagram for some quick inspiration. I find lists a particularly effective way to read information, and Lifehack is great for them, with bold formats.
There is so much more to this book than just advertising - it’s relevant to all creative professions, with focus on how to capture an audience through research and storytelling. I was recommended to read this book by David Brier (@risingabovethenoise, author of Brand Intervention, another of my favourites) for it’s adaptable insights.
It’s interesting to read the thoughts and experiences of someone who worked in advertising from the Mad Men era through to the 90’s - it’s clear that the principles don’t change, just the technologies and mediums.
Definitely something that I’m keen to develop - although I believe that confidence is a never-ending self-improvement project. Confidence is such an important quality to have as a creative. Your confidence encourages confidence in your fellow creatives. Empowering both them and their work.
Once again mined from Pinterest, I felt motivated by the no-nonsense approach - I am so keen to push this way of working towards my dreams. In essence, building your own brand is entirely up to you - if you don’t do it, it won’t be done. You have control, and you have the responsibility. So get off your arse and hustle!