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Skillshare Class - FTW!

Last week our Intro to UI design Skillshare class came to an end. It was pretty scary teaching a class for the first time, but the ease of Skillshare made everything a little less terrifying. In the end, the students were absolutely spectacular and their projects were even more amazing! As part of the curriculum we are to choose our favorite 3 projects from the class. After a ton of deliberation, we had it narrowed down to 3 (pictured above). There are so many great projects that we want to feature them all. Take a look at the winning and runner up projects. Click onto their projects and give them feedback if you’d like!

Winners:

San Franola by Jensen Luther

Mother Tongue by Ria Mcllwraith

DogDates by Nikki Lee

Runner up:

The Find by David Broderick

Swizzle by Emma Holder

J.B. Signature Soaps by David Poninski

Cupcaked by Eva Black

Gringo by Adam Lorber

Studio Tour with Ksenya Samarskaya

A brief, yet stunning tour of Brooklyn based designer Ksenya Samarskaya's loft.

Set in a former factory in an industrial section of town, Ksenya has beautiful floor to ceiling windows and a gorgeous collection of books, artifacts, gigantic plants, and dusty furniture that adorn her home. 

Have a look at her equally thoughtful and interesting work here.

Margot’s Bi-Weekly Design Dispatch, NO. 3
Howdy friends! Margot here again with another installation on all things design!
+ Since my last Dispatch the internet has worked itself into quite the lather over the relative merits of Pinterest. I found myself getting tired of the banter so I supplied my own critique of the site and its accompanying backlash. One of my readers helpfully offered this infographic comparing the users of Pinterest in the UK and the US. Turns out most UK users are wealthy dudes, the opposite of the US (where it’s mostly middle-income ladies using the site). This suggests the potential for a more integrated user base, in all countries, as Pinterest continues to grow.
+ Here are the top 16 TED talks from 2011.
+ Do Good by illustrator and Young Guns winner, Brian Michael Gossett. 
And with that, I can *almost* begin my weekend. See you hip cats on the flipside!

Margot’s Bi-Weekly Design Dispatch, NO. 3

Howdy friends! Margot here again with another installation on all things design!

+ Since my last Dispatch the internet has worked itself into quite the lather over the relative merits of Pinterest. I found myself getting tired of the banter so I supplied my own critique of the site and its accompanying backlash. One of my readers helpfully offered this infographic comparing the users of Pinterest in the UK and the US. Turns out most UK users are wealthy dudes, the opposite of the US (where it’s mostly middle-income ladies using the site). This suggests the potential for a more integrated user base, in all countries, as Pinterest continues to grow.

+ Here are the top 16 TED talks from 2011.

+ Do Good by illustrator and Young Guns winner, Brian Michael Gossett.

And with that, I can *almost* begin my weekend. See you hip cats on the flipside!

Be Free, Lance: Should I Freelance?

Should I go freelance? That’s the ( BIG ) question of the day! Choosing to work for yourself is both a scary and exhilarating adventure. And in all honesty, it’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. But don’t worry, us freelancers are in this terrifying/happy boat together. You are not / will not be alone. And guess what?? It also happens to be one of the most rewarding experiences. True story.

To help answer the big question, I thought I’d walk you all through some natural steps :

1. THE ITCH / Some people know from the beginning that they want to be entrepreneurs and do their own thing, while others figure it out later … but they all share one thing in common: the itch. The feeling of creating something bigger than yourself, doing what you love, being your own boss, and truly living out your passion. If you’re not happy with where your career is at, then it’s time to start taking little steps forward. If the thought of freelancing has even crossed your mind, then yes, you should definitely start considering it. Just thinking about it doesn’t mean your life will change in an instant - just take it easy!

2. IS IT FEASIBLE? / So you have the itch, huh?? The next step is to think about logistics. Yeah, it’s not fun, but you need to figure out if freelancing is even possible. I’m talking about finances, space, family, and other details. Although many people take risks, it’s definitely nice to know that you do have a comfortable amount of money backing you up. Remember, freelance does not guarantee a certain income. In fact, you won’t know exactly what you’re making until a full year is passed. You’ll have supplies, space, and taxes to take into account as well. Don’t worry, I’ll talk more in depth about finances and supplies at a later date! Just know that it’s important to look at the big picture - money wise. Make sure you’re comfortable.

3. WORK ETHIC / This is a biggie ( and is kind of hard for me to say ) : freelancing is not for everyone. You have to be able to set rules for yourself and STICK with it. The first year will be full of 15+ hour work days, coffee, chaos, and big changes. The other side of all of that is good, I promise! But you have to be able to get through it, no matter what.

4. KEEP GOING / Never forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. Good days come. Bad days go. One things for certain, it’ll be a roller coaster ride. Ben, the co-founder of pinterest, said it well in his speech at ALT summit this year about being absolutely terrified and joyful all at the same time. No matter what, keep on swimming.

I know I didn’t necessarily tell you “yes” or “no” to the freelance or not question, but in the end, it’s your decision! Give these steps a serious read through and see what your gut tells you. Sometimes you just gotta take the dive! 

IMAGE SOURCE #1 : olive and joy

Written by Breanna Rose.