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Entries about careers

Jun 17, 2008

Must Read: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

I just finished reading The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. It’s brilliant. And I’m now going on a crusade to make it required reading in every high school and college curriculum. The book is by Daniel H. Pink, and you’ll find it in your bookstore’s business section. But this […]

Apr 12, 2007

So you wanna know what I really think?

Here’s your chance. On June 2nd, I’ll be reviewing student portfolios at AIGA’s annual portfolio day in San Francisco. If you’re in the area and want my opinion about your design work, make sure to sign up. It’ll be my fourth year reviewing and the work generally ranges from dismal to promising. I’m direct, but […]

Dec 20, 2006

I thought you should know…

Since the birth of LifeClever six months ago, I’ve written little about myself. Mostly because I’m a lazy bum who’d rather obsess about Battlestar Galactica and Nutella than write about myself. This week, however, a big change in my life happened. After three and a half years at MetaDesign, I am leaving. In the new […]

Oct 3, 2006

Are you getting paid what you’re worth?

Indeed.com has just unwrapped a salary search engine to help you navigate the nebulous world of estimating your salary worth. Its premise is based on the familiar saying, “something’s only worth what others are willing to pay.” So instead of relying on traditional salary surveys, Indeed combs over 50 million job listings looking for actual […]

Jul 12, 2006

Talent isn’t everything: 7 habits of highly effective junior designers

Here’s a common myth: to be a successful creative person, all you need is talent. It’s a nice myth to believe in, because “talent” suggests a divine or evolutionary genetic gift. So if you have talented DNA, you’re special and can be a cool creative person. If not, you’re destined to be an accountant. After […]