Learning from other designers online has been an essential part of education for Detroit-area designer and letterer Joseph Alessio. People are one of the greatest resources the internet has to offer—but why are so many people reluctant to help others grow?
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The transition from academia to industry isn’t always smooth: recent graduates often wind up in a jobless battlefield, fighting both friend and foe for that perfect job. Washington, DC-based designer, Matt Chase helps strategize a comprehensive attack plan for the newly-enlisted.
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Recently, user experience has seen a more elevated role in product development and design. The discussion around it can often get cluttered and unfocused. Interface designer, Shawn Borsky offers a simplified lens to how we think about and define an “experience”.
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We all have them—busy schedules and digital distractions. Andy Luce shares how a recent adventure off the grid ignited a new passion for living and experiencing life disengaged.
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Ainsley Wagoner, a designer in Lexington, Kentucky, asks if a degree is an essential part of a designer’s growth and development.
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In his debut Stemmings essay, web designer and podcaster James Fletcher shares a story on the struggles with learning a new skill and his thoughts on the importance of staying challenged as a creator and individual.
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Fatigued by the rat race, Sydney-based designer, Jasmin Wong writes about how we should eschew the temptation of gaining prestige and instead do good work by focusing on the details.
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Designer and illustrator Ash Huang muses on what’s common between builders, and how we must bridge the gap.
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Sometimes we can find the motivation to embark in the practice of design in the people, places, and experiences we are most fond of. Ricardo Vazquez tells the story of how he found love for design as a young boy in the moments he spent listening to his grandfather play trombone.
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Front-end developer, Bostonian, and ex-carpenter, James Wilson explores why success is highly dependent on the ability to go with the flow; even the best laid plans are simply guesses and the goals themselves can change along the way.
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