As working professionals, interacting with students and young designers has always been a fulfilling endeavor, and one that has kept the notion of “design education is a lifelong experience” alive for everyone in our studio. Fostering design thinking through mentoring relationships at the local level is particularly exciting, as we get to see the designers we have helped nurture go on to fabulous careers in a variety of creative fields. Having design classes visit for studio tours and participating in local student portfolio reviews and exhibitions are annual events here at id29; our involvement is a team effort.
Many of the questions and concerns young designers share today are the same we had as graduating students looking to make our mark in the professional world—with only a resumé and portfolio of student projects to try and get our collective feet in the door. We’ve all been there and done that. There’s nothing different in the design industry today that makes getting—and nailing—that initial interview or client pitch any easier than it has been in the past.
Throughout the years I’ve collected these questions and have tried answering many of them as an ongoing personal project. Here are 29 of these thoughts on how to approach and interact with our culture as a young designer, in no particular order.
Originally designed for the January 2011 issue of HOW Magazine, this poster was written and designed by id29 ’s Doug Bartow.