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The First Five Years: What Should be in your Portfolio?

Getting started w/ your creative career is tough + it all comes down to your portfolio. We talked to Mitch Goldstein about how to make sure your portfolio reflects who you are as a designer.

“Part of having an opinion about design is including work that matters to you, instead of includin...

Mira Nakashima: There are No Shortcuts to Making Great Work

Mira Nakashima spent 20 years under her father’s wing, learning the art of woodworking. Now, she reflects back on how she’s grown + continuing on her father’s legacy.

“But I looked at the woodpile that my dad had accumulated over the years, and I realized I couldn’t stop. I had to do so...

6 Ways to Quickly Restore Sanity to Your Day

Hit the pause button ⏸️ During times of stress, it’s important to take a break from it all. We talked to makers, leaders, entrepreneurs, + creatives about how best to restore sanity during a crazy day.

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10 Productivity Apps Every Freelancer Needs

The life of a freelancer can be lonely + stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. From apps that keep your organized to apps that help you multitask, we’ve got you covered.

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Andrea Tsurumi: You’ll Never Have “Enough Time”

You may want to do it all, but you’ll never have time to. Andrea Tsurumi, freelance illustrator, talks about finding the right balance between the personal + professional.

“Everything I choose to do is at the expense of something else, and sometimes that’s taking care of myself or bu...

Skin in the Game - 99U 2018-08-30 20:30

Are the benefits of exchanging design work for equity worth the risks? Creatives are weighing the pros + cons.

“To run a good design studio, you have to be able to attract good designers and establish a solid creative process, whereas the venture capital side has to be extremely discipl...

Perfecting Your Sales Pitch to Get Your Ideas the Green Light

There are many things that can go wrong during a sales pitch, but venture capitalist + investor Tige Savage offers helpful tips on how to navigate your idea 💡

“Put it in front of as many people as you can. Ask them to ask hard questions. Come up with answers to the hard questions. Practice and b...

How to Expertly Define Your Ideas - 99U 2018-08-24 22:00

As business and design communication are more intertwined, the ability to verbally define an idea becomes increasingly important for designers.

“The more specific you can be with your idea’s character, the more unique it will be.” - Greg Matson, Verdes partner

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You’re Never Too Young (or Old) to Mentor

Wisdom for all the ages.

“Seven minutes spent sorting your own mess means little because we’re too deeply entrenched, but it’s plenty of time to recognize someone else’s big picture.” - Maria Rapetskaya

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Nobody’s Better Than You - 99U 2018-08-18 23:41

Mike Sager’s mom was right when she told him, “Nobody’s better than you.” Just be yourself and everything else with fall into place.

“All that should matter is the piece of work that sits before you. There is you. There is your art. At the elemental level, nothing else matters.” - Mike Sage...

99U Photo 2018-08-16 21:58

Joel Beckermen, founder of Man Made Music, is proving that the branding power of sound can impact any experience.

“We don’t necessarily realize it, but every moment of our lives is scored with music and sound. Some of it is human manufactured and some of it is just ambient—it comes with ...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ