Too often the design degree is seen as a means to an end [a job in an established practice] this book will celebrate the alternative routes that students and recent graduates take to exposure, recognition and employment. Imagine for one moment, quite apocalyptically, that there are no employers, no firms to send your CV to, no interviews to be had – what would you do then? How would you forge your own path into the working world of design?
This book will identify the variety of ways in which young creatives are forging paths to reach their goals, whether that be any combination of fame, recognition, monetary success and happiness. There will be a focus on those moving away from the traditional “CPI” approach [CV-portfolio-interview] and indeed those who are adapting this old-school method to better serve their aspirations. This book is not a one stop guide to getting a job. The intention is to educate and inspire, in a friendly and approachable manner, those about to enter this difficult industry in these difficult economic times by showcasing examples and success stories.
This book will outline the various strategies that students and graduates are taking across the globe and will be featured alongside interviews and advice from designers’ who are now enjoying success as a result of their creative approach to employment. The book will also look to academic leaders to question and comment on the relevance of design education and the way institutions prepare their graduates for the real world.
For example - A now famous NYC gallerist made his name in 1993 taking a huge risk using a hotel room as a gallery, the viewers had to collect a key from reception in order to view the work. I have many more examples, but these are secret at this time!
Is this you? Are you in the process of entering the design profession in your own unique way? Or did you do this decades ago and would like to give advice to the new generation of subverters? Are you a design academic with a view on relevance of design education?
Tell me your story - @gem_shandy or mail firstname.lastname@example.org email subject 'i made my career'