Download the “AIGA After School Special”- a Handbook of Advice for Emerging Designers

Whether you’re a design student or an emerging design professional, it never hurts to get advice from seasoned members of your industry- especially when design professionals offer you written advice in a straightforward, downloadable format. That being said, if you have 10 minutes, check out the After School Special: Advice for Emerging Designers handbook, presented by  AIGA (the professional association for design) and created by Lynda Decker, Erik Frick, Nadia Udeshi, Carrie Leuci, and Ainsley Drew Nelson of Decker Design.


(The AIGA AFter School Special Handbook. Click to download the PDF)

“Building a career is not something that happens overnight. It requires patience and tenacity, and it involves more than raw talent. A career demands an overarching curiosity about the world and how things work, topped off with well-honed people skills. To rise to the top in your profession, you have to have the guts to be self-aware, to know your own strengths while trying to improve upon your weaknesses,” state the authors who share the following advice:

21. Respect the difference between theory and practice.

2. Develop really good habits.

3. Be positive.

4. Learn to write.

5. Work harder than anyone else.

6. Ignore the naysayers.

7. Try to make every assignment better than the last.

8. Get involved.

9. Be kind.

10. Have passion.

11. 12. Don’t Lie

Check out the online version here.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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