Come check it out, it should be fun! If you’ve never seen Chicken Shit Bingo, now’s your chance, not to mention Dale Watson.
In the next few days I will be updating my website. I already fixed everything up on the backend; now to prepare all of the files and upload!
New work and updated old work coming soon.
Today, there was a conference at GSD&M to bring attention to the small amount of women in the upper divisions of creative and advertising careers (hence the name). It’s actually a part of a larger conference series which will culminate in San Francisco later this year.
A lot of it is due to the child-rearing years, but as the keynote speaker Kat Gordan said, if we change expectations in the work place then maybe it wouldn’t be so hard for women to break through the glass ceiling we seem to have partially set for ourselves as a gender. She asked (and answered) questions like “When did creative agencies become sweat shops?” “Why is it a boy’s club/why does it cater to men?” (she mentioned the Cleo Awards’ campaign this year) “If women are the majority of social media users and shoppers, why do ads seem to be mostly geared towards men? And the ads that are geared towards women are heavy-handed and usually have to do with cleaning products or beauty.” Apparently women make up the majority of social media users (with the exception of LinkedIn) and gamers!
I had not planned to see anyone I knew at this event, but I ended up running into many former classmates and coworkers, so that was a great surprise. I met some really great people, and also reconnected with some acquaintances (some that I saw as recently as Monday at the AIGA: Finding Work event). And there was a slightly surprising amount of men there, which was rightfully recognized by the speakers and crowd.
Here are some great (sorta out-of-context) soundbites from the panelists:
“It’s okay to fart in front of us.” (when talking about how women and men can get along in the workplace without a filter)
-Stefani Zellmer, with Zeehive
“…being a creative director is a cross between a cheerleader and an orchestra director.”
“And I asked ‘Oh, when was this work done?’ And it was when I was out of town. And that’s when I stopped helping.”
-Scott McAfee, with Sanders Wingo
“Less foozeball.” (jokingly said when asked what should change about the industry)
-Carlotta Stankievicz, with GSD&M
Images used with permission from 620 Studio.
Tonight, AIGA hosted a small panel (that’s a part of a series) above the Royal Blue Grocery on Congress called “Finding Work.” It was a great networking opportunity, and I met some great people. Thanks to Eli Perez for the heads up about the event!
Some good advice that I heard tonight (some of which I have heard before):
- “Stalk” Junior Designers at places that have been hiring to see the kind of work they’re looking for
- Someone looking at your book would rather see 5 “blown out” campaigns, rather than many smaller projects
- Write your cover letter, then reduce it by half. Say more with less words.
- If you are unhappy at your current job, a good way of being gracious about it at an interview is turning it into a positive: “It’s been an adventure, and I’m ready for the next one.” (to paraphrase Scott McAfee)
I’ve also seen it buzzing around on Pintrest (unattributed, of course, because it’s Pintrest), but I guess I can’t complain. I’m glad people enjoy it!
FYI: This post has nothing to do (even tangentially) with design. Scroll on down past this wall o’ text.
I may be preaching to the choir, here. Graphic designers as a group are some of the most opinionated people I know concerning music. I have some (admittedly, probably common) theories as to why that is, but that would take up a whole ‘nother blog post.
The debate is this. Should differing tastes in music be a deal breaker in a blossoming relationship?
Today while perusing my Facebook feed, NPR posted the article that got me thinking on this subject (not for the first time). Here is the article in question. Now, I can never resist good, polarizing topics such as these. And even better is the comments section (which usually goes for a good half-hour in a frothy frenzy, then slows down). It was vedy intedesting to see the reactions of NPR’s generally music-savvy followers.
The conclusion that I’ve come to, over my EXTENSIVE 5 years (or so) of dating and relationship experience, is that it can (and should) vary by person, like any other preference in a preferred partner. Many people were stating it was, indeed, a deal breaker. Others were taking issue with this, expressing that such a snap judgement was shallow and superficial, and that other traits were much more important. Still others were very aptly pointing out that this was a “first world problem.” I can agree with that, but still think it can warrant discussion.
Concerts, car rides… music comes up. And I felt the need to point out that it’s not indifference to their taste (say for example, dubstep doesn’t bother you, you could take it or leave it), it’s actively HATING the music they enjoy (for example, commonly polarizing genres like pop, heavy metal, rap or country. Or dubstep.).
If music is very important to you, it’s one of those things you DO care about in a relationship. If music is not so important, then groovy! Terrible pun intended.
Is disliking someone because of the genre of books they read considered shallow, if reading is an important hobby for you? Say, vampire romances, to choose another polarizing (sub) genre. How about grooming and style choices? What if they dress very scantily, and you’re not into that? Say their sense of humor is extremely crude, and you have a more “refined” sense of humor? Or vice versa?
And to approach it from the other side: to you, music is not of much import. Discovering new music is the job of the radio. Top 40 is cool with you. And you start dating someone that insists that you come to concerts with them, you give their favorite band one more listen, they endlessly talk about how they loved a band far before they achieved fame, they make fun of you for your “pedestrian tastes,” (I’m sure we’ve all encountered someone like this in real life or on the internet, dear reader, no matter how varied and eclectic your tastes may be). I could see that destroying a relationship.
I suppose it’s all about extremes.
Music taste in general is one of those things that people automatically label as snobby in general (I’ve avoided the word hipster this entire post, but there you go, I said it)… therefore if it’s something one looks for in a partner, it can be seen as shallow. But we all look for certain surface-level traits in potential partners whether people acknowledge it or not. And yeah, maybe these judgments are all superficial, but those things matter a lot when at least initially looking for a mate. Looking for common ground is what we all do when getting to know someone.
TL;DR Do what you want!
As for my personal take on this… I would like my hypothetical boyfriend to enjoy similar music to my tastes, but I have other interests, so no. Not a deal breaker for me personally.
Our group stuck to the free events, and still ended up with some pretty great stuff without even trying, not to mention the available free alcohol and food. SXSW is one crazy party.
I photographed most of it below: