How Do You Stand Out From The Crowd? A Tip Every Design Student Should Know!

Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.

Paul J. Meyer

Christina Canters Design Draw Speak MoCCA Charlie Brown

Wanna stand out like giant inflatable Charlie Brown?

Yesterday I went to the MoCCA Arts Fest, an event where illustrators and artists (mostly doing comics and cartoons) showcase their work. A mid-sized comic book convention, you could call it!

Frankly, comics and graphic novels aren’t really my ‘thing’, but I was invited by an illustrator friend, so I went.

At first, it was a bit overwhelming. There was so much work on display, and I didn’t understand any of it! So to learn more about this foreign world of illustration and cartooning, I started chatting to the artists.

A number of them were students who are graduating soon. All of them had excellent work, all of them were very passionate and all of them were considering their potential career paths after graduating.

One young woman in particular stood out.

I didn’t see much of her work at all, but I remember her. Do you know why? I was hovering near her table when she looked me in the eye and said: “Hi! How are you? How has your day been?”

It seems like such a simple thing, but I tell you what: I had been walking around for 40 minutes and she was the FIRST person who had initiated a conversation with me. I was super impressed that she had made a genuine effort to connect and engage with me. [Read more…]

Episode 19: How To Connect With Your Audience – Interview With Shah Turner of 30 Foot Gorilla

Engage with someone as a person first, before any of the other stuff…[then] they’ll really want to know about what you have to say.

shahThis week I am thrilled to be joined by talented designer, fellow podcaster and tallest half-Malaysian I know, Shah Turner.

He’s not quite 30 feet tall, but he does host the 30 Foot Gorilla podcast, a show dedicated to helping designers set up their own businesses.

So if you’ve ever thought about starting up your own design practice, Shah’s podcast is definitely worth a listen!

I was excited to interview Shah because he knows that in order to run a successful business, good communication skills are critical. It’s the best way to get clients to believe in you and your fabulous ideas!

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Episode 14: 5 Tips For Better Sleep (From An Architect)

design_draw_speakIt’s become part of design student culture to deprive oneself of sleep. Personally, I was never good at pulling all-nighters. It would take me a few days to recover and feel normal again, so delivering a half-decent presentation in that time would have been absolutely impossible!

I accept that getting less sleep is all part of being a design student, especially towards the end of semester. But are things you can do to make the sleep you get better quality, and that’s what I’m sharing with you today in this episode. Listen in to find out! [Read more…]