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

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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…]