Hey all! Just wanted to let you know that I won’t be updating this site as much, I’ve moved over to the Night Fox Design & Illustration blog, where my partner Nik & I have begun our design journey. Eventually I’ll be phasing this page out, so be sure to go over there and follow us to stay updated!!
Casually posts this at 3 am when no one is going to see it.
but FOLDS hoyl shit folds folds are so awesome man you literally have no idea I like drawing folds som uch I’ll put them in places where they don’t even belong sometimes. Honestly this is far from definitive and is just my understanding of how folds works gleamed from hours upon hours staring at strangers pants on mass transit, so don’t take my word for it, do your own study! Look at your own jeans in the mirror! look at other peoples jeans! google jeans on the internets! Each different fit is going to come with it’s own folds, depending on factors like the cut of the leg and how much fabric there is and how heavy it is and man there are just so many variables and things to think about it’s awesome
I’m currently working on a drawing where I’ve already drawn the jeans so haha I could have used this. Reblogging for future reference though.
Michael McDonough | Ten Things You Don’t Learn in Design School
1. Talent is 1/3 of the success equation
Success = Talent + Luck + Hard Work
There are many talented designers who simply do not make an effort to sell themselves—or their work. Even if you’re the most talented designer, freelance or not, your work won’t be seen by the people who matter most.
Hard work will pay off, but only if you stay self-disciplined and make sacrifices. Hard working designers develop better design and communication skills. Designers can increase their “luck” in the field—being involved in your local design community increases your chances of being in the right place at the right time for business opportunities, making social contacts through networking, and gaining power through those social contacts you meet.
2. 90% of any creative profession is SHIT work
Design is 90% shit, 10% fun.
Most designers who are unprepared for the real-world learn that the profession is not as fun as it was in college. It can be, however, if you learn to plan for every aspect of the design process.
Work isn’t work without paperwork, drafting & other boring stuff, research, selling ideas, trying to collect unpaid debts, etc. Expect these facts of life at an early stage in your design education and you’ll find yourself in a very self-fulfilling, enjoyable career.
3. If everything is equally important, nothing is important
There’s hierarchy in everything, including the design process. Sure, every step is important—but don’t forget to put emphasis and spend adequate time on the initial steps which lay the foundation for the entire project. If you skip a step, or even do a half-assed job on a step, your project will end up being a failure.
4. Don’t over think a problem
Who hasn’t done this? I’m guilty, numerous times over! You’ve got a deadline so make sure you stick to your schedule or timeline. If you don’t have one, MAKE ONE. It is possible to think too much about a single aspect of a project which really doesn’t need much thinking at all.
Define the problem, brainstorm solutions, move on.
5. Start with what you know—then remove the unknown
“Draw what you know”
Designers are masters at solving problems visually but this is never a one-step process. I love to start every project with a mind-map. Write keywords and use a thesaurus to come up with more words which relate to the original core keywords.
You may think that some of the words that you think of while mind-mapping are useless or meaningless, write them down anyways! You never know where your next creative concept will be born—you’re a genius & don’t even know it.
6. Don’t forget your goal
Looking back at #3, hierarchy is key to accomplishing a goal. Unfortunately many designers tend to veer off their intended path while working through their design process. It is important to review your project goals throughout your entire project so you don’t waste valuable time—because everyone knows that time = money.
If you don’t remember your goals, you’ll start creating solutions to problems that weren’t initially introduced. Don’t confuse yourself and make things more difficult that they have to be.
7. You’ll fall off balance if you throw your weight around
Accept that you can learn anything, but you’ll never know everything. You’re smart, but not that smart. Design school can’t teach you what life experience teaches you. Confidence is attractive but over-confidence is foolish.
8. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. No good deed goes unpunished
The world is based on averages and predictables, nothing is black and white. For every good there is equal bad, equal resistance, and equal opposition.
Expect to work hard and fail a few times, failure is the ultimate learning experience so don’t necessarily look at it as a negative thing.
9. It all comes down to output
Get it done. Work hard. Crank it out and don’t stop cranking. Production is key to success. More output means higher chances of getting your work seen, sold, and appreciated.
10. The rest of the world counts
If you don’t believe this, your dumb. We don’t design for ourselves because if we did, we wouldn’t make any money! Remember those people you knew in high school? They’re consumers of this world, regardless if they were your friends or not. Let them consume your work, let their friends consume your work.
Respect people. Period. They are your lifeline and will determine whether or not you have a successful career in the future. Without people, you’ll have no buyers, no investors, and no understanding of complete career satisfaction.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday EJLM Designs and The Philadelphia Collaborative will be having a sale for 20% off everything. Lasts until December 1st!
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I need design help.
I’m so stuck on this project. I need some advice.
This is a project for my advanced typography class. The subject of my 32 page book is snippets from Fight Club and information on dissociative identity disorder. The more informative pages are the ones that I’m stuck on. My teachers keep telling me that they need to be better, but I have no idea what to do. (It’s the pages with heavy text)
For those who haven’t checked it out yet, Night Fox Design & Illustration is a graphic design, illustration and bookbinding studio that my girlfriend and I are starting. We are running an IndieGoGo campaign in order to raise the funds needed to get the computers/software/supplies we need to get started. In return for contributions you get some awesome handmade books and merch!
Any contributions (or even just Facebook shares) are greatly appreciated! We can’t do this without all of you.
We have a special for the last 3 weeks!!
Every contribution $25 and above will receive a t-shirt with a hand-painted image of the Night Fox in addition to any other perks received. Bonus! It glows in the dark.
Please stop posting photos of your ballot.
In some states it is extremely illegal to do so, and could result in your ballot being thrown out. I know we are all very excited to be voting, and we are all so used to posting our opinions and excitement on Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter but this is not the time to do so. We don’t want this election to get screwed up more than it already is.