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Work Your Ass Off

Milton Glaser’s Success Secret? ‘Work Your Ass Off’

by Will Sherwood, October 9, 2012

If someone new to our industry were to ask you how to build and sustain a career, what would you say?
(Laughs) Well, you have to work your ass off. You have to think about that as being the primary issue in your life. You have to pursue whatever talent you have and develop it. Oh, I don’t know. All of the banal things that people will tell you about your own energy and desire are true, but you simply have to work hard. I don’t think of work as my job, I think of it as my life. The engine of desire is what drives the accomplishment.

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Tip Jar #1: Wooden Nickels

Don't Take Any Wooden Nickles

My dad, like most fathers, is full of cheesy one-liners that he seems to find funny. Everytime. For over 30 years. He is also a notoriously bad tipper. (He has a long, made up philosophy about the dangers of over-tipping that I won’t get into here.) So, when I inevitably beg him to leave a better tip, or offer to leave one myself, he responds, “Hey, you want a tip? Here’s a tip, don’t take any wooden nickels.” He laughs, I roll eyes.

Well, at least my dad’s poor tipping skills can find a new life in my procrastination projects. Anybody else have some tips I can add to the tip jar?

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Wise (and organized) Old Owl

Owl Ribbon Board

For awhile my infant daughter had more hair barrettes than hair. I had a pile of adorable clips, ribbons and bows but no place to put them. I wanted them to be readily available when I did need them, but I didn’t want another box cluttering up her dresser. Luckily, I had spare cork board that I intended to use as a bulletin board. I created a custom owl pattern, cut it out, added some rick rack and voilá, I had a hair ribbon board! Now I just need to hang it up and get it off the dresser…

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Side Projects

Graphic designers are conflicted people. We need structure and yet fight against it. Therefore many of us find balance with side projects. Since graphic designers are usually night owls and wired on caffeine anyway, why sleep when we can work on another project? We have the freedom to do what we want while exercising our creativity, which makes us better designers for our clients. It’s a win-win! Well, except for the bags under our eyes.

Design is Fun! will be a collection of side projects which help me procrastinate and fuel my creativity. Enjoy!

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Coming Soon!

Look for my portfolio and contact information coming soon!

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