getting to know my creative metabolism -- how I ingest, digest, and create my art — and how to avoid creative constipation.Read More
How dissecting the anatomy of a creative project can help you bring it to life. Questions to ask yourself: What is essential to its existence as a self-sustaining thing? What does it need in order to go out into the world and connect with other people?Read More
When I first started doing creative projects, I would often get sucked into this corrosive cycle— grandiosity, inertia, guilt— and eventually become paralyzed. In this post, I write about how the paralysis happens, why it happens, and some strategies I've used to overcome it.Read More
When you’re driven and ambitious, the natural thing to do is to set really high standards, and be hard on yourself until you reach them. Growing up, I dreaded — then learned to love — unsmiling, disciplinarian Chinese or Russian-style teachers. The standard was perfection. Good work wasn’t to be rewarded, it was to be expected!
But since graduation, getting a 9-5 job, quitting my 9-5 job, starting a business, and growing into myself as a full-time creative, I’ve changed my mind about the way I frame hard work and expectations.Read More
This past spring, I took a Typography class at SVA with Jason Heuer, who was previously an art director at Simon and Schuster. I must have finally recovered from the depleting experience that was college, cause I took notes like a madmen, and felt hungry enough to absorb all the knowledge and actually put it into practice.
In this post, I’ve gone through my scribbles to synthesize everything I learned from the class. The vast majority of these words of wisdom are from Jason Heuer. Thank you, Jason.Read More
On days when I’m feeling overwhelmed or derailed by unexpected events, I feel this incredible urge to vegetate. As in: chuck my to do lists out the window and just binge-watch Netflix and eat fruit snacks. Instead, I’ve learned to quiet the all-or-nothing voices in my head, and settle for a little less.Read More
When it comes to undertaking any daunting task — building a business from scratch, creating a piece of creative work, or aiming for some other ambitious goal - it’s too easy to get bogged down in the details. As a long-suffering perfectionist with a submerged urge to prove myself to the world, I tend to say to myself: OK, let’s take this from the top, and make sure everything I make is perfect and beautiful before I continue.Read More
Before I quit my day job, I binge-read everything I could about what it would take to support myself as a creative professional. How do I balance the business side of things— marketing myself, getting clients, building a digital presence, sharing my stuff, and that awful-sounding word, networking— while doing the tender, loving craft of my work?Read More
I’m taking an amazingly thought-provoking class at SVA called “The Feeling of Design,” taught by Sue Walsh. One of our assignments is “Design for a Cure,” in which we identify a social campaign and think critically about the tension between the issue itself (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc) and what its campaign branding communicates about the issue.Read More