My family went camping with Lindsay's family last night. It rained on us! Eric snored! Abby needed a drink of water at 12:30 am! Suki needed to "go potty" at 2:30 am! Abby woke up the Comstocks at 5:45 and the Moores by at least 6:30!
But am I resting? Am I recovering? Oh no! After three days off for a shopping spree with my mom earlier this week, I am working!!!
I wanted to let everyone know that I have gone through every design team entry at least once. We had twice as many applicants as last year, and so it's been very tough! I have only managed to narrow it down to 42 applicants so far.
As I was doing this first narrowing down, I realized some things that I wish I had told you all from the start. I thought I would take the time to tell you now, while it's on my mind, for your future reference (it will probably help with any design team call).
1. I only look at "design" the first time through. I try not to notice names, publications, other positions, resumes, or anything...... just design. I do this for a couple reasons. First, I know lots of you, or feel like I do from commenting on the blog. I don't want to be biased. I am a softy and it breaks my heart to have to let down a friend. Second, just because someone isn't "known" or hasn't been published doesn't mean that they aren't a great designer. So, I only focus on design. I try not to read anything!
2. Even with all my marketing background, I am a sucker for presentation. The same quality of design, photographed poorly, will hurt your odds. I try to remind myself of what I'm really looking for, but I fall for the "pretty" photos just like everyone else.
3. Along with #2, you will increase your odds for getting on a team if you remember that "designers design." I had a teacher that would always say that. He meant that you can't afford to have a great portfolio with an ugly business card. If you are a designer, you have to design everything! I tried not to be biased by a blog's appearance, but a nicely designed blog just makes everything look better.
I don't mean these things to sound critical. I have been amazed at the level of work submitted. Many people that I have set in the "not this time" pile had projects that were amazing, publishable and worthy of a design team member. I just noticed myself thinking the same things often and thought that I would share in hopes that it might help even one of you to land that dream design team job one day!