Talent isn't about where you've been, or who you know. And it's not about having a university degree, either. It's about raw ability – and opportunities.
D&AD are back for another round of New Blood Shift – an intensive night school programme, which you can complete around your current job. There are workshops and talks by those at the top of their game and real client briefs to test your creative minds in ability and craft.
This is probably my favourite part of the series. It’s about getting creative brain power in exchange for not much effort. Physical effort that is, you will need to think, but the fact you’re wandering through the YCC means you probably love this shit anyway, so it shouldn’t feel like too hard work. Get savvy from the comfort of your own bed. And just FYI, when I say creative I don’t just mean copywriters and art directors, I literally mean anyone who focusses on thinking differently, or uses art to solve problems, it could be anyone you admire.
Yesterday, we celebrated International Woman's Day with 30 amazing pieces of advice from some of the industries finest. But... who created that incredible logo we heard you all ask? None other than the award-winning hand lettering artist; Alison Carmichael. We caught up with Alison to find out a little bit more about her story and how she ended up mixing with us 'orrible lot.
Gone are the days when ad training only existed in London. This past decade has seen a shit ton of creative aid pop up outside of the capital, or at least on the internet. Yes, it’s hard to believe when many seniors simply suggest schemes that exist down south, which are of course fabulous, but not something everyone can afford or travel to when just starting out (me).
Most training isn’t just for students, and can be attended any time. So, don’t get into a strop about how you’ll never get into the industry because you’re oh so deprived whilst 'stuck' up North (again, me). I’ve found lots of similar stuff going on up these ends to tide you over in the meanwhile.