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The power of ‘I don’t know’

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way…” — Carl Sandburg, American poet You know what graphic designers do too much? Design graphics. Graphic designers tend to dive into projects without questioning or validating the problem at hand, as though they have all the information and training needed to solve the problem […]

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Act like a brand expert, not a designer

The following article by Mark Busse was published on December 9, 2013 in Design Edge Canada Magazine. As a young design producer I was convinced my job was to keep clients happy. To service them to death. To deliver what they asked for on time, on budget, and with a smile. I also thought it […]

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Key to growth: specialization

The following article by Ben Garfinkel is published in the December 2013 print edition of Design Edge Canada Magazine. Pick up your own copy to read the full article or you can download the full PDF here. Key to Growth: Specialization Ask yourself this question: would I rather be one of six firms invited to […]

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5 keys to creativity from John Cleese of Monty Python fame

The following article by Mark Busse was published on November 1, 2013 in Design Edge Canada Magazine. Last month I shared the angst I was experiencing when faced with what to talk about in this very space—a creativity block which ultimately led to my writing about where ideas come from and how to foster their arrival. I […]

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Where do ideas come from?

The following article by Mark Busse was published on October 7, 2013 in Design Edge Canada Magazine. Boom. I hit the wall. I couldn’t think of a single idea for this month’s post. I was blocked. I had nothing. I hate feeling stuck or uninspired. But it’s in those times that years as a designer […]

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Reinvention: The designer’s key to happiness?

The following article by Mark Busse is published in the September/October 2013 print edition of Design Edge Canada Magazine. I encourage you to go out and pick up your own copy to read the full article or you can download the full PDF here. If you enjoy the article (and I know you will), you […]

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When should a designer decline work?

The following article by Mark Busse was published on July 2013 in Design Edge Canada Magazine and psfk.com My design firm uses six criteria to identify ideal clients and evaluate prospects and opportunities, and as a result we probably end up declining more new work than we accept. Crazy right? Wrong. It took about a […]

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Look behind the wizard’s curtain to find career satisfaction

The following article by Mark Busse was published in June 2013 on www.designedgecanada.com. Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? I do. I must have been around five years old and I’ll never forget the joy I felt watching Dorothy and Toto meet their friends and sing as they journeyed through […]

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11 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way Managing a Design Firm

The following article by Mark Busse was published in December 2012 in Design Edge Canada Magazine.   The purpose of this column is to challenge some of the assumptions that many young designers and future firm owners may have entering this profession. If I can help a few of you avoid learning even one or […]

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You don’t need to join a design association to succeed

You don’t need to join a design association. What’s the point? Your time is tight as it is—you have Mad Menepisodes to catch up on—and money is even tighter, so why give any of it to a club of stodgy old designers who don’t get it anymore anyway?

You don’t need to join a design association. I suppose it demonstrates the level to which you are committed to your career and community, but so does that tweet you sent to@JessicaHische last week. I’m sure she hasn’t responded because she’s super busy right now. #pleasenoticeme

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