Where to from Here?
And now that IÃ¢â¬â¢m getting to the point of retirement, IÃ¢â¬â¢m getting away from the actual work of design and am now spending most of my time on pro bono work. Hence NO!SPEC, Creative Latitude and Proscodi. And one more on the way … Cat Morely said.
But her life hardly seems to be slowing, in fact it seems to be gearing up. Before we left her or looked too far down the road, I wanted to know what Cat sees now.
Cat, what do you think most designers get wrong?
Depends what you are talking about. Wrong about choosing freelance over
inhouse before they have enough skills? Not enough education and experience before striking out on their own? Working on spec? Being gullible? Not being professional? I guess I answered your question …
What could Successful Blog do to support designers more?
Successful Blog has its own style. It caters to a range of professions
with diverse interests. If you were to attract designers, in my opinion
youÃ¢â¬â¢d have to teach them something they do not know. Something they
need to know. Something you know. Writing. A large number of designers
are crap at grammar and sentence structure. IÃ¢â¬â¢m one.
In order for this to work, youÃ¢â¬â¢ll need to first get their attention,
then get them to understand that they need to keep paying attention.
Cat, What is your BIG IDEA? When people think of Cat Morley, what’s the first thing you want them to think of?
First thing I WANT them to think?
Hmmm…. tall, slim, young, brilliant?
[deep sigh] not the truth, just wishful thinking.
The truth is IÃ¢â¬â¢m passionate about the industry of design. IÃ¢â¬â¢m demanding of myself much more than I am of others. I am very good at organising but IÃ¢â¬â¢m not perfect. I have a quick, fiery hot temper. I no longer shy from it as IÃ¢â¬â¢ve lived with it for way too long and know itÃ¢â¬â¢s not going away. No more than I am. IÃ¢â¬â¢m loyal to my friends and not adverse to attempting to see the point of view of those who IÃ¢â¬â¢ve disagreed with hotly. IÃ¢â¬â¢m not one to say I have Ã¢â¬Åno time for foolsÃ¢â¬Â as IÃ¢â¬â¢ve been a fool myself once too often. Live and learn, then live some more.
I tried to talk Cat into convincing one of her clients that she needed to call me in on one of her jobs. But once she explained the economics, we both decided it was wishful thinking.
Wishes are good things and one day I will meet her.
That Cat Morley is just too interesting to time run out without finding an afternoon to spend together talking about life and other stuff.
–ME “Liz” Strauss