Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Items I Carry - From 2007 to 2014

I started contributing to a Flickr group called "The Items We Carry." They ask for us to post pics of the small things we put in our pockets or on our persons — the essentials we need to function daily at a basic level. *If you don't have pockets and say, are a lady, then your purse may serve as your pockets.

I found it interesting to see what other people were carrying, as well as fun to share my own stuff. I didn't get every year, but you can get the idea.

What's even more interesting to me is to see how my things have changed over the years - and how many stay the same. My goal is to start reducing and simplifying my life - to need less and carry less.

dickdavid's stuff 2007

dickdavid's stuff 2009

dickdavid's stuff 2011

dickdavid's stuff 2013

dickdavid's stuff 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Manifesto on Freelance Work

Old Hand


I am a graphic designer. I do creative stuff for my job all day long and get paid for it, which is pretty damn cool. I'm also a very busy person and TIME is very, very valuable to me – even if it's finding time for myself to just chill.

Lately, I've become aggravated by the idea of doing freelance work. Before I go any further, let me describe the nature of freelance work, as it has come to me lately. The name FREElance WORK seems to have become a more literal interpretation of the concept. People want me to do WORK for them – for FREE. Hence, my aggravation.

If you have a doctor as a neighbor, would you ask for free treatment? If your sister's, friend's dad is a lawyer, would you expect him to give you free council? If one of the guys on your PTA has a landscaping business, would you expect him to mow your lawn for free? If you met a chef at a party, would you expect her to come home and cook a free gourmet meal for your family and friends? If you thought yes to any of these questions, then I don't need you in my life.

It's the same thing with graphic designers.

Now, I don't mind working and I don't mind working for free – but it has to be on my terms. If it's a great creative opportunity (or for a good cause, that I support) and I feel is worthy of my time, I will be more than happy to help. Also, if I have time, I'll even help out a close friend in need. Now, that's CLOSE friend, not Facebook friend, not co-worker, not neighbor.

If you do manage to get free work out of me, please don't micro-manage or creative direct it. I'm open to good feedback and collaboration, but I'm not your production artist ready to build-out your bad ideas. As stated above, I'll do free work, but only if it's a 'creative opportunity'. The moment you start dictating bad art direction, is the moment that project is no longer 'creative'.

So, don't come to me with your silly pet project – like your kid's Minecraft birthday invitation, because you are too cheap to buy the ones in the store. Although you might think it's easy for me, it still takes time. Time, as I wrote earlier, is very valuable to me.

Rant over.