#the50 things every creative should know

I love Twitter. It allows people to be really creative with the information that fills their heads. Not only can you share links but, and a nice big but, people have created specific ‘tweetable’ websites. How good an idea is this?

#the50 is the first fully-Tweetable primer for graduating creatives.

London-based Designer Jamie Wieck decided to write #The50 Things Every Creative Should Know when he realised he was not the first, nor the last student to fear the leap between art college and the creative industry. I recall the moment very well and actually ended up avoiding the ridicule of trying to be a designer in the traditional way.

Each piece of advice has been written within 140 characters and features a consistent hash-tag, making them easy to share across Twitter.

there is always someone better

I love ‘there is always someone better’. I held myself back for this very reason so many times. It is a fact that you can always find someone better than you, be it because you lack confidence or because someone has spent far longer in the industry than you have. Get over it and get on with working.

curate your work

Another fab one is ‘Never stop editing your portfolio. Three strong pieces are better than ten weak ones – nobody looks for quantity, just quality.’ I only realised this when I started to have people pitch to me… it’s the same as CVs, nobody reads them – they just look at your past experience and education. If that is good, I’ll read more but to this day I have never read a CV in full.

the100

And with over 1,000,000 visits and counting, #the50 has struck a chord with both students and established creatives across the world, inspiring many to submit their own advice for #the100 — an expansion of #the50.

Daniel

Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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