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Creative graphic artist for exciting secret project needed

I’m looking for a creative graphic artist type that can work with me over the next 2 months to produce 10-15 images. I will pay per image produced. This is a really exciting, secretive project that will have A LOT of visibility. In some cases I’m not 100% sure what I’m looking for so I need someone creative.

This is the look and feel I’m going for:

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Please send me a link to some of your work that best fits the examples linked above.

  • Compensation: Up for discussion. I will pay per design.
  • Telecommuting is ok.
  • This is a part-time job.
  • This is a contract job.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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Creative Process A to Z: Follow FIDM Graphic Design Student, Peter Deltondo through a Class Project from Start to Finish

In this special three-part series, FIDMDigitalArts.com asked Peter Deltondo, a current student at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, to talk first-hand about his experience… read more »
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Hannes Beer’s All Day Everyday Project

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A little introduction

I stumbled upon Hannes’ project via the Go Media Flickr pool and have been hooked since. Now that project is over, Hannes was kind enough to take the time to answer to a few questions about the project and what it may span. In Hannes’ own words, here’s what the ADED project is about:

The All Day Everyday Project is something like my graphic design diary. Many designers did similar projects before – designing something cool everyday. And so do I now. When you work for an agency or clients, you’re often not allowed to make things look exactly like you want it – which is sometimes frustrating, but that’s the way it goes. So to keep stuff in balance, I decided to start this project. Enjoy!

— from the project’s Tumblr

I also felt that the visuals were strongly inspirational and beautiful, hence me sharing them here.

The interview

GoMediaZine: Hello Hannes, could you introduce yourself to our readers?

Hannes Beer: Hey, I’m Hannes, a graphic designer from Stuttgart, Germany. The city known for Porsche and Benz – and for Linsen mit Spätzle und Saitenwürstle (google that!).

Can you tell us why you decided to start a Make Something Cool Everyday type of project?

HB: Most graphic designers are graphic designers because they love what they do. They love the creativity and the fun that job brings with it. But it’s not always as glamourous as it sounds. As a normal graphic designer you work a lot for people who don’t understand a thing about design but know anything better than you. That’s disappointing, but that’s the difference between working as a graphic designer and being an artist. And that’s why I started “The all Day Everyday Project” – to keep creativity in balance.

Can you talk a bit about the type of directions and concepts you’re exploring in your series?

HB: When I started, I had no clue where to go with it. I just wanted to try out different styles and to create a design that fits the moment. There was no concept at all. I think after a few days the project started a life of its own – it became a normal part of my everyday life and it went wherever it wanted to. I was not thinking a lot;-)

You have some sub-series in the project, like Skull Monday. Any specific reasons, or was that just for the fun of it?

HB: Yeah that was just for fun – and because I love skulls. Everybody loves skulls.

Any favorite piece?

HB: I don’t have a special favorite – but there are some I like more than others. And there are few I like less – but that’s the exciting thing about working in such a small time frame. You don’t think too much about what you’re doing – you just do. And you never know how it will look when finished.

Can people purchase prints somewhere?

HB: Of course, I have a little shop where you can buy signed and numbered digital fine art prints of every design I created during this project. A friend of mine is a professional printer and he produces every order on demand. The quality of digital printing became absolutely stunning over the last years. And we use a special water color paper for it. It comes out really special with a nice texture. However, I only have paper for a few prints left – so you better hurry up. Once gone – gone forever.

Now that this series is coming to an end, any other cool things in the works?

HB: I’m already working on a book about “The All Day Everyday Project” featuring all 365 designs and a little bit more. It’s gonna be huge. And after that? Yeah I’m already thinking about other projects. But I’m sure it’s not gonna be another everyday thing. Maybe something like “Space Suit Sunday” or “Mad Monster Monday”, haha. We’ll see.

Any last words before leaving?

HB: Sure, I wanna thank everybody how followed me through the last year. I think I wouldn’t have been able to finish it without all the kind words from people all over the world. That kept me going, so, thanks for that! You’re awesome and you know it!

A hand-picked selection of the output of the project

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Conclusion

Don’t forget to check the full project on its dedicated Tumblr, and to check Hannes’ other work on his website. I hope you liked the pieces as much as I did, and that you’ll find them as inspiring.

Hannes Beer’s All Day Everyday Project is a post from: GoMediaZine

Go Media is a creative agency based in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides the GoMediaZine, we also work for clients and sell stock artwork and design files on the Arsenal.




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Professional Design Practice :: Lesson 3 :: Project Planning

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This week’s article on professional design practice concerns project planning. Good, thoughtful project planning can be indispensable to the smooth running of your professional life as a freelancer. By running your business along well-oiled, well-organised lines you’ll be able to wring the most amount of time out of your days, maximise your profits, avoid mislaying things and generally inject some calm into your busy life. A modicum of planning, far from acting as a restraint on creativity, can in fact free us to spend more time on the creative process. It should therefore be an integral part of all our working lives. Follow the guides below, or a life of professional chaos awaits!


Author: Bradley Hotson for The Graphic Design School
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When devising your project plan, break your jobs down into clearly delineated milestones for best organisation. Image courtesy of Johnny English

First Things First

To begin with, you’ll need a system for booking jobs in, and allocating project codes/numbers to them as they arrive. This could be termed “Processing”. Designing a system for these codes/numbers can be entirely your own decision, the only rule being that once you’ve devised it you should keep things consistent across all projects. You might take the first three letters of your client’s name, add a numeral(s) indicating which project for this client this job is and append the year and month the job is booked in.

Create a folder with subfolders on your hard drive. The name of the first-level folder should correspond with your client’s name. Do the same within your email account. As correspondence and attachments starts to flow back and forth between you both you’ll be able to archive and store information, messages and files in an organised manner.

Job bags are useful for storing things in which relate to projects. Plastic A3 folders make good job bags. At the start of each job you might not have a lot of physical ‘gumph’ to fill them with, but once your project is underway, and depending on how you work, you may find yourself accumulating a daunting amount of scraps of paper, printed emails and sketches from meetings and the like which it’d be useful to store all in one place. Attach a label with the client name and project number/code on it and affix to a consistent place on the job bag.

Planning Jobs & Projects

Planning is a set of systems and methods. Good planning is purposeful and clear-sighted, effective and efficient; it helps to avoid mistakes.

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Download a free PDF template that you can print out or save and fill in for each of your projects »

Important Planning Questions

  • What am I trying to do? (Aim)
  • What is important? (Criteria)
  • How do I best go about achieving the aim within the given conditions? (Working method)
  • When do I start? (Deadlines and time)
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Without having an aim, it’s difficult to score. Image courtesy of Skyline Studio

Aims

As it states in ‘The Little Know-It-All’ “Aims are a decision-makers’s guidelines and signposts.” Without setting your aims, how can you expect to attain them? There’s a good mnemonic which psychotherapists and life coaches use when explaining aims to their clients; SMART. Aims should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. Put them down in writing, lest you forget things. As repeated elsewhere, once written down, aims and goals take on a concrete life and become commitments. Review them periodically and amend wherever appropriate.

Every project you embark on will need some kind of plan, which should be broken down into a list of jobs based on priority. The most important jobs should be tackled first, and anything that can be done in under three minutes should be attended to immediately.

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A good project plan should remain intuitive and realistic and help you find your way around the job. Wayfinding signage from Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon courtesy of Prentiss Riddle

Top Tips for Effective Job Planning

  • Self-discipline will be required
  • Little jobs needing less than three minutes should be done at once
  • Larger jobs should be broken down into several steps
  • Check the job list once a week
  • Set up a calendar
  • Keep a deadline reminder within your calendar

Note: A reminder system is a good thing to build in to your project plan. At risk of over-stating the point, without writing things down small jobs can fester in the mind, build up so they seem insurmountable and stress you out. Even if you haven’t forgotten anything, you may convince yourself that you have simply by not recording things on paper.

From the book ‘The Little Know-It-All’: “Self-discipline means being able to overcome our innate laziness and inertia, and to carry out even unpleasant tasks in order to achieve more in the end.” Employ SMT (single-minded thought) as often as possible. There exists a theory called ‘The 80:20 Principle’ which states that for many people we waste around 80 per cent of our time on unproductive activities, and that 20 per cent of our most productive time leads to 80 per cent of our success.

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“Time is money.” Image courtesy of Patrick T. Power

Time Management

We’ve all heard the oft-quoted phrase “Time is money”. It’s a phrase that holds water as the more time we squander on useless activities the longer the time period the money we’re earning is made in. Set overall and milestone deadlines for each job within your project on paper, and stick to these deadlines to maximise your productivity and profits.

It may help to keep this overall concept of your projects in mind: A project is an undertaking with a delineated beginning and end, in terms of deliveries and timescales involved. They’ll vary in complexity, but all projects will involve stages and sub-projects within the larger whole, and each will need its own thought-through and planned timeline and defined aim. Assembled together, these sub-projects should come together to help realise the larger, project aim.

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Have your expected project start and end dates in place during the initial phase of project planning. Image courtesy of annaleahart

The Four Prime Components of Planning

  • Evaluation: What are the challenges here and what needs to be done?
  • Planning: How do I deal with the challenges?
  • Execution: What will my solution look like?
  • Observation: How do I check the outcome?

Without adequate planning, projects can quickly fail in a number of ways. Deadlines may be exceeded, milestones missed, jobs forgotten about and things mislaid. You can find yourself on the backfoot, having to play at catch-up because of your own inadequate planning.

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With the best will and design skills in the world, without adequate planning, you run the risk of your project turning into a mess. Image courtesy of Frontline Blogger

Projects usually succeed if:

  • Everybody involved in the project has the same clearly defined aims and outcomes in mind
  • The project is adequately planned, above all to prevent false starts and having to repeat individual steps
  • The work is carefully timetabled and monitored to ensure the project can be concluded
  • There are open channels of communication at all levels and at all business locations
  • You have in place emergency plans you can fall back on if events do not run as planned

Further Rules of the Planning Process

  • Plan ahead
  • Consider contingencies and emergency options
  • Break projects down into manageable milestoness
  • Make a list of resources needed
  • Draw up a project budget

Execution

  • Review project aims
  • Stay motivated and enthusiastic
  • Complete the project
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By constantly monitoring project progress you’ll be able to stay on top of events. Image courtesy of Lars Schleicher

Monitoring

  • Constantly monitor your daily activities and workflow
  • Keep an eye on timeframes and progress
  • Do the same for events
  • ot down any outcomes, both foreseen and unforeseen

Adaptation

  • Solve problems as they occur
  • Keep plans supple and amend if necessary
  • Take emergency steps if need be
  • Conclude project on time

The project plan is a detailed description of what is required of each project, and is made up of some or all of the following parts:

1. Project Definition

  • A description of the tasks to be carried out
  • Project resources needed
  • Stated project aims
  • Project outcome
  • Projected project outcomes

2. Project Variables

  • Jobs to be executed
  • Project start date
  • Predicted project duration
  • Predicted end date
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Another way to view the project plan is as an intricately-composed system of variable key segments. Image courtesy of Adele Turner

3. List of Milestones and Jobs to be Done

  • Responsibilities (if working in a team)
  • Jobs
  • Predicted outcomes
  • Planned start date
  • Planned end date
  • Actual start date
  • Actual end date

4. Project Budgets

  • Actual project budget
  • Projected budget (if different)
  • Any other expenses
  • Unforeseen costs
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Sometimes things just happen that are beyond our control, so always have a contingency plan in place. Image courtesy of Laura Thorne

5. Supplementary plans

  • Emergency plans

6. Project approval

Case Study: CFTC Experts brochure

Client: Commonwealth Secretariat

Designer: Poonum Chauhan

Design Agency: The Fink Agency LLP

I recently caught up with Poonum Chauhan, a senior designer at The Fink Agency in London, to ask her about any projects she’d been involved in where good project planning had been essential. Her words on a particularly devilish project, in terms of logistics and planning, are given below.

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The CFTC Experts brochure is composed of information supplied by countries stretching from East Africa to the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean.

“This project was quite a large one with a lot of different elements involved, and which all had to be pieced together to produce a highly professional document.

“With countries involved from the entire Commonwealth, and individual experts from these countries each writing profiles, the planning, collation and timing of this project needed to be highly organised and efficient, which, as we discovered, didn’t always turn out to be the case! Time zones, work trips, meetings abroad and the general hierarchy of the organisation proved to be challenge, along with budgets too!

“Also, the print was given away, so liaising with the Commonwealth’s printers to ensure the job came out how we wanted it was imperative. A 152pp, 210x210mm brochure, with a throw-out cover, and a 6 colour job were all things to take into consideration when we started this. Also, having to think about courier costs around the world, we had to drop our original case-bound idea as production and postage costs would’ve been just too high!“

Summary

In ‘The Professional Practice of Design’, Dorothy Goslett writes “Many designers, though admitting its necessity, think that design administration is boring, a tiresome chore always to be put aside for doing second if something more exciting crops up to be done first. But good design + good administration = good fees well earned.” If you don’t pay enough attention to it already, get involved in project planning and administration. The routines will soon become habitual and the benefits will reveal themselves to be substantial. For what designer, or client for that matter, doesn’t want his project finished on time and within budget?

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Did you meet your planned end date? Were you on time and on budget? You must’ve been if you’ve followed this guide! Image courtesy of Teena Vallerine

References: A chapter on project planning in the excellent ‘The Little Know-It-All, Common Sense for Designers’ book, which I recommend to you all.


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Tobias Bergdahl’s ’15 Minutes’ project

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These days, more and more designers do side projects, which is fantastic for the community. Between works like André Meca’s Make Something Cool Every Day, Luke Beard’s almost complete ALAD, Even Stremke’s Invitation to an Assassination… Inspiration keeps flowing our way. And, it also helps to work within the universe of some of the people that are part of our personal pantheon, and maybe to even get noticed by them.

With that said, I came across Tobias’ series while browsing either through the Go Media Flickr pool, or when going through some of the design blogs frequently haunted (Daily Inspiration, Abduzeedo, Blkfrmt, Fudgegraphics…). What struck me in the series was its quality, but also the time constraint Tobias included in the exercise. Time is one of the ‘real world’ top constraints for designers. Adding it in a self-initiated project can give that little extra kick to transform a fun self-initiated project into a still fun learning experience.

Without any further due, my interview with Tobias.

The interview

Hello Tobias, could you introduce yourself for the readers that would not know your work?

Hi! I´m a simple swede living in Stockholm. I just graduated from Hyper Island through the Interactive Art Director program, and I´m just started working as a designer at a web agency called Oakwood Creative.

Can you talk a bit about that “15 minutes” series of yours?

My “15 Minutes of Design” is a small side project I have been doing for a few months. In 15 minutes I try to create some graphic design which I then later put up on my Flickr. It´s my “do something every day” thing.

What pushed you to start a project like this?

Why I started this was because I felt I didn’t had the energy or time to be creative. But, I am always stressed when I´m not being productive. So “15 min of design” started as a small experiment for me just to start doing stuff. You always have 15 min to spare and it doesn’t feel like a big effort. It´s also my place where I just experiment and try to have fun.

How do you feel about the time constraint? Is it helping or deserving the final result? Is it a good exercise to hold a deadline tight?

I don’t know if the time constraints help the design; but, I do think that if I had worked on it for two more hours the final result would not be so much better.

The time constraint started as a laziness thing for me but it´s also a comfort because there is no pressure involved. When it comes to designing, it´s easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself. You want it to be good. But, with only 15 minutes you can’t really expect awesomeness, and that helps to be more creative. Nothing is wrong, everything is OK.

One key to becoming a better designer is to design a lot. I’d rather do 50 smaller pieces than one big project. Don´t put all of the eggs in one basket, as they say.

Do you have any favorites in the series? Is there a specific piece that has a special meaning to you?

Not really, maybe the horse picture and “Evas keramik.” It could be a logo for a Ceramics company :)

Any last words before we part?

“15 Minutes of Design” is only a small project with no ambitions to be anything more than just a small project. But, it is a good exercise which has pushed me to do other “bigger” projects. I’m happy with it.

The (selected) works

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Remember, you can go through all the series installments on Tobias’ Flickr stream. You should also check his personal work portfolio.

Tobias Bergdahl’s ’15 Minutes’ project is a post from: GoMediaZine

Go Media is a creative agency based in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides the GoMediaZine, we also work for clients and sell stock artwork and design files on the Arsenal.




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The Momentus project

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A presentation of the project

A collaborative project in which a select group of designers, illustrators, and artists create visual interpretations of the most defining moments in United States history as a way of informing others of our proud, yet sometimes troubled and forgotten past.

— From the Momentus Project website

The curator’s interview: words with Evan Stremke

GoMediaZine: Evan, could you introduce yourself to the Zine readers as they might not know you?
Evan Stremke: I’m a designer and writer (and sometimes comedian depending on who you ask), currently living in Madison, and working at Planet Propaganda.

Can you give me some background on the project itself, what sparked it and how it works?

EK: The Momentus Project was born out of an admittedly strange obsession with United States history. Any attempt to trace this fetish back to a specific moment in my life leads me straight to my mom’s life-long infatuation with John Wayne, specifically the film ‘Chisum’. I myself am captivated by another (perhaps more historically significant figure), John F. Kennedy. His assassination sparked my previous self-directed project Invitation to an Assassination. While designing the project myself was an enjoyable challenge, I became interested in seeing how others might handle a similar task. And so the Momentus Project was created.

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Did you give any constrains to the roster of designers? There’s a fantastic sense of unity between each submission.
EZ: I set certain limits for submissions with regards to colors and size. I’m a huge fan of black and white photography, and that color palette (or lack thereof), just made sense in a historical context. Obviously the size and orientation were also controlled to make sure they translated easily to a specific size of paper I have in mind in hopes of one day making each piece available as a print.

Any favorites so far?
EZ: This is going to sound like total bullshit, but I honestly love each submission equally. One of the most exciting things about this project has been hearing about the lengths each contributor has gone to research their respective events, and I truly believe that it shows. Each piece is unique, and sheds light on how the contributor interprets the event and its lasting effects. And that’s really what this whole project is about. That, and making awesome shit.

I saw on Dribbble that you were working on the JFK assassination, will it be your own contribution, or is more part of the Invitation to an assassination series?

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EK: The piece I posted on Dribbble about the Kennedy assassination is part of my contribution to the Momentus Project. Given my obsession with JFK, it seemed like the most obvious choice for an event.

Did this curation work nurture you as a designer? If yes, how?
EZ: Curating this project has been no easy task. Choosing contributors was fairly straightforward as I tapped a number of friends I’ve made in the community, as well as a few whose work I’ve admired deeply for quite some time. This project served as an opportunity to reach out to those designers and make further connections. Though that’s not to say there weren’t hurdles. The amount of interested contributors honestly shocked me, and I had to turn away a number of individuals who I consider close friends. And then there was the whole sexism thing which was a ton of fun.

What’s coming up next? Like, art wise and for the series itself? A store à la 50 and 50?
EK: I’ve been in talks with the contributors about one day making their pieces available as prints. There are some logistical issues I need to iron out, but I’m crossing my fingers. As I’ve been receiving each submission, I’m realizing that there are certain events in United States history that were left off this list, and it kills me a little inside to know that I didn’t add ‘The Creation of the Transcontinental Railroad’ to the list, as well as a number of others. I’ve been examining a list I generated awhile back, and odds are that I’ll be adding a few more and looking for additional contributors. Beyond the Momentus Project, I’m working on a little something I’m calling ‘Machination’, though I’m keeping a tight lid on that one for now.

A goodbye note?
EK: Simply put I just want to thank everyone for their kind words. I’ve had a great time organizing the project, and I’m incredibly thrilled that people seem to be enjoying the work being produced. Obviously I have nothing to do with each final submission as it appears on the site, so the contributors deserve all of the credit and respect. I know there have been a few issues regarding the integrity of the process, but I’m hoping everyone just sees the project as what it was intended to be, which is simply a collection of amazing designs and illustrations (and a little history lesson as well).

The pieces and the artists

I. The revolutionary war

Momentus Project - The revolutionary war by Jon Contino

Considered by many to be the spark that ignited the tinder of American independence, the Revolutionary war was fought between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the thirteen British colonies in North America that opposed the Stamp Act of 1765. Eventually the formation of the Continental Congress provided Americans the capacity with which to organize the Boston Tea Party in 1773. British General Thomas Gage took notice, and two years later sent waves of troops to fight the battles of Lexington and Concord in which the Americans reigned victorious. The Americans finally cut all ties and any chance of reconciliation when, in 1776, they formed a new nation: The United States of America.

A piece by Jon Contino

II. The Declaration of Independence

Momentus Project - The declaration of independence by Ellis Latham-Brown

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This, the second line of the United States Declaration of Independence, is considered one of the most well-known sentences in the English Language, but it took the Continental Congress nearly an entire month to draft and ultimately agree upon their intentions for the new nation before fifty-six delegates finally signed off on the document. A moment that occurred on July 4, 1776, marking the United States’ official separation from Great Britain. A day that we celebrate and know now as our Independence Day.

A piece by Ellis Latham-Brown

III. The Ratification of the Constitution

Momentus Project - The ratification of the constitution by Erik Hamline

The Continental Congress, responsible for drafting the United States Constitution, failed to realize they didn’t actually have the authority to impose it. Because of this, the Constitution needed to be ratified. In September of 1787 the Continental Congress debated over the Constitution before submitting it to the original thirteen colonies, nine of which would need to vote in favor of it if it were to pass. A handful of ratifications were approved almost immediately, but Massachusetts required further clarification. This debate eventually gave way to the first ten amendments, or what we know to be our Bill of Rights. The final document was approved by all colonies nearly one year later in July of 1788.

A piece by Erik Hamline

IV. The Louisiana Purchase

Momentus Project - The Lousiana purchase by Emory Allen

As the ink on the United States Constitution was drying, the young nation was experiencing somewhat of a growth spurt. As settlers expanded Westward, it was imperative that the United States maintained control over land that was vital to international trade. This included what is now the state of Louisiana, as well as fourteen other states. The only thing standing in their way was the fact that there were no provisions set forth in the Constitution outlining the acquisition of territory. Also, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Unable to defend the territory during his war with Great Britain, he sold the land for 15 million dollars. In the end, the United States more than doubled in size.

A piece by Emory Allen

V. The Lewis & Clark Expedition

Momentus Project - The Lewis and Clark expedition by Blake Suarez

With their eyes set on the Pacific Coast, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were commissioned by then President Thomas Jefferson to set out on what has become perhaps the most influential American-led expedition in the history of the United States. Their objectives were to study plant and animal life, the geography and topography of the land, and how the region could be exploited for economic purposes. Wanting to open up a trade route with Asia, Lewis and Clark headed toward what is now Fort Clatsop National Memorial in Oregon, all the while accompanied by a fifteen year-old Shoshone Indian, Sacajawea, who served as a translator for the various Native American tribes they would encounter along the way.

A piece by Blake Suarez

VI. The Trail of Tears

Momentus Project - The trail of tears by Matt Riley

In an act that many modern historians have described as genocide, the Trail of Tears was the massive forcible relocation of several Native American nations from their native lands in the southeastern region of the United States. Because of Andrew Jackson’s commitment to these efforts, nearly 50,000 Native Americans were removed from their homes over a period of six years, in which time over 4,000 died from disease and starvation. As slavery became a booming industry in the South, white settlers felt the need to expand their operations. It’s because of this necessity that the newly formed boundaries of these Native American nations were continually subject to rezoning and cession.

A piece by Matt Riley

VII. The Dred Scott Case

Momentus Project - The Dred Scott case by Jay Schaul

Born into slavery in the late 18th century, Dred Scott was eventually purchased by Army Major John Emerson who later died in 1843, leaving Scott in the care of Emerson’s widow Eliza Emerson. In 1846, Scott sued Eliza Emerson for his freedom, but the suit was dismissed because Scott was unable to prove that he was in fact a slave. Scott was granted a new trial which began in 1850, this time against his new owner John Sanford. Again, the court ruled against Scott, and in 1857 the Supreme Court ruled that slaves were not to be considered citizens, had no rights, and were not protected by the Constitution. To this day the Supreme Court has yet to officially overturn the Dred Scott case, but parts have been overruled by the Fourteenth Amendment.

A piece by Jay Schaul

VIII. The Battle of Antietam

Momentus Project - The Battle of Antietam by Glenn Thomas

The bloodiest single-day battle in American history was fought on September 17, 1862. Taking place on Northern soil during the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam resulted in a total of roughly 23,000 casualties from both the Confederate and Union Armies. After tracking Confederate General Robert E. Lee into Maryland, Union General George B. McClellan launched the first attack at 5:30a, and both sides continued to battle until 5:30p that night. On the morning of September 18, a truce was reached between both sides, and Lee withdrew his troops back to Virginia, a tactical error in that most historians recognize this as the technical definition of losing a battle.

A piece by Glenn Thomas

IX. The Emancipation Proclamation

Momentus Project - The emancipation proclamation by Richard Perez

Less than a week after the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day on American soil, President Abraham Lincoln issued The Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln used his authority as Commander in Chief to suspend civil law in states that had rebelled against the Union, allowing the executive order to proclaim the formal emancipation of all slaves throughout the Confederate States of America that did not voluntarily return to the Union by January of 1863. Once issued by Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation was never challenged in court, and upon implementation the proclamation granted immediate freedom to 50,000 slaves, with 3.1 million of the nation’s 4 million slaves soon following.

A piece by Richard Perez

X. The Birth of the National Parks

Momentus Project - The birth of national parks by Dan Cassaro

Triggered by westward expansion, the national parks idea began picking up steam in 1864 when several California state leaders dedicated themselves to protecting the natural wonder known as Yosemite Valley. Shortly after acquiring the valley as a state park, more parks began taking shape across the nation. In Wyoming, Yellowstone became the first national park when it was established by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. Since that time, the National Parks Service has grown to maintain over 84.4 million acres across 450 specially designated areas including parks, monuments, memorials, recreational areas, military parks, and more.

A piece by Dan Cassaro

XI. The Wright Brothers Take Flight

Momentus Project - The Wright Brothers Take Flight by Nate Utesch

Born just four years apart, Wilbur and Orville Wright grew up building bicycles before testing a series of kits and gliders they had designed in the early 20th century to test the limits of human flight. Many of their gliders failed to meet the Wright brothers’ expectations, and each model began performing more and more poorly as the years went on. Faced with a harsh reality, the Wrights constructed their own wind tunnel for researching airfoils as well as measuring lift and drag, and were able to correct earlier miscalculations. And on December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the brothers’ new glider model which flew 120 feet in 12 seconds in what is considered the first sustained flight of a manned aircraft.

A piece by Nate Utesch

XII. The Women’s Suffrage Movement

Momentus Project - The women's suffrage movement

As early as 1848, women began campaigning for equal rights on the political landscape during the Seneca Falls Convention. When black men were granted the right to vote by the passing of the Fifteenth Amendment, women’s suffrage advocates such as Susan B. Anthony began campaigning on a federal level with the National American Woman Suffrage Association. After a suffrage bill was defeated in the House of Representatives in 1915, Anthony pushed harder to get it passed before the election of 1920. Because of this pressure, President Woodrow Wilson called a special session of Congress, and on August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, making it a law throughout the United States.

A piece by Kristina Collantes

XIII. The Stock Market Crash

Momentus Project - The stock market crash by Alex Perez

In an era when it seemed like the United States could do no wrong, a small number of red flags had popped up, yet had subsequently been ignored by experts as well as the general public, warning of a potential stock market crash. Despite a period of declining real estate values, many speculated that the market could sustain higher price levels for various goods. And on October 24, 1929 (also known as “Black Thursday”), the New York Stock Exchange collapsed as stock prices plummeted and continued to do so for over a month. It remains the most devastating stock market crash in United States history as it acted as the genesis of the Great Depression, with the market finally recovering after World War II.

A piece by Alex Perez

XIV. The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Momentus Project - The attack on Pearl Harbor by John Soat

Known as The Hawaii Operation to the Japanese, the attack on Pearl Harbor became the catalyst for World War II, the most widespread war in recorded history. The surprise military attack took place on December 7, 1941 as a preventative attack to keep the United States from interfering with Japanese military exercises in Southeast Asia. Launched in two waves, over 350 Japanese fighters sunk four US Navy battleships, three cruisers, three destroyers, destroyed 188 US aircraft, killing 2,402 men and wounding 1,282 others. Historians speculate that an aborted third Japanese wave could have crushed all hopes of a counter attack by the United States in the Pacific theater. The following day, the United States declared war on Japan.

A piece by John Soat

XV. The Creation of WWII Internment Camps

Momentus Project - The Creation of WWII Internment Camps by Christopher Haines

Shortly after the United States declared war on the Empire of Japan, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, resulting in over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who lived on the western coast of the United States to be excluded from the states of California, Oregon, and Washington, except those moved to “War Relocation Camps”, because of their possible ties to a war enemy. Camps were surrounded by armed guards who had the power to shoot anyone who attempted to leave an exclusion zone. In January of 1945, the order was rescinded, and internees began to leave the camps immediately. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued a formal apology on behalf of the United States Government.

A piece by Christopher Haines

XVI. The Bombing of Hiroshima

Momentus Project - The bombing of Hiroshima by Chaz Russo

For more than six months in the latter stages of World War II, the United States and its allies had continuously fire-bombed sixty-seven Japanese cities in an attempt to force a surrender as outlined in the Potsdam Declaration. However, the Empire of Japan stood strong and ignored the ultimatum, leaving President Harry S. Truman with only one device: dropping a nuclear bomb known as “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima. Over 166,000 people died as a result of the bombing, with more than half being killed immediately from severe nuclear burns. In the following months, tens of thousands succumbed to radiation poisoning. Nine days after the initial bombing, Japan announced its surrender to the allies, officially ending World War II.

A piece by Chaz Russo

XVII. The Marshall Plan

Momentus Project - The Marshall Plan by Matt Braun

Named after then Secretary of State George Marshall, the Marshall Plan (officially known as the European Recovery Program), was an aid program which sent monetary support to European economies to help slow the spread of Communism after World War II. Over the course of four years, billion was given to those countries that had joined the Organization for European Economic Co-Operation on top of the billion given to Europe between the end of the war and the beginning of the Marshall Plan. Within four years, the economy of every European country to receive funding had surpassed pre-war levels. The initiative was offered to the Soviet Union as well, but they refused to accept it.

A piece by Matt Braun

XVIII. The McCarthyism Movement

Momentus Project - The McCarthyism Movement by Matt Lehman

In the post-World War II United States, Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy lead the charge in accusing thousands of Americans of being communists, or communist sympathizers for well over a decade. These Americans became the subjects of highly aggressive, and often times illegal and unwarranted investigations into their loyalty toward the United States. The majority of these citizens were government employees and politicians, as well as those in the entertainment industry. Many were wrongfully imprisoned and had their professional careers tarnished. To this day, the term “McCarthyism” is used to describe any unsubstantiated accusations of disloyalty toward the United States.

A piece by Matt Lehman

XIX. The Bay of Pigs

Momentus Project - The bay of pigs by Scotty Reifsnyder


Within three months of the Kennedy presidency, a CIA-trained force of Cuban exiles was sent to invade and overthrow the Cuban government and their leader Fidel Castro. Prior to the invasion, rumors of the attack circulated not only through Cuba, but throughout the world, and only three days after launching the invasion Cuban armed forces defeated the exile forces and took many of them prisoner. JFK disavowed any US involvement in training the exiles, and refused to take any action that would result in their release until a deal was struck with the Cuban government years later. Many prisoners were so desperate to get word to their families that they released messages in bottles in hopes that they would reach the US shore.

A piece by Scotty Reifsnyder

XX. The Civil Rights Movement

Momentus Project - The Civil Rights movement by Jon Ashcroft

The African-American Civil Rights Movement began to pick up steam in 1955 as it set its sights on restoring voting rights in Southern states, as well as seeking to desegregate much of the nation’s public services. Through the efforts of eminent advocates such as Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement became less about political equality, and more about freedom and dignity. In what is perhaps the most famous Civil Rights protest, nearly 300,000 demonstrators marched on Washington to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Less than a year later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, banning discrimination based on “race, color, religion, or national origin.”

A piece by Jon Ashcroft

XXI. The Assassination of JFK

Momentus Project - The assassination of JFK by Evan Stremke


On November 22, 1963, while traveling in a motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy was shot and fatally wounded by an assassin later believed to be Lee Harvey Oswald. The assassination lead to a ten-month investigation by the Warren Commission which concluded that Oswald acted alone in the killing, a fact contested by a vast majority of Americans since 1966. A funeral was held three days later on John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s third birthday, in which representatives from over 90 countries attended, including the Soviet Union with whom the United States was at odds with during the Cold War. Kennedy’s death has been the subject of much controversy and debate ever since.

A piece by Evan Stremke

XXII. The Vietnam War

Momentus Project - The Vietnam War by Tim Boelaars

The Vietnam War saw heightened involvement from the United States in the mid 1960s as the US government viewed participation in the conflict as a way to prevent the spread of communism throughout the world, specifically to South Vietnam regarded at the time as a US puppet state. United States troop levels tripled twice over in as many years with total troop numbers reaching over half a million throughout the duration of the war. US forces were finally withdrawn in 1968 after the Tet Offensive, a successful, yet ultimately disappointing attack which stunned the United States Military. The war officially ended with the North Vietnamese army captured Saigon, and both North and South Vietnam were reunified one year later.

A piece by Tim Boelaars

XXIII. The Moon Landing

Momentus Project - The Moon landing by Mark Weaver

In a 1961 address to the United States Congress, then President John F. Kennedy expressed his desire for landing men on the moon saying “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” And though the President didn’t live to see his dream realized, NASA’s Apollo program, with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin crewing the Apollo 11 lunar mission, fulfilled Kennedy’s wish by being the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon on July 21, 1969. Since then only five Apollo missions have landed men on the Moon, the last being in 1972.

A piece by Mark Weaver

XXIV. The Watergate Scandal

Momentus Project - The Watergate scandal by Shed Labs

On June 17, 1972, five men broke into, and stole money from the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. A federal investigation by the FBI connected the burglars to a slush fund for the 1972 Committee to Re-elect the President. Through a series of interviews with Nixon staffers and members of his administration conducted by the Senate Watergate Committee, it was discovered that a tape recording system in Nixon’s office captured audio of his attempts to cover up the scandal. Though he fought to keep the tapes a secret, the US Supreme Court ruled that he must hand them over. Facing impeachment, Nixon became the first and only president to voluntarily resign.

A piece by Shed Labs

XXV. The Invention of the Internet

The Momentus Project - The Invention of the Internet by Bobby McKenna

Beginning with point-to-point communication between mainframes, the Internet dates back as far as the 1950s with the development of computers. Several decades later in 1982, the Internet Protocol Suite was launched, introducing a world-wide network of fully interconnected networks. In the early 1990s, commercial service providers allowed public access to the Internet as restrictions on the use of network traffic were lifted. Since that time, the Internet has had a radical effect on global cultural, economical, and political landscapes alike. It’s estimated that in 1993, the Internet transmitted only 1% of all telecommunications information, a figure which had grown to more than 97% by 2007.

A piece by Bobby McKenna

XXVI. The Oklahoma City Bombing

Momentus Project - The Oklahoma City Bombing by Scott Hill

Just over an hour after an explosion at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building claimed the lives 168 American citizens, Timothy McVeigh was stopped by an Oklahoma State Trooper for driving without a license plate, and unlawful possession of a weapon. What quickly became the largest criminal investigation in US history eventually concluded that McVeigh and his accomplice Terry Nichols did in fact carry out an American attack on American soil when they were tried and convicted in 1997. McVeigh admitted to timing the explosion to go off on the second anniversary of what he believed to be the US government’s “mishandling” of the Waco Siege. Six years after the bombing, McVeigh was executed by lethal injection.

A piece by Scott Hill

That’s all (so far) folks!

Thanks for taking the time to read more this great project. Feel free to add your observation about the pieces in the comments. Also, any moments you would have added? Removed? Interpreted differently?

Link recap

The artists and their piece

The ones still to be unveiled

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Go Media is a creative agency based in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides the GoMediaZine, we also work for clients and sell stock artwork and design files on the Arsenal.




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Project Manager Needed (Tech projects – Meetings and Travel) (Midtown)

Rapidly expanding web design team within a top travel management company based in Manhattan is looking for a project manager to lead our small team of web builders and expand our product offering.

We are a 300+, privately held, global, high-touch corporate travel management company based in NYC and NJ. We have made a name for ourselves in the market by providing cutting-edge technological solutions for our clients which include fashion accounts, pharmaceutical corporations, financial institutions, consulting firms, and more.

The Groups and Meetings division is experiencing unbelievable growth. We are implementing multiple clients every week and all of them are looking for web registration capabilities in order to capture relevant information, drive down costs and yet still provide an engaging experience for their registrants.

This position will manage two (2) web builders out of our midtown NYC headquarters.

SCOPE:
1-5 Direct Reports. Responsible for performance and productivity of Registration Technologies Department. Responsible for strategically designing process and configuration of delivery systems for account needs which will result in service excellence and growth of revenue from new and existing clients. Responsible for strengthening current technological capacities while simultaneously expanding all offered suites and services. To establish a customer service standard of support for both external and internal customer needs with regard to all meeting registration, group online booking and survey tools in our portfolio

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED (minimum needed to begin in the job):
2+ years of project management experience
2+ years team management experience
Process improvement experience
Demonstrated ability to problem solve independently and in collaboration with peers and managers
Excellent references
2+ years of information technology/web design experience (preferred)
Experience with CVENT, Starcite or similar event management portals (preferred)

MAIN COMPETENCIES
Service Quality Orientation
Oral and Written Communications Skills
Ability to Learn and Analyze
Judgment and Decisiveness
Adaptability and Resourcefulness
Technological Aptitude

Thank you in advance!!

  • Compensation: Based on experience
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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50 and 50 – The state motto project

Hello hello! Today, I’d love to start a “new” series of posts about inspiration to talk about one of the great collaborative design efforts currently going on in the design community (no, it’s not the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest). Today, I’m going to talk about The state mottos project.

What the heck is The state mottos project?

50 and 50 - The state motto project logo

About 50 and 50

50 and 50 is a collective, curated project where fifty designers are invited to represent their state by illustrating its motto.

This project was initiated by Dan Cassaro, aka Young Jerks. I reached out to Dan to know more about the project, and here’s (part of) our email exchange:

GoMediaZine:

Hey Dan, My name is Simon and I would love to do a feature about the 50 and 50 project on the GoMediaZine. Could you give us some background info about the project, how it came to life and so on?

Dan Cassaro:

I can tell you that the idea for this project was born out of a trip taken almost 2 years ago. My girlfriend and I took a road trip to California on a whim 2 summers ago. We didn’t know each other and essentially our first date was a 2 week trip in an RV that week rented, driving around Northern California and panning for gold. We have been taking trips across the country to various places since, trying to see as much of the country as we can. We recently purchased a camper of our own (seen below) and have plans to work out of the back of it while traveling this summer.

Dan Cassaro's camper

Dan Cassaro in CA

I began noticing the mottos on signs when we crossed the borders to different states and was very taken with them. The original plan was to do type treatments for all of them myself, but I eventually scrapped the idea, thinking it would be better to have it be a collaboration with all the people from the different states. It helped to vary the project and now I have friends in every state!

Dan Cassaro in CA

GMZ: Could you give more info about the various directions and/or constraints you gave to the designers that worked on the project?

Dan Cassaro: The direction was really simple. I gave everyone the sizes and the 2 colors and told them to go for it. I didn’t want to have to do too much art directing so the easiest way to do that was to just pick people whose work I knew i already loved. It’s really an awesome team of some of the best young(ish?) designers working right now. The colors were chosen to unify the project, and for obvious reasons, had to be red, white, and blue. I wanted to make them subtle though, didn’t want to hit people over the head with a bald eagle or whatever.

With all that said and explained about the project, I’m going to now share some of those great illustrations with you!

Alaska

Alaska by Keetra Dean Dixon

Alaska by Keetra Dean Dixon

Connecticut

Connecticut by Meg Hunt

Connecticut by Meg Hunt - Detail

Connecticut by Meg Hunt

Delaware

Delaware by Ken Barber

Delaware by Ken Barber - Detail

Delaware by Ken Barber

Louisiana

Louisiana by A. Micah Smith

Louisiana by A. Micah Smith - Detail

Louisiana by A. Micah Smith

Massachusetts

Massachusetts by Mark Weaver

Massachusetts by Mark Weaver

North Carolina

North Carolina by Matt Stevens

North Carolina by Matt Stevens - Detail

North Carolina by Matt Stevens

Nevada

Nevada by Katie Lee

Nevada by Katie Lee

New York

New York by Dan Cassaro

New York by Dan Cassaro - Detail

New York by Dan Cassaro

Tennessee

Tennesse by Matt Lehman

Tennessee by Matt Lehman

Don’t leave now, there’s more!

Don’t forget, there are many more to be seen on the 50 and 50 website’s gallery. The ones I selected here are part some of the ones Dan provided material for, part personal (and quick) selection. And what would be YOUR interpretation of your state’s motto?

Links

If you want more updates about The state mottos project and/or Dan’s work, you can check the following links:

I’d like to thank Dan for his kindness and all the material he provided us to do this post. Also, even if it seems obvious, all the content here belongs to their respective authors.

50 and 50 – The state motto project is a post from: GoMediaZine

Go Media is a creative agency based in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides the GoMediaZine, we also work for clients and sell stock artwork and design files on the Arsenal.




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Professional Design Practice Lesson 3: Project Planning

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This week’s article on professional design practice concerns project planning. Good, thoughtful project planning can be indispensable to the smooth running of your professional life as a freelancer. By running your business along well-oiled, well-organised lines you’ll be able to wring the most amount of time out of your days, maximise your profits, avoid mislaying things and generally inject some calm into your busy life. A modicum of planning, far from acting as a restraint on creativity, can in fact free us to spend more time on the creative process. It should therefore be an integral part of all our working lives. Follow the guides below, or a life of professional chaos awaits!

Author: Bradley Hotson for The Graphic Design School The Graphic Design School offers vocational training graphic design courses. Delivery is online, affordable and open to students all over the world to study in the comfort of their own home.

Professional Design Practice Lesson 3: Project Planning

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When devising your project plan, break your jobs down into clearly delineated milestones for best organisation. Image courtesy of JohnnyEnglish

First Things First

To begin with, you’ll need a system for booking jobs in, and allocating project codes/numbers to them as they arrive. This could be termed “Processing”. Designing a system for these codes/numbers can be entirely your own decision, the only rule being that once you’ve devised it you should keep things consistent across all projects. You might take the first three letters of your client’s name, add a numeral(s) indicating which project for this client this job is and apend the year and month the job is booked in.

Create a folder with subfolders on your hard drive. The name of the first-level folder should correspond with your client’s name. Do the same within your email account. As correspondence and attachments starts to flow back and forth between you both you’ll be able to archive and store information, messages and files in an organised manner.

Job bags are useful for storing things in which relate to projects. Plastic A3 folders make good job bags. At the start of each job you might not have a lot of physical ‘gumph’ to fill them with, but once your project is underway, and depending on how you work, you may find yourself accumulating a daunting amount of scraps of paper, printed emails and sketches from meetings and the like which it’d be useful to store all in one place. Attach a label with the client name and project number/code on it and affix to a consistent place on the job bag.

Planning Jobs & Projects

Planning is a set of systems and methods. Good planning is purposeful and clear-sighted, effective and efficient; it helps to avoid mistakes.

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Download a free PDF template that you can print out or save and fill in for each of your projects, download HERE

Important Planning Questions

  • What am I trying to do? (Aim)
  • What is important? (Criteria)
  • How do I best go about achieving the aim within the given conditions? (Working method)
  • When do I start? (Deadlines and time)
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Without having an aim, it’s difficult to score. Image courtesy of Skyline Studio

Aims

As it states in ‘The Little Know-It-All’ “Aims are a decision-makers’s guidelines and signposts.” Without setting your aims, how can you expect to attain them? There’s a good mnemonic which psychotherapists and life coaches use when explaining aims to their clients; SMART. Aims should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. Put them down in writing, lest you forget things. As repeated elsewhere, once written down, aims and goals take on a concrete life and become commitments. Review them periodically and amend wherever appropriate.

Every project you embark on will need some kind of plan, which should be broken down into a list of jobs based on priority. The most important jobs should be tackled first, and anything that can be done in under three minutes should be attended to immediately.

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A good project plan should remain intuitive and realistic and help you find your way around the job. Wayfinding signage from Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon courtesy of Prentiss Riddle

Top Tips for Effective Job Planning

  • Self-discipline will be required
  • Little jobs needing less than three minutes should be done at once
  • Larger jobs should be broken down into several steps
  • Check the job list once a week
  • Set up a calendar
  • Keep a deadline reminder within your calendar

Note: A reminder system is a good thing to build in to your project plan. At risk of over-stating the point, without writing things down small jobs can fester in the mind, build up so they seem insurmountable and stress you out. Even if you haven’t forgotten anything, you may convince yourself that you have simply by not recording things on paper.

From the book ‘The Little Know-It-All’: “Self-discipline means being able to overcome our innate laziness and inertia, and to carry out even unpleasant tasks in order to achieve more in the end.” Employ SMT (single-minded thought) as often as possible. There exists a theory called ‘The 80:20 Principle’ which states that for many people we waste around 80 per cent of our time on unproductive activities, and that 20 per cent of our most productive time leads to 80 per cent of our success.

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“Time is money.” Image courtesy of Patrick T. Power

Time Management

We’ve all heard the oft-quoted phrase “Time is money”. It’s a phrase that holds water as the more time we squander on useless activities the longer the time period the money we’re earning is made in. Set overall and milestone deadlines for each job within your project on paper, and stick to these deadlines to maximise your productivity and profits.

It may help to keep this overall concept of your projects in mind: A project is an undertaking with a delineated beginning and end, in terms of deliveries and timescales involved. They’ll vary in complexity, but all projects will involve stages and sub-projects within the larger whole, and each will need its own thought-through and planned timeline and defined aim. Assembled together, these sub-projects should come together to help realise the larger, project aim.

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Have your expected project start and end dates in place during the initial phase of project planning. Image courtesy of annaleahart

The Four Prime Components of Planning

  • Evaluation: What are the challenges here and what needs to be done?
  • Planning: How do I deal with the challenges?
  • Execution: What will my solution look like?
  • Observation: How do I check the outcome?

Without adequate planning, projects can quickly fail in a number of ways. Deadlines may be exceeded, milestones missed, jobs forgotten about and things mislaid. You can find yourself on the backfoot, having to play at catch-up because of your own inadequate planning.

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With the best will and design skills in the world, without adequate planning, you run the risk of your project turning into a mess. Image courtesy of Frontline Blogger

Projects usually succeed if:

  • Everybody involved in the project has the same clearly defined aims and outcomes in mind
  • The project is adequately planned, above all to prevent false starts and having to repeat individual steps
  • The work is carefully timetabled and monitored to ensure the project can be concluded
  • There are open channels of communication at all levels and at all business locations
  • You have in place emergency plans you can fall back on if events do not run as planned

Further Rules of the Planning Process

  • Plan ahead
  • Consider contingencies and emergency options
  • Break projects down into manageable milestoness
  • Make a list of resources needed
  • Draw up a project budget

Execution

  • Review project aims
  • Stay motivated and enthusiastic
  • Complete the project
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By constantly monitoring project progress you’ll be able to stay on top of events. Image courtesy of Lars Schleicher

Monitoring

  • Constantly monitor your daily activities and workflow
  • Keep an eye on timeframes and progress
  • Do the same for events
  • ot down any outcomes, both foreseen and unforeseen

Adaptation

  • Solve problems as they occur
  • Keep plans supple and amend if necessary
  • Take emergency steps if need be
  • Conclude project on time

The project plan is a detailed description of what is required of each project, and is made up of some or all of the following parts:

1. Project Definition

  • A description of the tasks to be carried out
  • Project resources needed
  • Stated project aims
  • Project outcome
  • Projected project outcomes

2. Project Variables

  • Jobs to be executed
  • Project start date
  • Predicted project duration
  • Predicted end date
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Another way to view the project plan is as an intricately-composed system of variable key segments. Image courtesy of Adele Turner

3. List of Milestones and Jobs to be Done

  • Responsibilities (if working in a team)
  • Jobs
  • Predicted outcomes
  • Planned start date
  • Planned end date
  • Actual start date
  • Actual end date
  • 4. Project Budgets

    • Actual project budget
    • Projected budget (if different)
    • Any other expenses
    • Unforeseen costs
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    Sometimes things just happen that are beyond our control, so always have a contingency plan in place. Image courtesy of Laura Thorne

    5. Supplementary plans

  • Emergency plans

    6. Project approval

    Case Study: CFTC Experts brochure

    Client: Commonwealth Secretariat

    Designer: Poonum Chauhan

    Design Agency: The Fink Agency LLP

    I recently caught up with Poonum Chauhan, a senior designer at The Fink Agency in London, to ask her about any projects she’d been involved in where good project planning had been essential. Her words on a particularly devilish project, in terms of logistics and planning, are given below.

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    The CFTC Experts brochure is composed of information supplied by countries stretching from East Africa to the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean.

    “This project was quite a large one with a lot of different elements involved, and which all had to be pieced together to produce a highly professional document.

    “With countries involved from the entire Commonwealth, and individual experts from these countries each writing profiles, the planning, collation and timing of this project needed to be highly organised and efficient, which, as we discovered, didn’t always turn out to be the case! Time zones, work trips, meetings abroad and the general hierarchy of the organisation proved to be challenge, along with budgets too!

    “Also, the print was given away, so liaising with the Commonwealth’s printers to ensure the job came out how we wanted it was imperative. A 152pp, 210x210mm brochure, with a throw-out cover, and a 6 colour job were all things to take into consideration when we started this. Also, having to think about courier costs around the world, we had to drop our original case-bound idea as production and postage costs would’ve been just too high!”

    Summary

    In ‘The Professional Practice of Design’, Dorothy Goslett writes “Many designers, though admitting its necessity, think that design administration is boring, a tiresome chore always to be put aside for doing second if something more exciting crops up to be done first. But good design + good administration = good fees well earned.” If you don’t pay enough attention to it already, get involved in project planning and administration. The routines will soon become habitual and the benefits will reveal themselves to be substantial. For what designer, or client for that matter, doesn’t want his project finished on time and within budget?

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    Did you meet your planned end date? Were you on time and on budget? You must’ve been if you’ve followed this guide! Image courtesy of Teena Vallerine

    References: A chapter on project planning in the excellent ‘The Little Know-It-All, Common Sense for Designers’ book, which I recommend to you all.


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