There are times when work is just a four letter word. I’m sure you’ll agree, there are those moments when being effective and productive is more painful than stubbing your toe on the bed post.
However, what’s really challenging is being a creative professional working in a non-creative industry for non-creative decision-makers. How do you do it? Well, that’s part of the charm of being a creative person. You have the skill set to adapt to any situation. You are a knowledge worker – aka super hero.
This month’s article focuses on how you can help those who don’t do your day-to-day work to understand what you do and how you can positively impact the bottom line through decisions made by others.
A meeting of the InSource Board of Directors was held on August 11, 2009. Discussion items included welcoming the Creative Group (www.creativegroup.com) as a Presenting Sponsor, a proposed plan of programs for InSource, Inside Track – the InSource newsletter and appreciation of support from GDUSA (www.gdusa.com).
Andy Brenits, InSource Vice President, has been promoted to Associate Director of National Design at KPMG in Montvale, New Jersey
After graduating from SVA, I began my career as a designer working for small studios in the Flatiron district of Manhattan before moving in-house. I’ve held positions at Banana Republic, Gap, and the National Football League. During this time I was able to work not just as a “creative”, but I was also exposed to the business side of design, learning how to work with clients, manage projects, and build relationships. I realized quickly that I liked the business side of design just as much as the creative challenges of my work.
As creative professionals, we are somewhat like felines in that we tolerate and share our existence with those less glamorous than ourselves. I’m kidding of course.
This meeting of the InSource Board of Directors held on July 9, 2009, reflects increased activity going on at the board level.
Findings from the InSource Member Survey conducted in June 2009 (with a 46% response rate) were carefully considered and discussed. Guided by the responses of current InSource members to this member survey, decisions were made to revamp the approach to organizing programs that best serve the needs and interests of InSource members.
After seven years experience in Designer/Senior Designer roles, I became Creative Services Manager for Gordon Food Service in 2002. (Gordon Food Service is North America’s largest family-owned and operated foodservice distributor, with operations in the US and Canada. Gordon Food Service also operates over 125 GFS Marketplace stores located in seven midwestern states and Florida.)
Four articles written by Glenn John Arnowitz that focus on In-House Issues and Corporate Life and Design that were featured in recent issues of How and Dynamic Graphics + Create magazines.
When it comes to resumes for creative professionals, presentation is paramount. But what do you do to fit your brilliantly-designed resume into an online job board format? What keywords should you include in your resume to make sure it gets into the hands of those you need to impress?
According to Adrienne Burke, General Manager at Artisan, who has placed creative talent for the past five years, “A beautiful, well-written resume is a must if you want to stand out as a creative professional. Cutesy graphics, unclear illustrations, cartoonish fonts, lots of colors, and slanted type are all signs of an overdesigned resume—definite resume don’ts.”
Board members are now working out the logistics for transforming the “Practice Makes Perfect: Effectively Managing Creative Services in Today’s Corporate Culture” InSource event (with featured speakers Shel Perkins and Steve Benfield) into a Webinar with each featured speaker. Members will be informed as soon as details are confirmed.
New options for levels of membership are now posted when visitors to the InSource Web site click on the “Join” button, making it possible for individuals to overcome any personal financial barriers to membership due to these challenging economic times. Members are encouraged to spread the word to others who may have an interest in becoming part of InSource.