My New Path

How did I get here? While I started my career in a graphic design agency, I’ve been designing reference and textbooks for 20 years. I loved working with editors and marketers and super-smart librarians, just a big family of book lovers. Knowledge lovers. The lunch room, while filled with co-workers chatting, always had a few…

Everything Old Isn’t New Again

You could say that, since design styles come around again about every 40 years, there isn’t any real need to update your design style. You just need to wait around until everyone else catches up. But it doesn’t really work that way. Yes, 1960s fashion was somewhat based on 1920s fashion, but it didn’t look…

The Academic Tower

Age Advantage Being an older student gives you a different viewpoint about teachers and the teaching world. On one hand, I feel closer to the teachers, since we are a similar age. But I’m are also aware of the shortcomings built in to having a more enclosed work life. And that makes me a bit…

Can I say “no”?

I’ve been musing on when it is appropriate to say “no” to a job that has all the earmarks of being a problem job. Did I make a mistake by charging what the project would actually have cost? Would the work experience alone have been enough of a payment? If I say “no” even once,…