If you’ve been handed a design qualification in an overzealous ceremonious manner, along with those high achievement awards and well wishes for your future in the industry, you’ve likely felt a false sense of security with your own capabilities. That confidence landed you your first design job, and all was well until you walked into the office, were seated at your desk and then felt that HOLY-SHITBALLS-WHAT-AM-I-DOING feeling come on nice and strong. You’re not alone, and if you haven’t felt this feeling, well I totally didn’t either…
I was lucky enough to land my first job in a pretentious-free design space, with a mid-weight designer above me, who is highly approachable and doesn’t have a condescending bone in her body. Unfortunately, other juniors aren’t as lucky. somewhere in the space between junior and senior, something seems to happen. Those in the game the longest, seem to forget what it was like starting out. Admittedly, us n00bs sometimes don’t shake that false confidence, and come across as ‘closed books’ in terms of continual learning. Anyhoo, before I stereotype too much, what I want to introduce to this space are links to pages that have helped me considerably, have useful information or are just so gosh-darn pretty that you just must take a look!
This site is an amazing visual explanation to how info graphics can transform boring-as-shit data into easy to read and understand information. The majority of my day job involves data visualisation, so you’ll be able to see why it’s been a godsend. Check out the motion graphics as well, it’ll leave your synapses tingling!
2. Column Five
Again, a rad site for info graphic inspiration. What I really like about this site, and why I find it so relevant is the content is interactive to the user. The elearning courses we design are highly interactive, and after designing constantly it’s sometimes hard to open your mind up to different interactive possibilities in a fairly constrained program.
An oldie, but a goodie. I primarily use this site to compare my lackluster, fully furnished (by the owner) tacky beach themed rental to amazing interior design possibilities. It’s basically the equivalent to checking out a prize-home, choosing your would-be bedroom and then leaving with your tail behind your legs back to your rented shack, all without leaving your broken computer chair!
Well, that’s all for now. These are really high traffic, easy to find links but they really help in the day-to-day. I’ll be posting many more, regularly! In the mean time you can follow me on instagram @delilahsays and I’d love to hear what links help you out!