Courtney Rowson
What difficulties did you face at the beginning of your career?
I was fortunate to work in a small agency right out of school which meant that I had to wear lots of different hats and learn how to solve design solutions quickly and often times by myself. Being a bit of an overachiever, I would work myself to the bone, putting lots of pressure on the work since I was unsure of my decisions. Working long hours and putting lots of pressure on yourself doesn’t always mean the work is going to be more successful. I have learned it is better to walk away and come back to it with a fresh mind.
What should a young designer do in order not to get hired by anybody?
Lack humility, over-talk and forget to be polite. Your work will speak for itself so make sure that you are presenting your character in the best possible light.
Are there any things you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
Every opportunity, every project and every person you work with has the potential to be a learning experience. It is important to be passionate about those opportunities. It makes the hard work that much more satisfying.
Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?
I have always been a huge list maker. I am easily excitable/distracted so lists help remind me to plan my work and work my plan. And don’t forget to switch up your perspective… Time away from work is rejuvenating, inspiring and helps make me personally more efficient. Traveling, new experiences, reading articles and simply switching up your routine are great ways to regain your focus.
Would you recommend some books that young designers might find useful?
Design books are great but don’t limit yourself to a single subject. Exposing yourself to other industries and trends are just as important!
Courtney answered the questions on November 12, 2014.
The answers were published on November 21, 2014.