Jason Sfetko
What difficulties did you face at the beginning of your career?
When I graduated from college in 2008, magazines were closing and media companies were doing mass layoffs because of the financial crisis; that made it extremely difficult to find any place that was hiring, not to mention all the experienced designers that were laid off that I had to compete with. It all ended up working out in the end and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
What should a young designer do in order not to get hired by anybody?
Having a bad attitude and being unable to take criticism.
Are there any things you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
That coming up with a good idea and executing it was only half the battle. The other half was getting it approved.
Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?
I try not to fall in love with any one idea at first. I found that if I start to like one idea, I get lazy and stop thinking of new ones.
Would you recommend some books that young designers might find useful?
Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!)  by George Lois
Jason answered the questions on June 19, 2015.
The answers were published on June 20, 2015.