Luke Williams
What difficulties did you face at the beginning of your career?
At first I didn’t have many clues to get me started. There was so much mystery, and so many possibilities. Which meant a lot of fumbling, impulsive decision-making, and naive thinking. When you’re fresh out of college, it’s natural to get excited about everything. Every big decision greets you with another lesson to learn. This is a good thing, embrace it.
What should a young designer do in order not to get hired by anybody?
To not get hired, don’t interview anywhere. Don’t research your options. Don’t offer to buy a coffee for someone you’d like to work for one day. Definitely play more GTA.
Are there any things you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
It’s a tough question, because the things I know today were all taught to me through experience. Experience is key. It brings knowledge, and in turn confidence. Once you begin developing confidence in yourself and your work as a professional, you start paying more attention to yourself and minding the crowd a lot less.
Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?
There are some simple rules. Like, show up on time, and don’t be the first to leave. Always put a third into savings. Keep your receipts. Try to be social. Don’t talk shit. And one especially for young designers: if there’s a chance you’ll be caught doing that thing you’re about to do, you probably will be.
Would you recommend some books that young designers might find useful?
For the first couple years, buy a ton of books. Get excited about every single thing. And then after some time, stop buying so many books. Then start buying books specific to a thing you’re really passionate about besides graphic design. Pro tip: books are the worst thing to have a lot of when you’re about to move across the country for your next awesome job.

One more bonus note I think is really important for recent grads to remember: the best work you’ve done is going to look like garbage compared to what you’re about to do.
Luke answered the questions on July 16, 2014.
The answers were published on July 23, 2014.