Nessim Higson
What difficulties did you face at the beginning of your career?
The hardest thing I dealt with at the beginning of my career was getting my career started. My first ‘real’ job in the industry was the equivalent of something out of the film office space. I wore a tie 4 days a week and we had casual fridays. Gossip and a water cooler were fixtures in the office. As hard as it was... it helped direct me on the type of work I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life.
What should a young designer do in order not to get hired by anybody?
Loose the ego. I find that many young designers come out of school with a massive ego. A sense of entitlement accompanies it. I’m a firm believer in one having to work hard to get where they want to go. Life isn’t served on a silver platter.
Are there any things you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
That the best person to push me... is me. I am my best motivator. This applies to everyone.
Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?
To divide “their work” from “my work”.  There is a distinct difference in the work I do for clients and the work I do for myself. Studio initiated projects have more control and are often more grattifying in their outcome.
Would you recommend some books that young designers might find useful?
Alan Fletcher’s The Art of Looking Sideways  is a fantastic read as well as well as Kenya Hara’s Designing Design. Those are two of my favorite books.
Nessim answered the questions on November 24, 2014.
The answers were published on December 5, 2014.