Timothy Goodman
What difficulties did you face at the beginning of your career?
My self. I wanted too much too quickly and I quickly realized that I had to enjoy the process or I would be unhappy. It was also personally important for me to get my sensibilities in my work as much as possible: my voice, my humor, my opinion. The personal projects didn’t begin until I began working for myself 3 years ago.
What should a young designer do in order not to get hired by anybody?
Be an asshole. Ultimately you have to be talented and efficient, but if you’re working with people 10 hours a day, then others should enjoy having you around.
Are there any things you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
I wish I wasn’t so pensive back in college and after graduation. Now I do everything with play. Also, if you want to change your look, then change your tool.
Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?
Approach graphic design as a practice, not as a profession. There are no rules. If you want to write, then write. If you want to draw, then draw. If you want to make something weird, then make it.
Would you recommend some books that young designers might find useful?
I don’t recommend reading design books ever. Read things you’re interested in like poetry, opinion pieces, world history, science, biographies, mythology, etc. I believe THIS will make you a better designer. Watch movies, look at fine art, listen to music, fall in love, get your heart broken, have a one-night stand, travel, make mistakes. I believe THIS will make you a better designer.
Timothy answered the questions on October 22, 2014.
The answers were published on November 3, 2014.