Why reinvent the wheel?

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When I’m about to start a new project, one that requires new designs, I’m often hit by doubts. Not in my ability as a designer-maker, but more in terms of ‘Who needs another _____?’ Haven’t we got enough spoons, bowls, bags, belts, jewellery, mugs, scarf’s, hats, clothes, shoes, you name it already? And how would […]

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A Makers Guidebook to Full-time Success

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I’m guessing you’re here because you have a passion for making beautiful, functional things, and you want to make that passion your full-time income. But you just don’t know quite how to get from A to B. A being creative, making your beautiful work, B turning it into the full-time business. Actually you might think […]

How to turn proven methods into your own

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This past week I caught myself wasting a lot of time. I normally don’t think of anything in terms of wasted time – but as lessons learned. Which will always benefit me. But this week it felt different, because I should know this by now. I’ll tell you what happened. I’m in the creative process […]

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How to make your designs un-copy-able

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When I was at the Royal College of Art, my professor – David Watkins, always use to say, that it didn’t matter if other people did the same kind of things you did – you just had to make it yours. How do you make it yours? It’s got to do with the source. Where […]

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The secret to creating unique designs

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Ever felt scared that the work you create might look like it’s inspired by someone else’s work? I mean, you know it’s not, but maybe you get a lot of ‘oh, your work reminds me so much of so and so’s work’ comments from people? I know I’ve had a ton of those comments. Sometimes it’s […]

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Why it’s important you design

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I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about if the designs and pieces you’re creating makes a difference? I do from time to time. I sometimes take myself in comparing the importance of what I’m doing, to …. say a doctor! Ever been there? I can’t recommend going there – at all! It’s not a healthy […]

Why open design briefs are not always the easiest

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There are many different design brief scenarios. And by brief I mean ‘a short statement, summary or instructions given about a specific task or job’ (in this case designing something) – to put it a bit dictionary like. For example: you could have been given an assignment to design something. Depending on who gave you […]