14 Design job interview Hacks to succeed with confidence

Take the term hacking as a positive idea.  You want to promote yourself, not “selling yourself”. Once again, be yourself. I will share with you some tips on how to be confident and how to better promote yourself at the interview day. I actually learned most of them when I studied business and marketing (before…

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9 Tips to Achieve Your Design Dream Interview

In the previous article, I talked about turning your portfolio into your best marketing weapon. I also brought up the idea that a portfolio is made firstly to be your business partner, and only secondly to be aesthetically pleasing. Though your portfolio also shows off your personality, its main objective is to get an interview…

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Sketching is not a hobby, it’s a passion |TIP73

Today, I felt like a kid in a toy shop at Tokyu Hands. It’s a Japanese store that sell all kind of house ware, cosmetics, traveller, decoration, and hundreds of cool “useless stuff”. They have just opened, and I discovered a huge corner for pens and notebook (30% of the whole shop was shelves filled…

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How to Make your Portfolio (a Marketing Weapon)

Some of you following the Design Sketchbook blog are getting exciting design job interviews in great companies! I wish you all the best of luck! When looking for an internship or a job, art, and design students tend to have a leg up compared to other, more “traditional” degrees (like, for instance, a business major…

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My first day and impressions of my Wacom Cintiq 22 HD Touch

This article is not a Wacom Cintiq 22 HD review trying to give a mark to the product. It’s just a share of my first impression and real experience with the digital tablet. You will see the plus and minus I met as a new Cintiq user who wondered for pretty long if I should…

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To improve your drawing fast, get inspired by others |TIP41

Thank you Adrien W. for telling me about Darren Quach. He’s an amazing concept artist. I found his Instagram account: dqsketches and his work really inspired me. I remember at school, with some classmates we already used to start drawing some robots. There is quite a while I didn’t do any and felt rusty. So,…

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Q: How do I know if a design school is good?

LASALLE – SINGAPORE First off, I’d recommend that you visit multiple schools and make sure you learn their general philosophy and approach to design. If their philosophy doesn’t jive with yours, cross the school off your list. Visit the next one. Try to avoid naïveté: double check your information about a school with multiple students…

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Q: I want to apply for a design school but I need a portfolio. How ?

How to Start a Portfolio Most schools will ask you for a portfolio in order to see some of your previous work. But not everyone has a chance to be well informed about the intricacies design school applications, and maybe you don’t even know what a portfolio is. A portfolio is a folder where you…

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The top 3 skills you need to get in a quality design school

Disclaimer: Some private school may try to impress you with the latest technologies and software while the school may be an empty shell of design knowledge. If you hesitate to join a design school like I did, and you do not dare to apply thinking you are too weak, let me help you. You don’t…

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I have been really bad at drawing since my childhood. How do I get started?

“Practice practice practice drawing” is overrated. It’s truly important, but that’s Not the only rule to success. Before that, you need Motivation and method, or you might end to Practice, practice, practice for a month without progressing fast. Practice as often as you can, but remember that you will need help to acquire skills. No…

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Taschen design books - Chairs and Design

Taschen Icons | Best design books for students

Let me recommend some art books that I personally enjoy: the products of the publishing company Taschen. Taschen publishing started in the eighties as the brainchild of an 18-year-old comic shop owner, Benedikt Taschen. Since then, Taschen has become a staple of art books. Its publications cover painting, sculpture, photography, and fashion alongside, of course,…

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Sketching with the Samsung Note Pro 12.2 | Digital Tablet Review

Chilin at the airport, I made a stop at the IT store. I saw the latest Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 inch digital tablet – with a sensitive pen pressure feature. It really looks promising.  Let’s have a closer look. Two birds one stone Why not sketching the 11th sketch at the IT shop testing…

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Learn how to draw smarter with Michelangelo!

“A man paints with his brains, not with his hands.”, Michaelangelo It’s often said that the artist Michelangelo was a genius. If his art is so impressive, it’s because he had an artistic approach that was, above all, scientific and pragmatic. To better learn how to draw, let’s see how was Michaelangelo creative process. Michelangelo…

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“Bad artists copy, good artists steal.”, Salvador Dali

A few days ago I was invited to the manga convention Manga Festival, which was hosted in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.* * I’m living here for two months. The convention wasn’t huge, but it attracted lots of passionate people, including cosplayers of the same excellent caliber as you’d find at Comiket in Japan or…

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