Author: RJ Haye

Three Tips for Communicating Effectively With Designers

Three Tips for Communicating Effectively With Designers

As a designer, one of the biggest challenges I have faced over the years has been communication. It can be difficult to work with someone when one or both of you cannot communicate effectively. Between freelancing, working as an in-house designer, and serving as a contracted “agency” for outside companies, I have been in numerous situations that have served as teaching moments. There are three things that I have found immensely helpful when one is striving to communicate better: asking questions, explaining why, and showing if you can’t tell. Utilizing these three methods can help things run smoothly, and keep both clients and designers happy.

Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Job Hunting

Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Job Hunting

Every one of us has been on both ends of the job hunting story: we’re either looking or know someone who is looking. And no doubt every one of us has received well-meaning advice from someone who hears we are looking. Every time I renew my job hunt (and tell people about it) I am on the receiving end of quite a bit of advice, tips, suggestions, and more. Some of it has been helpful in one way or another, but other commentary proved to just frustrate me further. So I decided to put together a list of five things you should avoid saying to someone who’s looking for a new job.

The Four Types of Critique

The Four Types of Critique

I have been at the receiving end of all four of these kinds of critiques, from the time I was a kid taking art classes after school and well throughout my career. I’ve also been on the delivering end of most of them. As a creative, critique is unavoidable, but one could argue it’s unavailable as a working adult in general. Learning about these four types of critiques can help more than just the creative person you happen to work with, and you’ll realize you likely criticize more than just a designer’s work. Read on for the four different types of critique and the best way to deliver a critique.

The Battle for Control Over the Office Thermostat

The Battle for Control Over the Office Thermostat

Most women I know that work in an office are cold. Office thermostats are often set to the high 60’s, and a lot of research points to this number being decided upon decades ago, when offices were full of men wearing suits all the time. Nowadays, with workforces mixed and dress codes more lax, office spaces are shared by men and women who are wearing less layers and lighter fabrics. And as some of the workforce ages, temperature needs vary greatly. The battle for control over the office thermostat rages on in offices… so what’s on to do?

Three [Different] Work From Home Tips

Three [Different] Work From Home Tips

With much of the world having transitioned to working remotely in March or April of 2020, there’s no shortage of blog posts with tips about working from home. Instead of repeating much of the advice that’s already out there, I figured I’d share some slightly different advice. Two of these are things I found helpful when I transitioned to working from home full time back in 2019. The last one is relevant to being a remote employee, but moreso right now, because I saw it a lot with more members of the workforce being pushed out of their offices and into their homes.

Going Business Casual on a Budget: How to Cheaply Make a Big Wardrobe Change

Going Business Casual on a Budget: How to Cheaply Make a Big Wardrobe Change

After hearing from a friend that her office was transitioning from ultra casual to business casual overnight, I sat down and put together some tips for making the wardrobe transition on a budget. This post looks at how to evaluate your closet, offers shopping tips, and lists ideas about where to shop for specific items. Finally, there’s a printout to track items you already have, your budget, and lists the do’s and don’ts for making the transition to business casual.

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