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I’m not naive to think that I am the only Graphic Designer blogging about ‘the industry’, but the whole reason behind writing my BA (Hon)est posts was that I hadn’t found anyone else posting the honest truth about what it’s like. I’m under no illusion that my posts are going to change the world/way things are run in the design industry, but I do hope (and through the feedback I’ve received it seems to be working) that I can help students and graduates to be aware and prepare.

One of the scariest things I’ve ever done is tell 100+ students that even though they’ve just spent 3 years pulling all nighters, slitting their fingers with scalpels and memorising fonts, not everyone in that room will be a Graphic Designer. I felt like a complete bitch but it had to be said and I hope they will thank me for it one day. I’ve not really found another designer and blogger with that kind of ballsy, honest approach… until now.

The other week Jo shared a link to a book that she thought I might enjoy. It was technically free to download (one of those where you can pay what you think it’s worth) so I had nothing to lose, pressed download and saved it onto my phone as a pdf. Up until this point I hadn’t read a book for… 2 years. It sounds bad I know, but I just feel like I don’t have time. I used to LOVE reading Time Out every week on the 1.5 hour bus journey from London Bridge to Walthamstow (when I was staying on Ben’s sofa), but now that I get the tube it’s always crowded and a lot quicker. I sometimes attempt to read Time Out crushed against a window, but usually I find myself thinking about my day/blog/world problems. This time is really important because it allows my mind to just wander whilst I’m staring into space, avoiding eye contact with other tube-goers, but I’ve seen loads of people reading books/kindles on the tube so I decided it was time to give it a go.

OH MY GOD – I had forgotten how much I love to read. I didn’t find it too hard either with it being a pdf on my phone, and it reminded me how much time I am probably ‘wasting’ on my daily journeys. The book is a collection of James Greig’s blog posts with very personal entries about realisations in his life, advice and food for thought. I felt such a connection to James – like he totally ‘got’ me. With every page I was hungry to learn more and soon I had finished the book within 6 tube journeys.

So what is so great about James’ writing?
It’s so honest. It’s all of the thoughts that have already been through my mind. It makes so much sense of confusing and difficult situations. It talks about a lot of things you can’t find on google. It’s reassuring. It’s about opening your mind and welcoming the possibility of changing your actions/attitude.

Here are a few of my favourite posts for a flavour of James’ writing:
Knowing when to quitThe unspoken D word (depression), Writing 30,000 words in 30 days and How to stop hating being a Graphic Designer

So now you’re addicted too, right? I 110% recommend that you download his ebook and I am going to go back and donate money because it’s worth every penny!

In other news, in January I bought Sophia Amoruso’s #Girlboss book as a gift to myself but hadn’t been able to read it for fear of wrecking it on the tube – turned page corners or a tatty looking front cover is like my worst nightmare. I’ve been pushing myself; now I’m halfway through and enjoying my tube journeys more than ever. Looks like books are the way forward #printsnotdead

Let me know if you download James’ book and what you think to it. Remember, sharing is caring. Hopefully one day I will be able to make all of my BA (Hon)est posts into an ebook, but looking at my list I’ve got quite a few to write before that can happen!


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