This is episode one of a series of edited conversations between David Karlins and working communication designers on the theme of making the transition from being a student to becoming a working professional. The conversations explore the challenges of making that transition, the insights of people who have made that transition decades, years, or even months ago, and observations of the relationship between one’s passions and talents, making a living, and changing the world.

In this installment, David speaks with Brian LaRossa, an art director at Scholastic Inc., the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world. Brian…


This is episode four of a series of edited conversations between David Karlins and accomplished communication designers on the theme of making the transition from being a student to becoming a working professional. The conversations explore the challenges of making that transition, the insights of people who have made that transition decades, years, or even months ago, and observations of the relationship between one’s passions and talents, making a living, and changing the world.

In this installment, David speaks with Sohee Cho, a junior art director at RAPP, a global advertising agency. She has worked in product design at Organic…


This is episode five of a series of edited conversations between David Karlins and accomplished communication designers on the theme of making the transition from being a student to becoming a working professional. The conversations explore the challenges of making that transition, the insights of people who have made that transition decades, years, or even months ago, and observations of the relationship between one’s passions and talents, making a living, and changing the world.

In this installment, David speaks with Yana Barysheva, a UX and product designer by trade. She is also the co-founder of Kurochka Gifts, a company that…


This is episode three of a series of edited conversations between David Karlins and accomplished communication designers on the theme of making the transition from being a student to becoming a working professional. The conversations explore the challenges of making that transition, the insights of people who have made that transition decades, years, or even months ago, and observations of the relationship between one’s passions and talents, making a living, and changing the world.

In this installment, David speaks with Leta Sobierajski, who co-runs the Brooklyn-based design studio, Wade and Leta. She has worked as an independent designer with clients…


Great article! It reminded me of a story from one of my former design professors. One of his students had to design for a client who wanted a calendar app to track menstruation cycles. He initially went with the color red for the app's UI, but almost all of his test users disliked the color. He thought it made sense, but his users didn't perceive the color red as appropriate for the app. I believe he was a little too focused on the app's usage, and not enough on his users' preferences and potential reactions. This article brings up good points on what to consider when picking colors for branding.


This is episode two of a series of edited conversations between David Karlins and accomplished communication designers on the theme of making the transition from being a student to becoming a working professional. The conversations explore the challenges of making that transition, the insights of people who have made that transition decades, years, or even months ago, and observations of the relationship between one’s passions and talents, making a living, and changing the world.

In this installment, David speaks with Gus Granger, partner at VSA Partners, a global creative brand agency. Gus has worked with companies such as GE, Dell…


David Karlins analyzes, writes about, teaches, and implements new developments in digital communication culture, design, and technology. His latest book is Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies. I’ve used the book, and I had a chance to sit down for an afternoon with Professor Karlins to ask him about how Illustrator fits into the world of digital design, and how he approaches teaching Illustrator. I’m sharing the interview in four episodes.

Last time, we talked about the collaboration process behind his book, as well as the psychology of dealing with client feedback as a designer. …


David Karlins explaining an infographic from his latest book: “Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies”.

David Karlins analyzes, writes about, teaches, and implements new developments in digital communication culture, design, and technology. His latest book is Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies. I’ve used the book, and I had a chance to sit down for an afternoon with Professor Karlins to ask him about how Illustrator fits into the world of digital design, and how he approaches teaching Illustrator. I’m sharing the interview in four episodes.

Last time, we talked about his process for learning Illustrator, as well as the clash between how-to print guides and online tutorials. …


David Karlins explaining an infographic from his latest book: “Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies”.

David Karlins analyzes, writes about, teaches, and implements new developments in digital communication culture, design, and technology. His latest book is Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies. I’ve used the book, and I had a chance to sit down for an afternoon with Professor Karlins to ask him about how Illustrator fits into the world of digital design, and how he approaches teaching Illustrator. I’m sharing the interview in four episodes.

Last time, we talked about what separates artists from designers, and Illustrator’s role in fine art. …


David Karlins explaining an infographic from his latest book: “Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies”.

David Karlins analyzes, writes about, teaches, and implements new developments in digital communication culture, design, and technology. His latest book is Adobe Illustrator CC For Dummies. I’ve used the book, and I had a chance to sit down for an afternoon with Professor Karlins to ask him about how Illustrator fits into the world of digital design, and how he approaches teaching Illustrator. I’m sharing the interview in four episodes.

So you’re an experienced designer and have worked with a bunch of clients to design websites and illustrate graphics for them. You teach, currently, at New York University and in…

Han Chen

Graphic and web designer. Freelance writer. Loves technology, reading, and building things.

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