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Look how pretty!! And this one totally rings true for me! Haha #design #typography #nightowl #dailydishonesty

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Omgosh, received my copy of Daily Dishonesty the book today and feeling like the happiest little #typography nerd ever! It’s just so pretty! #design

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25 eBook Design Mistakes You May Not Realize You’re Making

So excited to post my first ever article for Artful Publications: 25 eBook Design Mistakes You May Not Realize You’re Making http://www.artfulpublications.com/ebook-design-mistakes/

I hope you like it, and would love to hear comments and thoughts!!

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Early morning breakfast in Gawler, and I spot this lovely lettered menu! #lettering

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lessonsofayoungdesigner:

"Create your own success."

Lessons of a Young Designer: Sixty Seven.

Nobody’s success story ever began with, “I sat around and then I was offered this amazing opportunity.” Everybody’s success story begins with hard work, perseverance, and bucket loads of passion.

Put yourself out there. Start a side project. Blog. Draw. Photograph. Tweet. Just get out there and begin creating your own success, and it will feel that much better once you’ve earnt it.

http://www.jessmatthewsdesign.com

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This analogy is so brilliant, I had to take a screenie! Hahaha #designerproblems #hilarious

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Random Words of Kindness #9: You are the Bees Knees [WIP]

This is the nineth #randomwordsofkindness print in it’s WIP stage. I’ve had this one rolling around in my head for awhile now, so glad to get it out on paper!

If you’d like to be the lucky owner of the finished print simply like or reblog this post!

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Sneak peak first draft progress shot. #typography #design #lettering #handlettering

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lessonsofayoungdesigner:

"Realise your worth."

Lessons of a Young Designer: Sixty Six.

You’ve absolutely got to realise and believe in your worth; your skillset, your thought processes and your abilities. If you can’t see your own worth, how can you expect others to?

http://www.jessmatthewsdesign.com

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Random Words of Kindness: Official NEW Blog!!

I have now officially expanded #randomwordsofkindness onto it’s own blog - you can follow it here!

I’ve been reblogging the past work I’ve done for it, and will keep adding to it over the weekend. This is the final header design based on this WIP sketch. What do you think? Are you excited by this side project?

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New Years Eve poster WIP

A very rough first draft sketch of the masthead for a Wild Wild West themed NYE party! Definitely needs some tidying up, but I’m happy with its initial direction.

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Sneak peak screen grab of a poster I’m working on! If you have any thoughts so far, I’d love to hear them?

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My daily mantra. Keep working hard and the results will show! #workhard #life #optimism #strength

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Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.” - David Craib This is one of my favourite design-related quotes, because I feel like it completely encapsulates the role of a designer. It’s easy to notice bad design because you are so distracted by the hideousness of it. However, great design isn’t always noticeable because it is doing exactly what it needs to do; allowing the user to understand/interact with/interpret the message.
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Advice for Designer’s Who Were Terminated

A lovely person asked via facebook: “Do you have any advice for designers who were terminated?

I tried to answer as best I could: Oh goodness, that’s a tough one! That really sucks! I guess it’s really the standard advice everyone gives; you’ve got to move on and realise it wasn’t working for one reason or another, and understand it’s not necessarily a personal thing. I think one of the hardest things about our profession is how subjective it is - there is hardly ever a wrong or right answer; it’s all very much what people like, which can prove tricky.

I’ve been in a shitty situation where I was fired by a client, and unfortunately it comes with the territory. As much as it sucks, especially when you’re young and starting out, you really do need to realise that it can be a blessing in disguise. You don’t ever want to work with someone who doesn’t want to work with you, so try to see the silver lining here, as hard as it can be.

Keep your head high, trust in yourself and your talent, and believe something better is around the corner. Keep working hard and being kind to people and I believe it will all work itself out eventually. Also, if you can keep your design mind sharp with side projects and small design-related tasks, it will enable you to continue working on your craft, and is always something great which future employers will love to see.

Hopefully that helps you out a little bit :)

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