James Greig

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My latest writing on design, freelancing and making stuff happen.
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The benefits of (not) finding a mentor…

Reading this insanely long article on how to find a mentor, I felt bamboozled by the variety of possible ways to reach out to people. So instead, I decided to...

What do you want to *not* be afraid of?

“We’re in the richest, best educated, most spectacular moment in the history of the world and we’ve got nothing to be afraid of. There are no saber tooth tigers left....

Eike König on the importance of fun in design

Without a doubt, this was the most energising design talk I saw last year, courtesy of Berlin-based studio HORT and the creative conference 'Here' organised by creativity uber-blog It's Nice That.

How to have a year that matters

Let's cut the crap. Life is short, you have less time than you think, and there are no baby unicorns coming to save you. So rather than doling out craptastic...

How to write an opening sentence

If you over-think your article's headline, there's a danger you might forget the importance of what comes next — the opening sentence. (Note to self: you need to brush up on...

The opposite of a 4-hour workweek

In the past few weeks, work seems to have taken over, and the boundary between my professional and personal life has blurred to a mere smudge. Any freelance design projects...

Don’t make it perfect. Just make it, now.

The pursuit of perfection is an unnecessary 'designer' habit that I'm trying to unlearn.  I've found that asking "What's the fastest solution to this problem?" instead of "What's the best solution...