Today's Obsession: Belittling Labor

Guernica magazine has a fascinating (also, very long! Save to your Instapaper account and read later) article attempting to explain the current employment situation, starting with an intriguing mini-history of the role of the skilled craftsperson through the twentieth century. …

Today's Obsession: Billing

If you’ve read part one, you had the sense to not scream “I quit, you bastards!” and stomp out the door. If you read part two, you know how to take control of your environment. And yesterday, we talked about …

Today's Obsession: Planning

When you’re going out on your own, there is a lot of prep work you’ll need to have in place—another reason to not go flying out of employment, guns a-blazing. You need backup, you need a plan, and you need …

Today's Obsession: Establishing Control

When you move on from your last job to your first business, chaos will reign for a little while. Let it! You’ll need to become acclimated to being in charge.

Today's Obsession: How to Quit

Last week, the post on Ben Pieratt’s Tumblr advising designers to quit awful jobs generated some interest, and surprisingly only one negative comment. I figured that today, it would be good to start talking about exactly how one should go …

Today's Obsession: Quitting

Quit your job—you owe it to yourself and your work, says Ben Pieratt. I agree, wholeheartedly, but because I’ve been around the block long enough to see why quite a few designers don’t do well in corporations: the hours are …

Today's Obsession: Our Jobless Future

PopMatters has a fascinating look at the lack of job creation happening as our economy “recovers,” and what sort of economic structure this might point to if it continues. One model is Berlin, described as having less than forty percent …