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. It’s written through kind of a Marxist lens, so it takes the stance that...

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 getting your basic plan and structure together. Today, the good stuff: making money.

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 a formal structure.

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 about beginning to work on their own. We’ll begin with the actual “I quit”...

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 dronelike, most folks around you are administrative in nature and therefore see creative solutions...

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 employment, but also not being a center for poverty, because there simply is not...