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Making the switch from design to art direction

So I went to school for Graphic Design & Advertising, and halfway through the class branched into either Ad or design. At the time I thought it would be a good idea to focus on my weakness which was graphic design. I took that path, graduating with a design portfolio which …

My CD likes my work… too bad I don’t.

I’ve been working for a network agency for about 1.5 years as a junior copywriter. I really work hard. My director is happy with my performance. We make very good presentations, the client loves our ideas, but unfortunately he is not willing to put them into life. This happened so many times! …

Art director interview dress code

This is probably a no brainer but I can’t seem to find a definite answer. What is the proper attire for an interview as an art director? Full suit an tie seems stuffy and not stylish. I know some say that you should always wear a 3 piece but I would think something more …

Getting back in the game as a freelancer

I’m a NYC copywriter with 15 years agency experience at creative shops. Won a few awards, did really well. But then I left for a few years to have kids. Now I want to get back in the game as a freelancer and I feel like I’m starting over again. Aside from contacting old …

Landing an internship with a so-so portfolio

I am in my second year of a three year diploma in Graphic Design. I am feeling the pull towards advertising but my portfolio needs work.
I am working on strengthening my portfolio, although I am more of an ideas person. Is there any way that I can get into an intern position sooner rather …

Can a junior turn down projects on moral grounds?

Is it possible, particularly for a junior, to avoid projects that one would have a moral objection to doing? By this I mean cigarette ads, political PSA’s that you disagree with, or a political group whose ideology you’re opposed to.
What does one do in these situations? Try to weasel out, flat-out refuse, …


About Jancy

'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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