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Creative Circus vs, Portfolio Center?

Dear Jancy: what are your thoughts about the Creative Circus and Portfolio Center for a prospective student in graphic design..I’ve visited both schools but still not sure where I should go. I liked the whole vibe and energy at CC but I think it might be a little more geared towards advertising. Do you think the design program at CC …

Art director or designer? Or both?

I studied Advertising & Communications at a Canadian college and left as a practicing art director. I ended up going overseas for some extra school for a year… by the time I got back I had delved into Graphic Design and worked at a couple places doing design. My book is now …

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 …

Can a designer become an AD without ad school?

I wanted to thank you for introducing me to the world of advertising with your book Pick Me. It is perhaps the most horrifying book I’ve read to date.
Currently, I’m a graphic designer working at a great design firm with a mentor who challenges me. Sounds great right? It does if you’re not …

Can a designer’s book land me an AD job?

I’m a recent graphic design grad, interested in becoming an AD. If you are interested in working for an ad agency does your portfolio work have to be strictly ads?
My portfolio isn’t specific to advertising, it has some logos, package design and some ads. I have plenty of ideas for ads and was wondering …

Illustrator wants to become graphic designer

I am 27 and already have a BFA in illustration. In the 5 years I have graduated I haven’t been able to make the ball get rolling on illustration jobs. I have been thinking of going back to school to get a second BFA in graphic design. I have friends who are working graphic …

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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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