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What are the differences between a copywriter and an art director?

Hi, I’m currently a student in the advertising design department of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I’m unsure of whether or not I would be more suited to be a copywriter or an art director. I was wondering if you could outline some of the major differences between the two; because I realize that much of their …

I can’t afford to work an unpaid internship. What do I do?

Here’s my situation.
I returned to school three years after graduating in an industry that really isn’t looking too sweet. I took a few Art Direction courses that would help me figure out what my book should look like. After the book was “done” , I approached only a handful of CDs and I got some good comments on how to …

Two CDs, two differing opinions —who should I listen to?

Just a simple (or not so simple) question. With the help of two local CDs and an Art Director I’ve been re-vamping my book and to my amazement, the new one and the old one are like night and day. But here is the question…
When showing material to these guys prior to printing and putting them into my book, I …

Should I hold out for a “good” agency, or start my career at a “hack” one?

I am just out of school and don’t want to take a job doing crappy work at a hack shop. If I stay there a year or two my book will be full of garbage and I won’t have anything to show for my time there. So my question is, should I hold out for a good job outta school …

Advertising or graphic design? Which career should I choose?

I discovered IHAVEANIDEA about a year and a half ago and I adore the site. I have been studying for the past two years for my diploma in fine arts and I am now a first year design student at OCAD. It was actually this site that helped me decided to attend OCAD. I am registered to major in advertising …

Do I need ad school to be a copywriter?

Hats off to you both for your time and effort responding to so many questions.
I am in my 30′s, looking to switch careers, and enter the creative field as a copywriter. I’m very passionate about advertising and copywriting, and I am working hard on spec ads for my portfolio.
I haven’t attended any classes, but I have read a lot of …


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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