The Creative Job Market Exposed.

Image Craig Garner ( Via Unsplash )

Image Craig Garner ( Via Unsplash )

I was invited to speak by the
New York Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild,
at Pratt on Wednesday,
March 26th from 7 – 9pm.
It will be a panel discussion of Illustrators, Designers, Art Directors, Recruiters, and Artist Representatives.

Since 2010 my partner and I at JaegerSloan have been focused on keeping our company small, while delivering high quality work for a broad range of brands.  This has required healthy collaborations with other small companies and independent contractors. We bring in specialists to expand our capabilities and increase the volume of work that we can take on while keeping our overhead costs consistent.  Working this way gives us the freedom to turn down work that isn't appropriate, and invest in projects that we really want to support.  

At this panel discussion, we will be prepared to talk about:

  • How technology has transformed how we find, engage, and collaborate with talent.
  • How the market is changing for marketing, art direction, digital design, illustration, and technology.
  • How to identify and build relationships with the talent you need to make great work happen.



If you are a creative professional on the hiring or the talent side, and you are looking for the context to understand where things are going, this event is worth attending.


Pratt Institute/Manhattan  144 West 14th Street ( between 6th and 7th ) Rm 213   

Pratt Institute/Manhattan
144 West 14th Street ( between 6th and 7th )
Rm 213





Understand the Economy in 30 minutes. | How the Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio. The economy works like a simple machine. But many people don't understand it- or they don't agree on how it works - and this has led to a lot of needless economic suffering.

Andrew Brown shared this, and I think it's a great combination of diagrammatic narrative that truly explains what is going on.  Also found this from Scott Burns, an explanantion of wealth in america, and how distorted it has become.  

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. References:


Wealth Redistribution. It is commendable to hear about Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet giving a bunch of there money to charity to build educational and cultural resource.  It would also be great to see the Wealthiest American look towards a plan that would distribute  wealth, and agree to an appropriate tax plan.


If you make stuff, you should watch this.

You are directly responsible for what you put into the world. Yet every day designers all over the world work on projects without giving any thought or consideration to the impact that work has on the world around them. This needs to change.

Mike Monteiro gives a great talk on responsible design practices, and what we are all doing wrong.


It has become much easier over the past few years to watch TED talks.  Even easier to access stuff from a few years ago. I recently re-watched and was captivated by the very simple talk given by Derk Silvers. The dynamics of creating a movement simplified.

  1. Leaders:  The importance of nurturing your first few followers as equals, so it is clearly about the movement, not you.
  2. Leadership is over glorified.  The first follower transforms the lone nut, into a leader. Don't be afraid to join someone.
  3. Have the courage to follow a lone nut. If you find someone doing something great don't be afraid to follow them and start a movement.