Over the last year or so I’ve been trying to figure out what to say to best serve the people who I have reached. Somehow, through various projects I have built quite a solid list of people to launch this newsletter to. But in the time growing the lost, I’ve learnt that writing to an audience is very difficult. Working out how you can relate to someone, or make them care, is super hard.
Long story short: For a while now, I’ve wanted to work on and improve my speaking ability. As a result, I’ve launched a new short-form podcast called Five Minutes - There will be new episodes at least once a week, but maybe more - so subscribe to always know when one goes live. Now onto that longer story, one told for if you are considering starting a podcast of your own...
As I launch the latest version of my personal website, I share an update. I thought that since I imported a bunch of old content to this new website, it only made sense I give some context and provide a status check what’s happening, what’s been going on, and what’s coming up.
The 2010s have been a complete fucking mess. Scandal after leak after scandal aft… It has been absolutely endless. And it’s had a profound effect on the way a large number of people not just think about, but also behave on the internet. Because of the endless tsunami of shit, everyone has had to deal with over the last decade or so online, the implicit trust that once existed has disappeared. So it only makes sense that a core value of design that was laid to the side briefly can be seen re-emerging — A focus on the humans behind the screen, their fears and wants, and then working out how to provide value to them.
One of the most common questions I’m asked is: “Jamie, how do I work for myself like you do?” I hear things like “I just don’t know how to get started” at least once or twice a month from some next person, and if I’m honest, I’m tired. Because I’m tired, I’m going to go ahead write a quick guide to help alleviate the problem and have somewhere to point people when they ask. It’s gonna be a great time saver.
We live in a very, very noisy world. It’s easier than ever to reach people all over the globe and show them the things we make. There’s a problem though. You aren’t making enough, if any, of that noise.
I’ve spent a large amount of my adult life with depression and anxiety.It sucks.In the last few months, things have improved dramatically.Not through therapy or medication, but through focusing on who I am and looking at things in my life with greater perspective.
If you’d asked me a year ago about how I felt about going back to work in an office, I’d have honestly told you that you were an idiot for asking such a ludicrous thing.However, it turns out, hypothetical you may have been on to something.
Last month I decided I needed a change. I’d grown too comfortable, too lazy and had become disillusioned with living in Manchester, where I’ve spent the last 4 or so years of my life. I’d chosen to move somewhere now, and continue to travel around until I found a new place to call home.Once I was sure of my decision, (and had ran it by anyone who would listen to make sure I hadn’t gone all the way insane) I set about about the most mentally and physically exhausting month of my life.
I, like many others, work remotely from home. I’ve personally always preferred it as office lights give me a headache and I like the freedom of being able to walk around more without disrupting other people or looking like a maniac.I’ve learnt a few things whilst doing so that have helped me be more productive and effective in my work. Because if you’ve ever worked from home you know how easy it can be to distract yourself without the pressure of being surrounded by bosses or your clients.
There’s one thing that all freelancers need, and it’s not a fancy website, Dribbble profile, Twitter account, or addiction to coffee: it’s clients. Without clients, you’re without money and have to consider returning to full time employment. I’m guessing you left for that freedom, and no one wants to give up their freedom.