Welcome to “The First Five Years” where Mitch Goldstein, a professor of design at Rochester Institute of Technology, answers reader questions related to the uncharted waters of beginning a career. This month, Mitch answers a question about networking tactics.
Welcome to our new column that explores the one element that almost every career decision is affected by—Risk with a capital “R.” In this second installment, Good F***ing Design Advice co-founder Brian Buirge reflects on that time he decided to put the F-word in the company name and what it means today.
James Freeman started Blue Bottle Coffee as a side hustle and the company has grown from a single espresso cart to 40 locations around the world today. In this interview, he discusses how he used negative space to create a signature design aesthetic, how Blue Bottle carved out its own space in a crowded industry, and how his previous career as a musician influenced his approach to business.