From Crosswords with Friends to the doozies in the “New York Times,” crossword puzzles are made by a band of freelance cruciverbalists whose constructions are founded on a deep-seated passion for the words we use—and strong opinions on the ones that are taboo.
The Olympics are a time for countries to show off their clout with superhuman feats, but there’s another display of dominance that happens off the field: branding. And for one country, the 2018 Winter Games have presented an unusually complex challenge. Let the design games begin.
From handling your contracts to managing your entire creative career, agents come in all shapes and sizes. Here's how some of the top working illustrators and agencies navigate the complicated world of art and commerce.
Being a stock photographer should theoretically work like a toll road. Build a highway once, put a gate in front of it, and then collect a toll for every use. But what do you do when the landscape shifts, when other roads are built around, or intersect with, your toll road? Rocked by new platforms and changing norms, stock photographers have had to adapt their businesses in the age of digital, crowdsourcing, and unlimited replication.
Every designer has a side project, but there’s a huge, yawning chasm between the vast empire of Swiss Miss and that Etsy shop you abandoned back in 2012. Meet a few designers turning their hobbies into full-blown businesses.
You know what they say: learn from the past or you’re doomed to repeat it. So, we’ve rounded up some of the most profound advice we're heard in recent memory to help us focus on what’s important and answer the question: Where does the best work that we can make start? With ourselves? With our collaborators? With a martini or two?