Ten Lessons for Young Designers by John C. Jay of Weiden+Kennedy

1: Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do.

2: Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort.

3: Get off the computer and connect with real people and culture. Life is visceral.

4: Constantly improve your craft. Make things with your hands. Innovation in thinking is not enough.

5: Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to learn just how much you don’t know.

6: Being original is still king, especially in this tech-driven, group-grope world.

7: Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them.

8: Instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them.

9: The Golden Rule actually works. Do good.

10: If all else fails, No. 2 is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.

Judith Erwes

BOOK: Imitation of Lives –
Photographs of weddings that never happened.

This project came about because of my fascination with old retro amateur snap shots.During research I found myself particularly drawn to old wedding photographs as they capture such an important time in a family’s history and are often their most referenced visual document.
The pictures from this series are an homage to old wedding photographs of the late 70s/early 80s.
Each image is completely staged and my personal interpretation and adaptation of those particular moments,every picture tells a different story with a strong focus on individual characters.
The book is available to order from DUKEPRESS