Tips for developing your creative career from 99U

Kelsey Bryant

Our friends over at 99U talk a lot about career development. Whether you’re fresh to the design field or have decades of experience, it’s always a great idea to keep pushing yourself. This month, we’ve rounded up six articles that tackle the challenges of taking your career to the next level. Enjoy!


The power of taking reading breaks

Taking a moment to read at the beginning of the day or on a break during your workflow can really recharge your brain, juicing your mental pathways with fresh inspiration. (read more)

The 4 phases of developing your creative voice

We all have heroes of our chosen craft. These are people we deeply admire, because their work moves us, and challenges us to be better at our own. However, it’s tempting to fall prey to the notion that these remarkable few people emerged from the womb ready and able to produce brilliance. (read more)

The Career Compass: 10 essential ideas for navigating the new career landscape

The trajectory of our careers is one of the great manifestations and reflections of our inner potential, desires, and talents. Our work history can read like the chapters of a book: Each page tells a story about our struggles, moments of luck, growth and change. (read more)


Marginalia, the anti-library, and other ways to master the lost art of reading

Warren Buffett is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest investors of all times. But Buffett’s very best investment—responsible for literally billions of dollars in profits over the years—was very cheap. Because it was a book. That’s right, a book. (read more)

A Troublemaker’s Manifesto: The benefits of wandering

Psychologists are now seriously discussing extending the start of “adulthood” to 25. This is because, to them, young people are taking a while to “get started,” or to begin checking all of the boxes that used to define adulthood. To this I say: good. (read more)

Talent Is Persistence: What it takes to be an independent creative

The current states of both the music and film industries have taught us to think about the economics of creativity differently. The smartest independent creatives aren’t the ones that sit alone, polishing off the perfect finished product. The smart ones release their work early and often, building a community of supporters who pay not for the art itself, but for its byproduct. (read more)

That’s all for this month! Enjoy!

The author

Kelsey Bryant
Kelsey Bryant

Kelsey is 99designs' Designer Marketing Manager. Born and raised in a small town in Connecticut, she moved to San Francisco in 2009 with a degree in Strategic Communications from Elon University. When she’s not working with the designer community, you can find her exploring the city, taking weekend road trips, and soaking up that California sunshine.

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