As a designer, I sometimes have an internal struggle with wanting to save the world and making things look pretty and I think that a lot of creatives also share this struggle. Can we afford to do the things we love if they don’t pay the bills?

“The general perception I have is that design can function in culture and has a social role that cannot be only about selling goods”
– Milton Glaser.

The above Milton Glaser quote set the scene for the Make Trouble: Design for Chance talk that was held bright and early on May 29th as part of Vivid. With a lineup of four speakers from various design disciplines; Tim Buesing of Reactive, Murray Bunton of Agency, Kelsey Schwenk of Studio Thick and Vince Frost of Frost the morning shaped up to be one of inspiration and good fuzzy feelings.

Each speaker talked about how they approached trying to find this balance, from measuring in terms of a purpose based outcome, to finding things that make you tick. There needs to be a better balance between working on projects that you are actively making for a positive change, even if that might be injecting empathy into your current workplace through suggestions.

“You need to help people be the best they can be. Do an exchange, focus on what you are good at, and get something back in return”
– Vince Frost


A comment that really stuck with me is that you need to select the right people to work with. When this happens, there is a more likely chance of there being positive collaboration happening between the team and this leads to change. Being a young creative or designer, we are often tempted to jump into whatever job we can get, especially straight after university when we’re feeling a little disheartened at our lack of job prospects. To this I say, wait. Wait for the right opportunity, move back in with your parents (if you can), and take up a shitty part time job while you search and apply for jobs that align with your interests. Even if you think you’ve found the perfect job by description, take into consideration that the person interviewing you is going to be your boss; you want to spend time with someone that considers things the way you do.

“People become disillusioned; instead of saying ‘do good’, show them how much they’ve done good”
– Kelsey Schweck