Alternative Networking

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Why do most of us love to meet new people… but hate going to networking events? I spent some time pondering on that. My thoughts resulted in a new personal network-strategy. One that is a bit of an experiment… so please let me know what you think:).

I’m not a shy person and I love to have a good discussion about any given topic, but I still feel aversion when I’m entering the networking-arena. Probably the main reason why I don’t like networking is because I feel ranked all the time (often the first questions people ask are; what is your name, and what do you do, right?). I created a set of 3 new business cards that help me fight ‘ranking’ and ‘being ranked’ in networking-situations.

  • The cards are a bit mysterious to keep the conversation open:). Yes, I’m a graphic designer and I’m proud to be one, but I also like to discuss politics, have a big interest in education, and do a bit of journalism on the side. Instead of talking about favorite fonts for the 10.000th time, I would love to discuss other interesting topics.
  • At the same time I want to listen. Not to people who are full of themselves and only have boring success stories, but I would love to come alongside people and hear about their passions, struggles. Connect or inspire them. The cards have quotes that hopefully communicate that I’m a ‘safe’ person to open up to. But also show my own vulnerability in that area. And… the set can inspire others to be truly good networkers too: great people to talk to and ask advice from, for me:).

Winter Picnic Pants

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Friends… this is probably the most literal example of functional fashion design i’ve seen in ages. I’m not sure if I would ever wear these Picnic pants (designed by Italian company Acquacalda) but I just couldn’t help loving the stretchy, washable fabric that spreads out, when you sit cross-legged. And isn’t that drink-holder on the right side, totally fascinating in itself?

Hmmm… I’m having second thoughts, those pants would be super comfy for my ‘Home Alone’ TV-dinners when Willem is out of town… private winter-picnics:).

Secret Lives of Milk

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Information is beautiful! This infographic is a great example of that notion. And even the title of this nice piece of work is intriguing: ‘the secret lives of milk’ (done by Seattle based designer Rachel Glaves).  Apart from that the whole illustration made me crave for cheese friends,  I just can’t ignore my Dutch roots;-).