Gems from December’s Lunch with Legend Eric Madsen December 29, 2013
Eric Madsen—designer, artist, illustrator, calligrapher, AIGA leader, and mentor extraordinaire—invited guests to submit, in advance, their top design career-related questions for his consideration. He then inspired us with his responses, drawn from both an experiential and metaphorical perspective, during the December 12 lunchtime discussion at International Market Square.
- What are the most marketable attributes for a job-seeking designer?
- What have been your greatest professional challenges?
- What is the best advice you have received in your career?
- What are the most important decisions you’ve made as a design practitioner?
- What type of work are you doing today?
Eric’s answers ranged from Scandinavian debate team tactics to one of his favorite sayings from Buddha, as well as his twice-yearly practice of making “The List” and the daily pursuit of his three muses.
In closing, Eric gave each of us a boxed set of his printed notecards, which feature his detailed tribute in graphite and watercolor to his late father-in-law Carlyle’s collection of old tools.
And that favorite saying from Buddha? “Your work is to discover your work, and then, with all your heart, give yourself to it.”