How to impress an art director

It's unusual for designers to come to a unanimous decision on anything, but the issue of self-promotion seems to be one of those rare occasions where the message is clear: keep it simple, get the basics right first and don't be cocky. And if you must send speciality items, make sure they're both beautiful and relevant. Put simply, gimmicks don't work.

This advice seems to hold good across different media. Digital agencies are looking for creatives to demonstrate that they have smart ideas about how to use the web. In print what really counts is a demonstration of your love and understanding of the materials, the process and the aesthetic.

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