Yes, yes, and yes. Enjoyed this point especially:
I’ve seen people strain their health, relationships and family lives for what? So a deodorant can get more brand awareness? So that we can meet the unrealistic deadline you promised whilst trying to win a pitch? Or so a client can get dozens of mockups before they go on holiday?
Your life is mort important than any fucking brand. In my experience, saying 'no' actually tends to open more doors than it closes.
A thousand times this.
Right on the money.
Thanks for posting @ Billy!
The best part of the whole thing was some of the comments on original post, direct link below
Sounds like he working in a real horrible agency :(
Recommended to read
“Nobody ever got fired for turning down something risky.”
—Murat gets to the heart of why agencies don't work. http://signaltower.co/murat-mutlu/
A friend of mine interviewed Murat on his podcast after this article was released.
Listen to it here:
Beautifully written and exactly on point! If more designers and creatives could express these issues as eloquently as the writer there would be a much greater chance of change in the industry.
Well written! I left this world two years ago without regrets! I've been encouraging all my friends to do the same.
Yeah remember this from last year - cracking post. And good job on Marvell @murat !
As someone who just left an agency for a startup, I read the article and just saw all the boxes in my head getting checked off.
The comment thread on that article is KILLLLLLER
This post hits my entire agency experience. So glad this industry has undergone another revolution so I'm not financially dependent on that world anymore.
In the same vein, I knew it was time to leave when I directly billed over $750k in a year at an agency and made a ridiculously small percentage of that.
This is exactly how I feel. We now have so many different paths and options that there's no point in working for a soul-sucking dead-end agency.
Find somewhere that you can feel creatively satisfied and don't compromise.
In all of my years of experience, this hits the nail on the head.
Such kudos to the piece itself - a great read, supported by well found quotes and some very clever cartoons.
It's spot on in many respects, but there was a bit that annoyed me - the portfolio bit.
Yes a lot of my work is client style led, but within that you still get the opportunity to push yourself, or to be proud of work. It's not easy, but if you force yourself to update your portfolio regularly you'll be in a frame of mind which is more geared towards producing portfolio quality work.
But yeah, great piece. Worth forwarding to the powers-that-be..?