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I worked at 4 different WeWork locations (London) in a year, I've to say their 'support/management team' is rubbish and it is way overpriced (but yeah they've the best interiors).
If you'll go for it, make sure you have a decent discount, especially if you're thinking to rent a shared room rather than a hot desk - most of their buildings are actually empty so they just do classic sales techniques with telling you 'there's a special discount this week but it ends tomorrow' and they're too busy and don't have any place for the next 2 months. I got a 30% discount for the first 6 months, and then because they failed to give me a key for 4 months, they offered 6 months free membership when I wanted to leave.
When it comes to networking, I guess it really depends on you. I'm not really the type of person who attends events just for the sake of meeting new people. But still, I managed to get 3 clients (all found me through the members' network) and made a lot more than what I actually paid. You can access to the network by paying 50$/month, which will also give you free access to any building once a month and you can pay 25$/day if you want any extra days - so you can try it out for the first months if you're not sure about it.
First of all, do it! Changing the country you live in will challenge you in every way, so unless you have a big responsibility (like taking care of your family), even if you'll fail, you can always go back and continue where you left off. But if you succeed, you'll see it'll be your best decision ever.
One of the best things about what we do is you don't necessarily need to know too much about the local market/customers/laws (imagine you were a copywriter or a lawyer). Assuming you'll have a work permit, if you're good at what you do, anyone would be willing to hire you - and from what I've seen in the UK in three years, even startups are eager to get your permit done.
Obviously, moving to a place where you know the language makes the most significant difference. I moved from Istanbul to London, by far the easiest option I had. I didn't need to learn a new language and people were extremely helpful when they realised I was new in the country.
My visa allows me to work only as a contractor, so I don't have too much experience with fulltime hiring, apart from what I heard from friends. However, what I know best is you'll have lots to discover about the daily and the professional life, so unless you have savings for 6-8 months, it's better to find at least one client to work remotely to stay a little busy, safe and calm. By the time I moved, I had two regular clients from the US, so I spent the first six months by enjoying a new culture, while I was also looking for London based clients without pushing myself too hard. In the beginning, I had interviews that I felt I had less knowledge than I thought, but in reality, it was just because I was in a different country and people do things in different ways. In less than a year, I met and worked with agencies that I always admired since I started designing.
On the other hand, when you'll choose your destination, don't put work-related stuff before your lifestyle. Some people miss their family& friends, some people complain about the cuisine and some can't get used to the weather etc. etc. When you'll enjoy your day, you'll eventually solve anything related to work.
White. Not only because it's easier to read but also it convinces me more to watch the video.
Trackpad :) I find touchpad time wasting, i'd rather have a mouse if my hand will leave the keyboard anyway. I guess I got used to it in time because the old magic mouse was disconnecting easily and I was getting frustrated. Now, sometimes I even forget about the mouse even if I have it next to my computer. Wrist hurt is a possible outcome obviously, but I'm quite comfortable, could be related to desk/chair height as well. The desk is 5-10 cm higher than my chair and I usually place my macbook on the edge of the desk with a small gap that I can put my wrist in a slightly diagonal way.
Actually I even played Counter-Strike once with the trackpad when I forgot to take my mouse with me, wasn't my best game but nothing is impossible :D
Mouse + external keyboard when I use a second screen. Otherwise, trackpad.
It's one of the best teams I worked with, sound like a cliche but a company that makes you learn something everyday. Not remote but flexible WFH days and unlimited holiday policy.
This. Exactly the same thing what I told to a friend who spent 2 days on a task after a very positive interview and got frustrated after he was rejected.
If you're a freelancer, it's a different thing - but if it's a fulltime position at a company you really want to work for, then it should be ok unless you spend more than a day or two. It's also good for the designer to see what kind of tasks you're going to deal with when you get the job. It's annoying to get rejected even if you deliver something good, but well, shit happens.
I personally try to give tasks that wouldn't take more than a day. Sometimes it turns out (especially with less experienced designers) the designer comes up with a better design than I expect compared to her/his portfolio and I immediately stop my search to hire her/him.
The important bit is to measure if the position/company is worth your effort. If it's the right company, they'll pay you back in experiences that are more valuable than 8 hours of your life.
"Scale down images to fit Artboard" At last.
I used raindrop for a while, then they increased the price in a nonsense way so i switched to eagle recently and it's the best tool i've used so far.
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