Logo Designer Interviews: Jacob Cass

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Logo Designer Interviews: Jacob Cass

Continuing our series of logo designer interviews, this week I was fortunate enough to interview fellow Aussie designer, blogger and web entrepreneur, Jacob Cass. Most of you may already know Jacob from his highly popular blogs, Just Creative Design and Logo of the Day.

Since moving from Australia to the U.S. in January, Jacob has worked for NYC-based new media marketing agency, Carrot Creative, and has recently joined, The Wonder Factory.

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Now, on the the interview.

Hi Jacob, first of all thank you for agreeing to this interview. Let’s get started. You seemed to adjust to life in New York quite quickly. What was the initial move from Australia to New York like and how did you manage your business and blog during the transition?

Before settling down in New York I actually went travelling for a few months across the USA, consisting of a rather long road trip from LA to NYC across 22 states. This me got quite accustomed to the American culture so settling into NYC was no problem. During this time on vacation I put my blogs on hold and checked & moderated them about once a week. Once I had settled down into my new (sublet) apartment, all I really needed was my laptop and an internet connection and I was back to work! Luckily the place I moved into already had this all set up with furniture, etc. so it was an easy transition. I also just recently signed a new lease for an apartment of my own and tomorrow will be heading to IKEA to deck out my new crib! Quite excited about that.

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What was the overall experience of working at Carrot Creative like? How did you go about balancing your full-time job, blog, and freelancing?

The overall experience was top notch… great people, great work & very fun! As for the balancing act, I did a lot of freelance + blog work on weeknights (mainly Mon,Tues, Wed nights) which left the weekends more open… but there were a few weekends that I had to work, I generally try not to though.

I also keep things very simple, no calendars, just a simple to do list using Gmail’s Tasks function. I find that I get things done this way. I’ve now got a girlfriend (as of 2 months) and have just bought Starcraft II so I can see my freelancing & blogging backing off a bit over the next few months but I’ll still be doing it of course, I really enjoy it.

Your split with Carrot Creative seemed quite sudden. Can you give us a bit more insight into what exactly happened?

Although I wish that I could share, I simply can’t due to NDA’s. I can, however, say that I did leave on good terms and I am still in close contact with all those at the company. Never burn your bridges.

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The 2 weeks between you leaving Carrot Creative and finally securing a new position at The Wonder Factory, must have been a tough time for you. How did you cope with the prospect of possibly having to suddenly move back home to Australia?

It was certainly stressful, however, I had a lot of support from many places… my family, friends, girlfriend and of course my online network who were all extremely helpful. I knew that I wasn’t going to go home, since in theory, I could have left the country temporarily and then come back as a tourist and stayed for a few more months. That was a short relief but technically you’re not allowed to look for a job while on a Tourist Visa so that could have caused implications later down the track. With this in the back of my mind and the looming costs of doing so, I set my goal to find a new place within 2 weeks. I think this helped quite a bit.

What was your plan B, in-case you had to return home?

As touched on above, I could have left the country and come back as a tourist however there were many other options to consider such as going travelling, going back home or moving to another State (had 2 job offers in other states). After much deliberation I decided to stay in NYC, I love it here.

Sidenote: Be sure to read Jacob’s post on design agency job hunting tips, where he shared an insight into how he secured his new position at The Wonder Factory.

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You have been very effective at using social media as a tool for self-promotion. What tips do you have for becoming more effective at using social media?

There are many ways to approach social media, and not one strategy is going to work for all. I think each person should figure out what they want to achieve and then research how to get there. How I personally approach it is by providing links, resources & tid-bits of information that helps others. I also try to get a bit more personal, so people get to know me better rather than just being another avatar.

Sidenote: Here you can follow Jacob on Twitter or ‘like’ the Just Creative Design Facebook page.

I remember you mentioned a few months ago that you where working on a redesign for the Just Creative Design blog. What can we expect from the redesign?

There was actually going to be a redesign in February this year (which seems like forever ago) but it just never got completed. I wasn’t completely happy with it and I wanted the new redesign to be perfect so until it is, I have to sit with what I have now. It’s 3 years old and I don’t think it’s a good representation of my current skill set… but it does work.

As for the redesign, there is definitely going to be more white space & a stronger emphasis on typography, possibly with a 2 column layout.

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Many graphic designers struggle with logo and identity design. What elements do you think makes a designer, a good logo designer?

The word ‘good’ is very subjective, especially since there are so many elements to take into account, however, for the sake of the question, I think a good logo designer is one that can actually solve a client’s problems in a unique & memorable way, rather than just come up with a pretty logo. To do this, a thorough understanding of the differences between branding, identity and logo design and the principles that make up each, must be understood. I don’t believe this is a simple process of reading but rather something that has to be learned through experience. Experience is definitely a key element of a ‘good’ designer.

What is the best advice you have for aspiring logo designers?

Do the research, study the basics, read books & case studies, keep practicing, get involved within the community, get feedback on your designs, keep active… and then repeat. Wax on, wax off.

Finally, where do you see yourself and the Just Creative Design brand in 5 years from now?

Good question!

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Big thanks to Jacob for being so generous with his time and participating in this interview.

Logo Designer Interviews is an ongoing series here on the Logobird blog. We have more exciting interviews coming up that you wont want to miss. To stay up to date please subscribe to our RSS feed and follow us on Twitter.

Logo images from Jacob’s portfolio.

  • http://www.littleboxofideas.com Sneh Roy

    Great Interview as always Jacob! Thanks for that Duane :) and so good to see some of your newest work here!

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Hey Sneh, always nice to get a comment from you. You can always depend on Jacob to give top notch responses.

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  • http://www.gmsuchy.com Gerry Suchy

    Duane,

    Great interview Duane. Love Jacob’s definition of “good.” Looking forward to more in the interview series.

    Gerry

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Hi Gerry, I agree.

      “The word ‘good’ is very subjective, especially since there are so many elements to take into account, however, for the sake of the question, I think a good logo designer is one that can actually solve a client’s problems in a unique & memorable way, rather than just come up with a pretty logo.” – Jacob Cass

      Outstanding definition.

  • http://bonfx.com Douglas Bonneville

    Duane: You missed your calling. You should be doing hard line TV interview talk shows! You go right for the jugular :)

    I like the very personal line of questions – that’s very different for these kinds of interviews. I’m glad you didn’t ask Jacob to explain why he likes serifed fonts or something else impractically abstract.

    Instead, you got some great advice. For instance, not being just another “avatar” is very important. Designers with personality are infinitely more fun and engaging to follow and learn from.

    Good stuff. Can’t wait to see more interviews!

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      I don’t mess around Doug 😉
      I agree one of the things that makes Jacob so engaging is that he lets his personality shine through.
      Also, he simply just didn’t go through the motions in answering my questions, but really took the time to add value. That is surely part of the reason he has had so much success.

  • http://bonfx.com Douglas Bonneville

    Duane: You missed your calling. You should be doing hard line TV interview talk shows! You go right for the jugular :)

    I like the very personal line of questions – that’s very different for these kinds of interviews. I’m glad you didn’t ask Jacob to explain why he likes serifed fonts or something else impractically abstract.

    Instead, you got some great advice. For instance, not being just another “avatar” is very important. Designers with personality are infinitely more fun and engaging to follow and learn from.

    Good stuff. Can’t wait to see more interviews!

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      I don’t mess around Doug 😉
      I agree one of the things that makes Jacob so engaging is that he lets his personality shine through.
      Also, he simply just didn’t go through the motions in answering my questions, but really took the time to add value. That is surely part of the reason he has had so much success.

  • http://www.carlosyabar.com Carlos

    Great interview, thanks to both of you guys!

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Glad you enjoyed it Carlos.

  • http://www.carlosyabar.com Carlos

    Great interview, thanks to both of you guys!

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Glad you enjoyed it Carlos.

  • http://www.kaigadesign.com Craig Scott

    It’s always interesting to get an insight into the mind of well known designers like Jacob. It would be good to read a longer interview sometime.

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Hi Craig, thanks for the feedback. Will definitely try a longer interview format next time.

  • http://www.kaigadesign.com Craig Scott

    It’s always interesting to get an insight into the mind of well known designers like Jacob. It would be good to read a longer interview sometime.

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Hi Craig, thanks for the feedback. Will definitely try a longer interview format next time.

  • http://ibrandstudio.com Eko

    Nice interview, especially about Jacob definition on ‘good’ designer and his advices.
    Thanks…

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Cheers Eko!

      • http://justcreativedesign.com Jacob Cass

        Thank you once again for the interview and glad others enjoyed it as well. I’ll be waiting for the longer one!

  • http://ibrandstudio.com Eko

    Nice interview, especially about Jacob definition on ‘good’ designer and his advices.
    Thanks…

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Cheers Eko!

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  • http://www.brandsimplicity.com.au Fabian

    Great interview guys! Love the straight up toned to it,us Aussie’s are know for that…our poleys…that’s a different story:)Looking forward to reading the next hard hitting interview.

    • http://www.damianherrington.co.uk Damian Herrington – Hull Web D

      Fantastic interview one of the best I’ve read! Great questions, great response.

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Hey Fabian, LOL….the next interview will be coming up shortly.
      Thanks mate!

  • http://www.brandsimplicity.com.au Fabian

    Great interview guys! Love the straight up toned to it,us Aussie’s are know for that…our poleys…that’s a different story:)Looking forward to reading the next hard hitting interview.

    • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

      Hey Fabian, LOL….the next interview will be coming up shortly.
      Thanks mate!

      • http://www.gmsuchy.com Gerry Suchy

        Duane,

        Great interview Duane. Love Jacob’s definition of “good.” Looking forward to more in the interview series.

        Gerry

        • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

          Hi Gerry, I agree.

          “The word ‘good’ is very subjective, especially since there are so many elements to take into account, however, for the sake of the question, I think a good logo designer is one that can actually solve a client’s problems in a unique & memorable way, rather than just come up with a pretty logo.” – Jacob Cass

          Outstanding definition.

  • http://justcreativedesign.com Jacob Cass

    Thank you once again for the interview and glad others enjoyed it as well. I’ll be waiting for the longer one!

  • http://www.damianherrington.co.uk Damian Herrington – Hull Web Designer and Developer

    Fantastic interview one of the best I’ve read! Great questions, great response.

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    • http://www.littleboxofideas.com Sneh Roy

      Great Interview as always Jacob! Thanks for that Duane :) and so good to see some of your newest work here!

      • http://www.logobird.com.au Duane Kinsey

        Hey Sneh, always nice to get a comment from you. You can always depend on Jacob to give top notch responses.

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