Mig Ryes of 37signals shares some backwards, or untraditional advice.

As part of CreativeMornings’ theme of Backwards, CreativeMornings/Chicago invited back past organizer Mig Reyes to speak on the global theme. He shares some advice with the audience on how to become better at what you do, and it’s anything but expected. A few tips:

  • Burn your business cards.
  • Break things.
  • Make ugly things.
  • Spend less time on things.

    Check out a summary of Mig Reyes’ talk (including wonderful slides!) over on the CreativeMornings Blog.

About the speaker

Mig is a designer and writer at 37signals where they make beautiful, smart, and simple apps that help people work better together.

When he’s not setting type and hacking at code, he spends his nights teaching design at The Starter League and mentors with the AIGA.

Before settling in at 37signals, Mig cut his teeth doing work for other really great people including Threadless, Google, and Harley-Davidson. He’s been known to take down opponents in Layer Tennis, and has been featured in a few fancy design publications to boot. Every now and again he’ll travel to speak about making things and caring about your craft. His talks are usually funny. Mostly. Sometimes. Above all, he likes pizza, wearing ties and drinking whiskey. You can follow him on Twitter, if you’d like.

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I would suggest that a really beneficial thing for you to do is, to rip something off that you love, and by that I mean, find something that speaks to you. A design, a logo, a film sequence, something that you really admire for the way that it's put together and build it yourself. — Mig Reyes

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