3 Lessons from Kon Tzas

I can look at this all day...

I can look at this all day...

From time to time I ask some of my friends and broader network of creative leaders a simple question:

If you could offer an emerging designer three lessons from your career, what would they be?

For the better part of the last year, my team at Tank and I have had the pleasure of working with a very gifted Designer in Kon Tzas.

When I first met Kon, I was super impressed with the body of work he had amassed in his career — they say to always hire people who are better than you, and within minutes I knew that Kon was on another stratosphere.

Then I saw his Pinterest feed — which gave me Pinterest-envy so I've been working on mine ever since! 

All this great work is one thing — but Kon's career path is one that I admire, and advocate. It's non-linear, non-traditional and explorative. 

Kon spent the early 90s travelling through Greece, Spain and Portugal after living in Greece for a little while, picking oranges in the beautiful Peloponnese (😍).

He returned to Australia and spent quite some time working in film and video production, leaving that to work as a Labourer for a number of years.

Another stint in film lead to work as a Web Designer in the late 90s and early 00s. The golden era of web design.

Photo studios, Graphic Designer and Finished Artist roles were followed by a year in Japan and later, four years in a very large Advertising agency.

Kon has been working for himself since 2009 and has amassed a very impressive body of work.

Zig. Zag. The best career path.

Enjoy his three lessons.

If you could offer an emerging designer three lessons from your career, what would they be?

Affinity

Communicate and understand your client and the project you are responsible for.

Connect with their vision, appreciate their insights and knowledge.

Link and draw together elements from their world, and yours.

Research

Immerse yourself in the project you are investing your creativity in.

Research, gather images and read broadly in different cultural contexts. 

Go in deep. 

Curiousity

Keep moving forward, open new doors. Delight yourself in the unexpected.

Every new design is a leap of faith.

Cultivate interest and passion.

Keep exploring. 

Work hard.

 

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