106. That is the number of graphic designers who applied for our open position at my work. I was shooting for at least 70, so I'm happy with that number.
I'm also happy with the quality level of the work that I'm seeing from applicants. I knew there would be few that would stick out, but what I didn't anticipate is that there would be a few that portfolios that I fell in love with.
Here are some thoughts as I go through these portfolios:
Some of the best work I'm seeing is coming from some very young designers.
I'm seeing some work that is both experimental and effective. It's beautiful combination.
If you think that church's have to settle for sub-standard design, they don't. I have the proof in these portfolios.
Some artists are leaning too heavy into using Gotham, Futura and Knockout. I don't blame them, but they should show a few more pieces with some strong serif typefaces.
Some of these portfolios are from artists and not designers. The question is, do they know that?
Now to get ready for a week of interviews...