60% of studios are small-sized (1-5 people).
I've tried to limit myself here, so the four big ones are: 1) Rhode Island School of Design, which gave me a great circle of creative friends and plenty of typography, 2) a gentleman named Ed Marzsewski, who introduced me to the thriving underground Chicago art scene, 3) moving to New York after my time in Chicago, it (still) feels like there's no ceiling here, and 4) working at Sagmeister, which felt more like a graduate program than a job, where I was simply allowed to play.
Average: 17 years
My partner Michael and I were both hired at a small studio a couple of weeks apart and working very closely together. In the first month I sized him up as a complete asshole and loathed working with him. During one particularly challenging situation I was seriously considering leaving the job because of it, but in the heat of it I asked him to take a walk with me. I was ready for a fight, but a really honest and healthy conversation followed and we became close friends shortly thereafter. We still have moments of conflict and tension, but that experience taught me not to judge people too quickly and that communication serves me much better than avoidance or passive aggression.
Franklyn: 5, Other: 5
50% of studios work 40-49 hours/week.
The average is 40-49 hours/week.
42% of studios have side projects.
32% have pets at the studio
Favorite sit-down lunch: Parrish Hall