Don't be kak, be lekker
10 December 2019
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A how-to guide for being a part of a creative team.

As a young designer it can be daunting thinking about joining the creative industry and even more daunting figuring out how to be a part of a creative team. However, being a good member of a creative team is easier than you think. Here are 10 easy tips (in no particular order) on how to not be kak:

  1. Sweating, china!

    Always be willing to help a colleague in need. If they are working to reach a tight deadline and you have some spare time, offer to help - whether it's doing image searches or mock-ups, every little bit helps. Remember, not all heroes wear capes.

  2. Refuel the tank.

    When making a cup of coffee or tea always ask the people around you if they would like one too. If your team is the creative engine of your agency, then coffee is the fuel! A little coffee goes a long way in this industry... besides, when has a creative ever said no to cup of Joe?

    Pro tip: Keep an excel spreadsheet on how everyone likes their coffee or tea so you don't have to ask every time. Also, it makes you seem like you're a really good listener.

  3. Share your spell book.

    Shortcuts can be seen as the dark arts of Adobe software. Knowing all those magic keys makes life easier, quicker and more efficient. If you see a co-worker scrolling up to the menu bar, searching though the dropdown menu, to search through even more dropdown menus, and you happen to know a simple shortcut, share it with them. Ask if they know any cool shortcuts as well. The more you know the faster you can work as a team.

  4. "Dis pragtig, ja?"

    Feedback is very important when working in a creative team. Before annoying your creative director with questions like "do you think this is cool?", ask the person next to you to give you feedback. And never throw your toys if they don't like your work. As creatives it's our job to take constructive feedback and build off it to get the best possible result.

  5. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" - Kelly Clarkson

    Being in a creative team can sometimes mean butting heads with other creatives about certain projects. Always be willing to compromise on ideas and work together, don't argue just to be right! Compromise is the only way forward as not every idea can go into a project or presentation. Work together on keeping the good ideas and getting rid of the not so good ones.

  6. Ummm, can anyone... like if you aren't busy... maybe... I don't know like ...can you possibly...how do I say this... help me...???

    Being able to ask for help is key. Regardless of the issue, your creative team is your biggest and best resource in times of need. A good team will always be willing to help.

  7. Save_Your_Files_Properly_v07_Final_Actual-Final_201911209.psd

    You are rarely going to be the person who works on a project from start to finish, so saving your files correctly and in order is super important. There is nothing worse than having limited time on a project and having to search far and wide to find the latest, most up to date file - and don't even get me started on having to relink files! Always make sure you are saving your work properly so the entire creative team and process can run smoothly.

  8. You are never too old to learn!

    Learn! Learn! Learn! The best part about being a part of a creative team is that there is always something you can learn from someone else, no matter their skill level. Stay humble honey, you don't know what you don't know until you know it.

  9. Get your shit done.

    It's important to always be on top of the work you have to complete. If you don't finish your part of a project, then the whole project can get disrupted. Be responsible and get your shit done. If you can't get it done in the time allocated, speak to your account executive or refer to rule 6!

  10. Don't be kak, be lekker.

    Last but definitely not least, if you have a good attitude and a drive to be the best you can be, then everything will work out in the end. Stay calm, don't panic, and most importantly don't be kak, be lekker!

By Jayce Davin
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