In this engaging and interactive panel, you'll hear from four practitioners who have made the jump to ‘indie' consulting and have not only survived, but thrived. This panel will cover the practical and personal considerations of being an indie designer, including how to get over the fear of making the jump, where and how to find clients, managing the business side of design and what it's like to work alone. We will be brutally honest about the upsides and the downsides of indie life—including challenges like wading into organizational politics as an external consultant, managing time and client expectations and how to sell services that can be difficult for even seasoned practitioners to define.
This panel will be as interactive as it is informative, opening the floor to audience members who want to dig into specific questions. Our international panel includes a newly ‘indie' designer, two mid-level practitioners and an industry veteran, providing interesting and varied perspectives on independent life.
21st–25th March 2012