Personally, I’m super busy, between being a creative director at one of the largest global design consulting groups, and doing my own work (designing a track day car right now for fun…) I have plenty to do. Here is why I use c77:
when c77 first came online in 1995, I instantly got that this would replace ID magazine and the IDSA. One is down… Very few designers older than a certain age really understand that. I think they still might be focused on the old world of print and other one way communications. I’m getting more and more ink in press and books (3 or 4 more coming out this year) but this is the medium I feel has the most impact.
As a student I feeling how difficult it is to connect to experienced professional designers as a student and a young designer starting out. Maybe there was a visiting lecturer or critic to our school, but outside of that, no real contact. Knowing things like c77, ID Sketching (those guys are busy too) and PDForums were the future, I told myself that I always wanted to be easily accessible to others, sharing my opinions and what I learned as well as learning from others like CG, Richard, IP, and essentially the entire group of us who later were asked to become moderators because of our contributions.
As a professional, I really crafted my voice on here. Many of you who have been on here for a long period of time I’m sure remember the way I posted 7,8 years ago. Much more crass, and less understanding. I honed my message here, and that helped me to be a better mentor at work, which helped me to be promoted faster.
One of the things my current employer likes is how much I am out in public espousing these ideas, so it is encouraged.
I also use it as a healthy break. After or between tasks, I might pop in and make a quick post. No different than reading a quick article in ID magazine would have been in another time. Instead of watching the youtube video, I’m here.
I’ve recruited several people into Nike through these forums, and am now doing that at frog. Don’t think DesignFabulous’s portfolio amongst others have not made the circuit here and been discussed in recruitment conversations!
Contributing to these forums on a consistant basis has been one of the best things I have ever done for my career or my person. No matter where I go around the world, people know it, I get to meet designers I would have never been exposed to, I get to learn from all of you, I get to give back.