When I left news 15 years ago, I put aside all of the work I had made because it wasn’t relevant to agencies (as so many creative directors told me at the time).
But I never tossed the tearsheets because it seemed wrong to deny all the memories made with dozens of former colleagues and, ultimately, all of the lessons I learned along the way.
Those lessons intrigue me today.
Then, as now, I was solving problems under deadline pressure and producing work that was consumed by thousands of people. And there are plenty of design challenges that are similar, despite changes in technology.
The pages may be yellowing and long-forgotten by the audience and the hard-working people who created them, but I’m still proud of the work we did.
And there’s something to be learned from that.