The Nomadic Designer: A Design Student Hits the Road on a Mobile Apprenticeship The Nomadic Designer: A Design Student Hits the Road on a Mobile Apprenticeship
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The Nomadic Designer: A Design Student Hits the Road on a Mobile Apprenticeship

by Adele Peters

January 27, 2013

Calling himself a 'nomadic designer,' Daniel was inspired by the new mobility allowed by technology, as he writes in Computer Arts:

I found a few articles in The Economist about nomadic work practices and the rise of the ‘techno-nomad’. These individuals don’t base themselves in a location— rather, they rely solely on a laptop and internet connection to do their work. The location becomes secondary as the designers become self-sufficient through technology. This is a relatively new trend, made possible by the vast opportunities at our disposal that enable us to connect with others.

When he returned to London, he found a job in just two days; his new employer, Boat Magazine, calls itself a "nomadic design studio" and moves every six months to create a publication about a new city. 

Though Daniel's project isn't one that every student could undertake—for obvious financial reasons—it's an inspiring and creative approach to the increasingly difficult challenge of finding a job. He got to see different design approaches across cultures, and different disciplines, from city planning to advertising. It seems like the sort of trip that would be useful, and fun, for more experienced designers as well.

Images courtesy of Daniel Cooper

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