Author Archives: Ram Castillo

How to make the most of what you have

Before the new year I spent an afternoon at Narrabeen Beach (in Sydney, Australia – pictured above) as opposed to fighting crowds during post-Christmas sales. If it makes the TV news, you know ques will be like a joint Justin Bieber and One Direction concert just to go up the escalator. I'm glad I hit the waves instead. It was peaceful and inspiring. People were jogging, kayaking, kicking soccer balls around and of course, surfing.  CONTINUE READING
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The 14 day designer’s challenge: 14 minutes for 14 days

Like all of you busy giant thinkers, I sometimes get caught up with little things and suddenly find the day is quickly over. I may not have gotten around to what I really wanted to accomplish that day. There's a saying "in order to have more time, make more time". So I decided to create the 14 day Designer's Challenge. CONTINUE READING
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Do it or don’t, but do it with all your heart

As the new year fast approaches, I'm sure you're met with the timely question: "What are my new year's resolutions?". First of all, ditch that question. Ask yourself a better one: "What are my new year's necessities?". Life is a one time thing. As a clever design student, graduate or young creative professional, I'm sure you want to focus your time and energy in the right places.  CONTINUE READING
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38 ways to instantly clear your creative mind

In a world with thousands of visual messages daily, simultaneous communication dialogues through multiple touch points and constant conversations between you and your networks, it's important to de-clutter often. We all know this. It may not be urgent, but it's important.  CONTINUE READING
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How I won a full design scholarship

Getting a scholarship is easier than you think. Half the job is applying in the first place. In 2003, I completed high school (HSC). Although I was aiming to study design at University, I applied for the Diploma of Graphic Design Scholarship at a private college; Martin College, Sydney. Let's be honest, I didn't think I'd even be considered. It's crazy how we self sabotage ourselves without even knowing it. The assumption for not being good enough could have jeopordised my entrance into the design industry.  CONTINUE READING
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About Ram Castillo

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Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker, CreativeLive.com Instructor and Author of two internationally acclaimed books 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed' and 'How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed'. He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog GiantThinkers.com which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, AIGA.org and Apple.

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