35 Things To Avoid When Building A Design Firm: Meet John Nunziato of Little Big Brands

by Diane Lindquist on 03/03/2014 | 4 Minute Read

John Nunziato, Creative Director of Little Big Brands, will be presenting 35 Things To Avoid When Building A Design Firm at The Dieline Conference on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

John is a veteran of the design and branding world, having spent nearly 20 years working for leading global package design firms. In 2001, he founded Little Big with the desire to help clients find the nuances that make them unique. He’s been instrumental in creating and revitalizing brands for a blue clip list of clients, including: Coca-Cola, Bolthouse Farms, Gillette, Campbell’s, Johnson & Johnson, Burger King, Novartis, Unilever, Fleet Laboratories, Pepperidge Farm, and Sun Products Corp. In 2011, he was named to GDUSA’s prestigious “People to Watch” list. John is a frequent contributor to industry publications such as Brand Packaging and Package Design Magazine, has served as a judge for numerous international design competitions, and enjoys guiding the next generation of designers as a guest lecturer and mentor to students at Syracuse University and New York’s F.I.T.

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Join our live Q&A tweet session #AskTheDieline and converse live with The Dieline and John NuziatoCreative Director of Little Big Brands!

When: Wednesday, March 12

Time: 12 pm (PST)

You can participate in real time from 12 - 12:30 pm (30 minutes) PST on Wednesday, or send in questions in advance by tweeting your question to @TheDieline with hashtag #AskDieline in your tweet. John Nuziato and our team of editors will be answering questions and discussing John's upcoming session at The Dieline Conference in Boston.

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Meet John Nunziato at The Dieline Conference

Join us for a humorous yet valuable journey through some of the biggest mistakes that budding design agencies make. In this session you’ll get not 5, not 10, but a whopping 35 things to avoid if you are thinking of starting your own gig—or even if you're already an agency principal.

John Nunziato and his firm have seen it all when it comes to agencies shooting themselves in the foot—and they’ve committed a few blunders themselves. Sure, there are some no-brainers: choosing an office located over a greasy spoon diner, telling clients to F off, forgetting to spell-check that final design. And then there are the biggies—things that will fundamentally decide or change your place within the industry. 

Things like who you choose to work with. You want to build a company full of the best designers money can buy, right? Not if you want to stay in business. John will talk about the optimal mix of roles and personalities for a design firm, and it just might surprise you. 

How about designing for free to give clients a feel for your work? A good idea to get your foot in the door, or the fastest way to devalue yourself? (If you are still pondering the answer, please see the title of this session). 

 And by the way, think anyone's buying that you have offices in Brazil and Japan? Think again. This session will get you on the fast track to Successville. Just don't say you have an office there.

3 Main Take-Aways:

  1. Best practices for building or starting a design firm.
  2. Pitfalls to avoid when building or starting a design firm.
  3. Life lessons for successfully navigating the design industry




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