Briefly Creative

by Greg Gunn

Bite-sized emails about design, career development, and the pursuit of a creative life. Find stories, lessons, and fun links in every email.

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🤷‍♂️ Nobody knows what they’re doing

Nobody knows what they’re doing. Briefly Creative #127 — Why doing it well is better than doing it right. Greg Gunn • Nov 28, 2023 • 3 min read​Listen on​ Hey Reader, it’s Greg. Welcome to my newsletter where I share my thoughts, experiences, and actionable tips for pursuing a creative life. Forwarded this email? Sign up here.​ Created with Dall•E 3 Have you ever started something only to realize, at some point midway into it, that you have no idea what you’re doing? Good....
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🔑 Reinvention is the key to growth

Reinvention is the key to growth Briefly Creative #126 — Embracing a growth mindset and remaining open to reinventing yourself. Greg Gunn • Nov 21, 2023 • 3 min read​Read and listen on​ Hey Reader, it’s Greg. Welcome to my newsletter where I share my thoughts, experiences, and actionable tips for pursuing a creative life. Forwarded this email? Sign up here.​ Created by Dall•E 3 ICYMI: I started a podcast! Think of it like an audio version of this newsletter. Search for...
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💎 Finding Clarity in Creativity

Finding Clarity in Creativity Briefly Creative #125 — My journey searching for purpose in my personal and professional pursuits by questioning them over and over again. Greg Gunn • Nov 14, 2023 • 3 min read​Read and listen on​ Hey Reader, it’s Greg. Welcome to my newsletter where I share my thoughts, experiences, and actionable tips for pursuing a creative life. Forwarded this email? Sign up here.​ Created with Dall•E 3 If you’ve been subscribed long enough, you may (or may...
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Portfolio site checklist ✅

Your portfolio site checklist Oct 31, 2023 | Issue #124 Happy Halloween Reader! Welcome to TLDR #124. After months of tinkering in my spare time I’ve finally relaunched my website. And I did it in dark mode 👻. My inner goth feels seen now. It needs polish, but let me know if you spot any bugs or broken links. Also, I have a favor to ask. My newsletter page looks boring. It could use a few thoughtful testimonials from beloved readers like yourself. So, if you enjoy reading my emails (and are...
about 1 month ago • 4 min read
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Reconnecting with my craft 🙌

Reconnecting with my craft. Oct 3, 2023 | Issue #122 Hey Reader, welcome to issue #122. It’s been five months since I left my Creative Director role to pursue product design at There are many things I’ve enjoyed about the transition, but reconnecting with my craft tops the list. Historically, I’ve operated as a hired gun(n). Flying in at the end of the marketing process to make it look pretty, subjectively speaking. The project timeline was usually measured in weeks and then I was...
2 months ago • 3 min read
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A meaningful mantra 🙃

A meaningful mantra. July 25, 2023 | Issue #121 Hey, Reader 👋. Welcome to TLDR #121. The last email I sent was lengthy, so I’m keeping this one short. Also, don’t forget to visit the archive if you missed an issue. If I could offer some advice… There is no shortage of advice fighting for your attention online and in real life. Most of it’s fleeting and in the interest of making money, which—if I’m being honest—is nice to have access to. Case in point: I recently discovered Bogleheads and am...
4 months ago • 2 min read
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My path to product design 🧭

My path to Product Design July 11, 2023 | Issue #120 Hey, Reader 👋. Welcome to TLDR #120. This is the third (and final) email covering my transition from a longstanding Creative Director role to Product Designer. You can read the first two emails—and many others—by visiting this page. Enter web 1.0 I was a child of the 90s and a big nerd, so when I got my first computer (an entry level HP Pavilion) I was glued to the internet. A lot of that time was spent on AIM, but I never tired from...
5 months ago • 4 min read
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Solving the job hunt puzzle 🧩

Solving the job hunt puzzle Jun 27, 2023 | Issue #119 Hello again, Reader👋, welcome to issue #119. In the last email, I shared that I’d recently resigned from my longstanding role as Creative Director at The Futur (previously known as design agency Blind) and joined full-time as a product designer. This is issue will talk about that transition process. How I started the job hunt, what worked well for me, and what didn’t. A quick note—like anyone doling out unsolicited career advice,...
5 months ago • 3 min read
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Rested and recharged 🔋

Rested and recharged. June 13, 2023 | Issue #118 Hey Reader. Long time, no write. How are you? If you’re new to this newsletter (or forgot who I am), then welcome and hello. My name is Greg and I’m a designer that loves to share my creative process via this newsletter named TLDR. I’ve spent the last five months in a cycle of overworking myself, acknowledging burnout, and then enjoying a good, long break. Which has sadly stifled my motivation to write. Oops. In light of that, let me catch you...
6 months ago • 2 min read
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I made an Achievement Journal 🏆

Why I started logging my professional achievements. Jan 10, 2023 | Issue #117 Happy New Year, Reader! Welcome to the first TLDR newsletter of 2023. It’s a bit late for an annual recap, and even if I did attempt to write one, I wouldn’t know where to start. Instead, I’d like to share something new I’ve started working on: an achievement journal. Caption goes here Think of an achievement journal as a chart of professional accomplishments. Each entry is an impact statement about said...
11 months ago • 3 min read
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