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Listen Up: How to Send a Cold Email and Become a Design-World Hotshot, with Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson!

Listen Up BY liz 05/08/2017

This week, Claire, Erica, and our special guest Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson are doling out career and networking advice as if they had guidance-counselor plaques on their desks. Included: how to properly send a shot-in-the-dark email and ways to work your way up the editorial design ladder like Elizabeth, the creative director of Afar. Plus: a bonus early-fashion-blogger nostalgia tour.


And! We’d be remiss not to remind you that our next #ReadingThings pick is Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg, and we’ll be discussing it with Jami herself (wow!) on May 29th.


The linkage…


On email inquiry etiquette that might actually get ya somewhere…


  • When it comes to cold-emailing, Man Repeller and LinkedIn have some wisdom.
  • For email intros, it’s allll about the double opt-in—more on that via Quartz and The Muse.


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Special and amazing guest Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson, creative director of Afar and design mind behind so many other things you know and love, on how she became such a superstar...


  • What Elizabeth’s been up to lately: Creative-directing Afar’s gorgeous vibe (and new airport shops!) and designing Alison Roman’s upcoming cookbook Dining In.
  • What else Elizabeth has done that you’ve seen and loved: She was the art director of Bon Appétit for three years, so odds are you’ve drooled over her work before. Also: the book design for Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl and album art for The Walkmen’s Lisbon, Heaven, and You & Me.
  • It’s definitely worth doing a deep-dive into Elizabeth’s so early (now inactive) fashion blog, White Lightning—and while you’re at it, explore some of her other way-ahead-of-the-curve faves from that era like Sea of Shoes, Zana Bayne, and Style Bubble, too.


Related: R.I.P YM, Ray Gun, Details, and Gourmet.



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