For some reason, I find it less-than-exciting to blog about certain major aspects of my life. I’m talking about stuff that fills most of my days and takes up most of my thoughts. What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s nothing more than my job. My occupation. My career. My business. The career that keeps me looking fly, keeps Barney fed, and keeps me traveling and seeing the world.
Despite the fact that design is like breathing to me, and I don’t see the real draw in talking about my work when I’m not working, I feel I’d be doing a disservice to my years of education, not to mention the countless hours I’ve spent in front of a Mac for the past 13+ years, if I didn’t at least acknowledge it in one post.
Ten random musings about my life in the creative industry:
- I have close friends friends I’ve known for over 10 years, who don’t know exactly what I do at my full-time job. This includes my mother.
- Most people think of me as a web designer, which is what I do more often these days than anything else. But my formal education was 100% focused on print design.
- Everything I know about web design, I taught myself. That’s not a very uncommon occurrence in this industry, so I don’t even know why I included it on this list. But there it is.
- Few things bring me more joy than spending 2-3 hours in a really good art supply store, looking through their extensive paper and pen selections. Similarly, I wish I could dedicate an entire room in my home to displaying the paper sample books I’ve seen over the years which have featured some of the best traditional graphic design I’ve seen, hands down.
- Web design pays the bills, but print will always be my first love.
- One area I’d love to get into is packaging design. You know… physical products you buy in stores. Wine labels. Shopping bags. Press kits. In my career, the closest I’ve gotten to packaging design is CD/DVD cases, and pocket folders. I could do so much more given the time and budget.
- I’m working on a stationery business, allowing people to go online and order stationery designed by yours truly, with their name/monogram on it.
- I love designing invitations, and I love planning special events. If it weren’t for the fact that I loathe anything to do with brides and their myriad psychoses, I’d have been a wedding planner in another life.
- There’s a constant struggle between my desire to showcase the extent of my talents, versus showing the stuff I actually get paid to do. They are not the same thing. Most of the stuff I get paid to do is not creatively challenging, and it’s always needed in a rush. To me, that’s a recipe for mediocrity. My work takes up so much of my time that I can’t ever focus on doing the kind of work I’d be proud to feature in my portfolio.
- In 2014, my goal is to MAKE time for that extra-challenging stuff, even if it’s just made up to show what I can do. Hopefully this time next year I’ll have a kickass portfolio to show for it.
What are some things you want to make time for in 2014?