Going to school to be a graphic designer was a decision I made my freshman year of college. Graphic design seemed to be a good fit for my love of computers and my love for art. I was certain that this was going to be the path I was going to take in life that would lead me to a fulfilling career path as well as being very successful.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #00aeff;”] I[/dropcap]n my first years in the professional field of graphic design in Chicago I soon realized I was missing something. Graphic design all on its own will not bring my career to that satisfactory level I was hoping for, front end web development was going to be key in making sure that succeed in my path. Being part of a somewhat successful business website overhaul really showed me what it will take to bring it to the next level. This is when I discovered what a CMS is and started to dabble with this very working platform (wordpress). It seemed to be a good fit but I was not able to extend the platform with my little experience to the build a robust website with rich content. It felt at the time more like “great this is just a blog” hence wordpress’s famous default tag line “This is just another wordpress blog”
Over the last 5 years I was able to develop the skills necessary to understand and stretch the abilities of wordpress to build e-commerce websites, blogs as well as a website for your business all on this very platform you see today. Unfortunately, shortly after my discovery of this great CMS and starting to rip it up on the site, I had to relay on this for a source of income and portfolio development due to being “let go” from my first gig out of college. Okay okay okay I get it what the hell does this have to do with design?
Simply put, design was shortly realized as a career path I was not going to take in life. I needed to find a niche with my skill set that will give me greater satisfaction as well as bigger end benefit. I realized I had a particular skill set that let me communicate between that of technology and marketing and I needed to grab hold of that and shine! Project management has showed me that I can combine the skills gained as a designer/developer and apply that to more practical and productive career.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #00aeff;”] C[/dropcap]urrently I’m doing work which just more solidifies why I got out of this designer path. My expereince here over the last 5 have opened up my eyes yet again as to why doing strictly design work is not fun and here is why.
From the perspective of a designer this is just the every day life. It’s unfortunate that everyone thinks they are a designer and has a say in what is to get done. Why have a designer that understands front end development and data if your not going to take the advice and direction given. This was the constant frustration I have dealt with in my short lived career thus far.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #00aeffb;”] A[/dropcap]ny designers feel free to share your experiences and let us know what you do to ease the pain of this vicious endless cycle