I know I’ve been missing for the past how many weeks or so, November/December are always the busiest months of the year and this December is probably the biggest month I’ve had in a while.
• House of Cards exhibition
• An online branding site
• More birthdays
Proud to say that I graduated last week! Like everyone around me, I initially had one goal when I started uni; to get that piece of paper. That slipped away as soon as I finished 1st year, I knew it wasn’t the right goal to chase. I’m at uni to learn how to use Photoshop better geez! No not really actually, my photoshop skills are about the same as when I started.
Communication Design isn’t graphic design. Graphic design is part of our job but we only consider ourselves to be “designers” because adding the term “graphic” isn’t enough to describe our new profession. I took this course because it covers areas including art, fashion, marketing, media, advertising and business. These aspects contribute to what design is today.
When I was approached by Jin & Co. to do an illustration in 2012 I started thinking seriously about freelancing. He took me seriously therefore I took him seriously and we both took the job seriously. It was my first time in the “professional world” and I was such an amateur. The first ever briefing we had I brought nothing but myself and a bag with my phone in it. “Bring a notebook and a pen next time, you need to sketch and write notes down” Jin said.
There are 18247982377 small businesses offering design services out there and I’m one of them. I already knew beforehand that this industry is one of the most competitive but I chose to do my freelancing anyway. You begin to wonder, if there’s tonnes of design firms and artists out there then why do people still come back to you? It motivates you and pushes you to work harder because you’re confident the service you give to your clients is the kind of service they expect in return. You go out of your way to work on any given day.
I’ll never regret the experience of uni, I mean, it wasn’t all rainbows, fairies, sunshines and glitter. It was painful in the most good and bad ways. I won’t go into that but it’s helped me focus on my passion for working in the fashion industry even though the course wasn’t directly related to fashion. Whether I land a job in a fashion studio working on a magazine or designing clothes and doing fashion illustrations, Communication Design has helped me merge art and design into everyday life despite it being two completely different areas of practice.
Ok now I’m starting to feel really nostalgic. I’ll post some old work from uni as my next post. Stay tuned…