Growing up as a kid I’m sure you can remember situations when you asked your parents “How do you spell this?” or “What does this mean?” Only for them to give the iconic response of “Go look it up.” As a kid that’s never the response you are looking for, rather you want the answer immediately with minimum or no effort. Your parent’s always intended for you to take the longer road with hard work and putting in maximum effort because in the end it will produce greater results.
Through my journey as a designer I have had some great uplifts and pitfalls along with notable successes and failures. Back in the day, when I use to be part of the everyday 9 – 5 grind of the corporate world, there were also some brief periods of unemployment. In attempts to not to have gaps in my resume, I took an internship position with a small 5-man agency.
Back in 2011, when I became a freelancer full time. That very first day was exciting. I rolled out of bed at 9:00 am (still on corporate time), slapped on some fresh undies and decided to ignore the daily ritual of brushing my teeth and freshening my breath. B-lined straight to the kitchen…
Have you ever been so close to the finish line, that you practically tasted the victory as you neared the end of a creative project. You are exporting all the necessary files and packaging up all deliverables, as you pop open a can and prepare to have your coke with a smile. And then it happens… you get that dreaded email or phone call. It goes a little something like this:
I use to be a Lynda.com fiend and when I couldn’t afford Lynda tutorials I use to visit sites like veerle.duoh.com and fffound.com as a backup; absorbing and learning as much as I could. But the funny thing is that I would never have the current version of creative software I was attempting to learn. So, if I was watching a tutorial about Adobe Photoshop CS3, I would still be rocking CS2. To me, it would be the same until the video covers a feature that was not in my current version.