Nothing like a new blog to start filling. It's almost as satisfying as opening a brand new Moleskine. The idea for this blog has been building over time and last night, while working on some drawings, I decided I was done thinking about it and wanted to just make it happen.
I am at the beginning of a career change. My background is in Marketing/Advertising and after working for 5 years, I decided to follow my passion, Graphic Design.
So, this year, I made the decision not to wait any longer. I quit my job as a Marketing Communications manager and became a full time student at a local community college to study design and build my portfolio to apply for schools.
My goal is to obtain a BFA in Graphic Design. I have dreamt of this since my days in college studying Advertising, but my own fears and doubts held me back.
Although I loved the world of advertising, I ended up in marketing. It was all a great experience and I learned a ton! I enjoyed what I did, but I always felt like something was missing. I longed to be the one who conceptualized packaging and designing.
I came to a crossroads earlier this year. I wasn't satisfied with where I was at. I realized it didn't matter if I got a new job at another company because if I was going to be doing the same thing, it was only a matter of time before I became unsatisfied again.
As I was weighing through the pros and cons, toying with the idea of going back to school, I found some old journals. In them I had wrote about how I was determined to go to school and go for the BFA in Graphic Design. I had been dreaming about this for a long time, but was always too scared.
After seeing those entries, dating back to almost 7 years, I knew I couldn't wait any longer. I could fret about what may or may not come in the future, worrying about how I was going to take a huge step back with my finances and how it could potentially affect me, OR I could focus on this here and now. I knew that if I didn't do it, I could look back in 7 years and regret it just like I had when I opened those journals. What's 3 odd years of school vs. a lifetime of regret.
So I did it, I quit my job and went back to school. I signed up for 5 classes, a full -full load. Photoshop, Typography (In-Design), Illustrator, Dream Weaver and Drawing. I love every minute of it.
And all this brings me to why this blog is started...
To document this journey that I am taking towards a BFA in Graphic Design. This has become my life now, and I need a place to share ideas, archive my projects and get feedback for my work. I am learning so much everyday, about the industry, the art world and about myself.
There's so much to learn out there and I want to share it with others.
So here is where I will display projects I've worked on, research I'm doing, interesting sites I've found that are educational and my thoughts as I design. (Spending a lot of time by yourself designing and drawing results in a lot of thoughts getting sorted.)
I'm really excited about where I'm going. There are going to be a ton of challenges, but I'm ready to take them on for what I want.
So, welcome. :)