Wait… has it been that long already?
It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since my college graduation – it was a major milestone for me. At the time, I don’t think I sat down to imagine how my life would be ten years down the line and here I am now a husband to a lovely wife and a proud father of two healthy boys.
My life changed when I moved back to Indianapolis in 1998 with the goal of getting a college degree and in May of 2005, my goal became reality when I earned my Bachelors of Science degree from Purdue University.Like most college kids, I went to school not really knowing what I wanted to do. When I was introduced to the world of graphic design, digital graphics and multimedia in particular, I knew I had finally found my calling. The symbolic language of graphic design is universal because it has the ability to communicate across different cultures, languages and countries.
Entering the world of freelance graphic design…
Many people believe being a graphic designer is a free and quite laid back profession, which will offer you an unlimited amount of spare time, but that is just not the case. Graphic design comes with its share of stress and long hours. It can easily have you looking for another job if you do not have the passion for it. Graphic design clients will typically change their mind several times before a project is given the thumbs up. I understand that. It is part of the job and it is also the goal to make sure my client is satisfied with the final product. The happier your client is, the happier you will be.
If you are a graphic designer thinking about entering the freelance graphic design industry, here is a nice read which can be found in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) website, explaining some of the considerations and lessons learned: http://www.aiga.org/freelance-considerations–lessons-learned/
I love what I do!
I love thinking outside the box and solving problems. Creating and designing. I love taking an idea and turning it into a visual representation with an identity. Most of all, I love that at the end of the day (no matter how stressful that day was) I can sit back and say “I love what I do”.
Over the last ten years in the freelance graphic design industry, I have had several fantastic opportunities and have built lasting relationships with many people as I helped them communicate their ideas visually. Working for such a variety of different clients has given me a great range of experiences which has helped me build on the foundation of skills I learned in college.
In addition to the Freelance graphic design work I do, I am about to celebrate my eight year anniversary working for a manufacturing company as the lead graphic designer for our marketing team. This company has provided me with such a wonderful opportunity to live out my dreams and actually DO what I went to school for. The amount of experiences I have had with this company is invaluable.
Looking down the road another ten years, what should my next goal be? Improve my craft and continue learning? Well, that is a given! Graphic designers, specifically in web development, will not survive without continually learning. Maybe I can venture to say that my goal for the next ten years would be to get to a point where I can do freelance graphic design full time enabling me to travel back to Greece with my family for the Summer and work remotely from there for part of the year. I do not know if that will happen, but it is certainly fun daydreaming about it.
Cheers to another 10 prosperous years of learning, perfecting my craft and continuing to build on the solid foundation I have created for myself!