For those of you who aren’t designers this may appear not to be for you, but consider where your work was a year ago, three years ago…five. Even if you’re not a brazen and highly confident person you likely found satisfaction in the work you produced and were encouraged in some way to journey forward in your career and field, right? Well, for the most part, those who are still working in the same field and haven’t undergone a career change for one reason or another. With designers, architects, and other creatives who rely on “making” artifacts for a living, their craft is documented with milestone pieces that embody a piece of their person at that point in time. The work produced begins to look like a visual timeline of sorts, and if conditions are somewhat ideal, or that person has an amazing rockstar-like gifting there is will be an evident progression in the quality of the body of work over time. You would hope!
In the process of compiling my work for clients I found myself looking over the last five years of my work and stumbled across a blog from my time studying Graphic Design at The University of Tennessee. The Senior design studio was required to keep a blog and record milestones on every project over the semester, and looking back now I am really humbled by how far I’ve come in a year and a half. In 2009 I completed my Masters degree in interior architecture & product design, but I walked away knowing there was something missing. Something that I needed to make all of these newfound skills bloom. Frankly, I knew my stuff, but always felt like my work looked like crap…except for my furniture! (other than the dumb ass design of the chess table and stools…what was I smoking?!?!) Anyway, the crap economy kind of gave me a way out, or rather an excuse to pursue another field, but it wasn’t until this particular semester in graphics design that I found the proverbial keystone to my creative arch. Have a look at the work, and please forgive any typos from sleep deprived posts.