Freebie | Live at the pace of grace – Desktop Wallpaper

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Hello friends! I have a desktop wallpaper for you to download over at my personal blog. Use it as a reminder to stay positive and remember the grace God gives each of us every single day. No matter others’ wrongs against you, you still have the responsibility to show grace to them and to every person you encounter in your life.

Fun facts: I took this photo sitting at a picnic table right outside Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. I also have my first officially purchased font for the text.

Fab Find: Design Presentation Templates

First, if you don’t follow and subscribe to David Airey, do so immediately. He is a brilliant graphic designer and his email and blog posts are short, sweet, and wonderful for any young designer or creative. Seriously, go subscribe to him now. Of all the emails that flood my inbox, I always make time to read his.

Secondly, David shared these blank, photographic design presentation templates the other day on his blog. The templates are a compilation of billboards, coffee mugs, shopping bags, Mac screens, and any other object you could possibly brand, and they are left blank to add your own designs in order to create a realistic presentation of the final product. Any designer would be crazy giddy about these. I haven’t yet purchased them as I do not work in an agency, but they are on my radar as soon as I find some valuable use I can put them to – possibly a portfolio update?

Why didn’t I think of these? So instead, I’m sharing them with the world.

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The dream of the newly graduated graphic designer

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Every newly graduated graphic designer has the same dream.

Hip office space downtown. Glamorous agency life. Great benefits. Great pay. Designing band posters and coffee shop logos. Pool table and dart board room to keep creative minds moving. Free breakfast on the first Tuesday of the month. Your designs become famous and are splashed all over the city – maybe even the country.  Sounds fantastic? That’s what we all want and imagine, right?

Then reality hits.

You forgot to mention the micro-managing numbskull who sits in power above you, the pissy attitude of the relationship manager in the cubicle next door, the fact that you’ve made fifteen revisions to the most recent brochure artwork and haven’t been given an explanation as to why, the impossible deadlines watched meticulously by the project manager who shoves ridiculous expectations on the one who happens to have the last leg of the project before it needs to go out the door. Yeah, you forgot to mention those.

When I graduated college, I had dreams to be the hipster, artistic chick with a funky hair cut and unnaturally colored streak through her hair who nailed the agency job and developed this crazy, kick-ass portfolio of hair stylist and boutique logos and wine bottle packaging.

A graphic design opportunity presented itself to me to work in a corporate environment for a big financial company surrounded by grey cubicle walls, business casual dress attire, and lame (but free) coffee in the break room. Sounds boring. I took it. Little did I know, this would turn out to be one of the greatest jobs that I will ever have. And I already know this.

It comes down to the people, the managers, and then the work. No matter what job you have, you are in the “people business.” You will always work with people, computer geek or not. I work with some of the greatest people in the world. We laugh, a lot. As a team, we are trusted to work independently and meet deadlines, manage our time efficiently, and expected to produce great work. We develop concepts out of thin air and make the magic become a reality. Everything we do in the marketing department is driven by intention. It’s the key to our success and it’s the key to my growth.

If you’re currently employed, the questions to ask yourself: Do you like the projects you are given? Do you like the people you work with? Are you challenged and pushed to your creative limits daily? Do you believe in the company’s mission and values? Are you valued (at work and in life)? What have you learned since working there?

If you’re currently dreaming of the dream design job: What’s most important to you in a job? What values do you hold personally close to your heart? What do you want your role to be as a designer? What do you hope to gain from working with those surrounding you?

Just remember, the flashy agency down the street might not hold your dream in it’s sparkling little hands.

Reflecting On September: Personal Blog

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Hello friends! I’ve been busy over at my personal blog – reflecting on life, compiling some images and quotes, and building a little brand for myself.

I also have both Oh, Young Designer and KathrynFarritor.com on bloglovin! Click the bloglovin link above to follow if you like that type of feed!

I am starting a series over there called, “The Inspired Series” in which I will be interviewing awesomely creative Etsy businesses and learning more about their inspirations, business lessons, and personal lives. Stay tuned!