Skillshare Discount

Hello!

I have finally done it. I have signed up for my first Skillshare class. I stumbled upon this website while browsing design blogs and was immediately intrigued. The website offers classes that teach specific skills with learn-at-your-own-pace video lessons taught by designers around the world. If you’d like to learn more, watch their Manifesto Video. I will be taking the “Digitizing Hand Lettering: From Sketch to Vector.” I can’t wait.

A little something for YOU:
Use this link and we both get $10 off a class at Skillshare.

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Also, I’ve got some good stuff over at my personal blog.

The dream of the newly graduated graphic designer

dream, oh young designer

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.

Do it wrong

do it wrong, inspirational, oh young designer

Make mistakes.

Screw up.

Do it wrong.

Do it wrong again.

But then fix it.

And smile.

Because you won’t make that mistake again. You’ll learn. And you’ll get better.

This is the real world. This is called experience. Absorb every moment. And move on. In fact, don’t stop making mistakes, messing up, or moving on. Ever.

Fall Fashion Look Book

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Hello blog friends,

I have recently started my own personal blog, kathrynfarritor.com. I have much more personal topics and photography-related features on this blog and I just completed a little project I am calling the Fall Fashion Look Book. Would love if you subscribed to email or RSS updates for that blog.

Click here to see the Look Book!

Much love,

Katie

P.S. The Look Book was a personal project I created for myself. It was to give myself an opportunity to envision an idea and bring it to life.

Think vs. Do

I’m the type of person that likes to over-think about things. This makes me good at strategy, analyzing every angle of a situation, and being intentional.

However, I get very frustrated with myself because I have all these brilliant ideas and projects I want to prune into beautiful little creations but find myself stuck at the keyboard staring at the screen with my mind spinning.

To combat this, I’ve been telling myself to just do it, go go go, and get it done. Don’t plan. Don’t think. Just move. I purposefully have to remind myself to move forward when I catch myself in a whirlwind of indecision because of the what ifs and possibilities of a project.

I’ve also made a little game for myself. I turn on pandora, listen to a favorite station, and design until the song ends. When the song ends, I move on to the next design. I don’t have time to over-think and I have to switch design styles when the music changes. It’s a good exercise and if you struggle with designers block or throwing rapid fire designs out there, try it for yourself.