Posted 18.08.2016 @ 8.26AM
::Working in house sucked the life out of me. Boring and I'm not a natural 'employee'.
Working as a freelancer has been hard work but often AWESOME!::
I can relate to that. Traditional work places need to be a lot more flexible.
Posted 19.08.2016 @ 2.20PM
@dan - haha well if only there was something like that! I think the thing with snask is, they've built that reputation for that kind of work so people seek them out from around the world to do it. from what I read in their book, there was many a struggle years when they first started out just trying to get by and doing the kind of work they wanted until they got the publicity and accolades for it.
Posted 19.08.2016 @ 8.41AM
@dan - I did work at an agency where I used to get to travel a lot art directing photoshoots around the world, I guess I could say that was exciting whilst out of the office but as soon as you get back into the office, its the same old thing haha.
I'd love to work for a place like Snask where they use their hands to create a lot of the work they make and looks like a lot of their projects they can kind of just go a bit wild, I mean to me that seems exciting but I can't think of any places in Australia where they do that kind of work.
Posted 17.08.2016 @ 6.01PM
@dan - sometimes I'm like yeah this project I'm working on is great and I really get to be creative and feel excited by what I'm doing and creating but for the most part I find myself feeling a bit whatever, like I'm creating something that some people would say 'yeah that looks nice' but its in no way ground breaking
the more I'm in the industry the less I feel I'm inspired, I feel a lot of work out there in the industry is good quality but it kind of all feels a bit stale and not interesting to me. I don't know if this is perhaps I've been in the industry longer now or what. overall some agencies I think create great work but for the most part I can't say many agencies or places that I'm like "oh I'd love to work for them" where as in the past I feel I used to feel this way to more places
Posted 16.08.2016 @ 8.49AM
@dan cheers mate. Been a designer since 2000 also. Fulltime until 2007 and then moved into photography due to being sat at a desk 24/7 was killing me.
Commercial photography is not that far apart from design as you think to be honest. There is a client, brief, and goal just like design. The goals have to be met to budgets and deadlines too. There is creativity, technical skills, and delivery with Adobe Suite. The big difference is that there is more engagement with people outside of the screen.
Posted 05.07.2016 @ 7.35PM
I don't believe in unpaid internships and at least here in the UK I think the educational establishments are to blame.
My niece was studying Fashion Graphic Design and part of the course demanded her to do an internship to pass.
These were like rocking horse shit and she had to go to London for hers.
It was at a big fashion house and rather than being baby-sitted, she ended up working as the PA to the owner who gave his name to the company .
She did everything, booking his flights and hotels and pretty much wiping his arse at the age of 19.
This cost my sister about £750GBP a month in accommodation plus living expenses over the six months so "unpaid" is just the tip of the iceberg.
When I was back at college, we were expected to do a "work placement" in our final year (4 days a week).
I ended up being placed in two. One as a screen printer and the other as a print finisher.
Both these were just like factory work with nothing to do with design at all but I had to do it to pass.
Internships are hard to come by and often students end up doing things that are in no way connected to Design so what do they learn?
How to work full time for bugger all?
Apart from very few examples I think they are exploitative and a waste of time and money especially considering the cost of college/Uni fees today.
I'm with @DAN on this one and I think sites like AIF should take a stance.