Posted 26.12.2015 @ 11.58AM (Edited 26.12.2015 @ 11.58AM)
haha @Scotty you don't come across as pretentious and I encourage your self expression in answering my questions. People go to the gym because it gives them a place to be methodical about exercise, which is very important. Running on a treadmill can't compare to running outside in the free air, but it's still healthier than not running at all.
@Cheli, I don't really know where I sit at the moment.
Posted 18.12.2015 @ 2.27PM (Edited 18.12.2015 @ 2.32PM)
Now that I have your attention I would like to ask you something, but first I will preface the question with a little background:
I've been noticing a lot lately than most of the designers I know are disenchanted with their careers for all sort of reasons but the main reasons I've heard that have become a pattern are:
1. They feel like they are just greasing the wheels of capitalism and not making a difference in the world.
2. Sedentary lifestyle: most designers spend a lot of time working on personal projects (or generally being computery people) so they can stay passionate which means they end up spending twice along not being active.
3. Annoying clients: This is a very broad subject and there are all sorts of variables, but it still comes up all the time.
4. They were really artists who craved self expression and thought graphic design was an appropriate channel for it, but found out they were wrong in their particular case.
My question is: Do you love what you do? Maybe on scale of 1 to 10 you could leave a reply.
1 = You are on the verge or a burnout/mental breakdown/career change.
10 = You bounce out of bed in the morning excited about the design challenges ahead.
Any other anecdotes, stories, opinions or rants are most welcome.
Posted 18.12.2015 @ 12.25PM
I've seen students complete the Cert IV Shillington course and come out the other side with really great portfolios. What you get out of it will depend on what you put in and of course whether or not you have a talent and develop a passion for graphic design!
Posted 18.12.2015 @ 12.07PM
If you want to continue being a designer, find the type of design you enjoy doing most for the type of clients you believe in and align with.
As a graphic designer it's wise to find a balance between what you need to earn to survive; and the sort of work you do and don't want to do. The 'cooler' the work, the less impressive your salary or invoice total will probably be. The more high profile and corporate roles tend to pay more but be less fulfilling, at least in my experience.
Personally, working on projects that I enjoy and find creatively satisfying and fulfilling while earning less is much more rewarding than working in a stuffy office for long hours to earn more money.
Forget about awards and fast paced agencies. So many designers who appear to be at the top are miserable and burn out regularly.
Graphic design can be seen as grease on the wheels of capitalism for the disenchanted. It's not what most of us dreamed of when we set out to become designers and it's pretty easy to become negative about it for many reasons.
It's never too late to make a career change. It's never too late to make a life change. It's never too late to make an attitude change. Maybe you could make all three.