Growing As A Designer

Growing As A Designer

On New Years’ Eve of 2015, I was so excited to finally have time to sit down and put together ONE FULL BLOG POST. Up until that point, I only had 20 unorganized lists and ideas in Evernote.

So here it is, my first blog post. I hope you enjoy!

I’ve decided that I want this year to be different. I want to be more aware of what things I’m wasting my time on, and what I should be filling that precious time with. I want to focus on growing all around and building my career and health as best I can.

On a three hour road trip to Jackson, WY, I had no radio, no podcasts and no one to chat with. All I had was a lot of time to sit and contemplate what I wanted to do with a fresh new year. These 5 things were the ones that I remembered as being the most important to me when I finally got back to a computer.

  1. Start Blogging

    I read SO many articles and listen to 10+ podcast episodes per week, so I’ve got endless creative business ideas floating around in my head. Through this blog, I want to document these things and teach people what I’ve learned along the way.

    Drawing, hand lettering and calligraphy have also become a huge focus in my life in the past year, so I want to share all the new skills and tools I’ve discovered.  If I would have had one source I could have followed to learn all the small things about lettering, it would have made a huge difference. I want to make that difference for someone else, and give them the shortcuts I needed when I was first starting out.

  2. Draw More

    This last year was the most devoted I have ever been to drawing and lettering outside of college (where it was forced). Despite this being a very creative year, I want to focus on creating more work, more consistently. I know that if I can post every single day, or at least 5 days a week, my audience will multiply, which in turn will hopefully help me grow a business out of what I love to do! By drawing more, I’m also hoping to explore different types of media, get better overall while diversifying my style.

    I’ve realized that even though my focus is lettering and calligraphy, it’s becoming more and more important to make sure the photography on my social accounts are top notch. I know that I personally, write off any account that has low quality images, so I want to make sure that when I photograph my work, it’s interesting and beautiful to look at!

  3.  Communicate

    If you’re telling a compelling story through consistent blog and social media posts, you will automatically draw in an audience that has questions and comments about your field of study.
    My hope is to work harder to create a more interesting story, not only through social media, but also on my blog. I want to be able to chat more with my audience about their questions and current projects and reach out to others about things that I have questions about. There’s a wonderful community on Instagram, just waiting to be tapped into.

  4. Work Hard

    Lately, I have realized how precious the time is that we are given. It’s easy to go through a day and do nothing to grow as a person. I known I won’t look back and be glad I spend half an hour on social media every night. I’ll be proud when I think back to all the days I worked hard and completed things that helped me reach my goals, whether they are related to my career or lifestyle.

  1. Focus on the Big Picture

    It’s really easy for me to get stuck worrying about a day job or what I’m doing right this second, and not think about where I want to be in the next 10 years. I love being a graphic designer, but I have such a passion for lettering and drawing that I want to eventually share that with the world somehow. I’m still not totally sure what the big picture looks like for me, but I know it involves me building something for myself, whether that’s a business or achieving higher knowledge in my design career. Either way, I want to grow and learn as much as possible!

The five things that I’ve chosen to help my person growth all come down to working hard and focusing my free time on what I want to get out of life.

How would you take these and apply them to that goals you’re trying to achieve?

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