On Being a Designer
via: David Airey
Are you still a designer if you’re not designing? I’ve asked myself that a lot this year. I recently mentioned that I had a job interview for a design position that I was really excited about. The company decided they were not able to fill the position at this time and instead approached me for freelance opportunities. Our negotiations fell through and I am left without the job or the client. So I ask myself again, am I still a designer when I’m not designing? For the last year, I’ve been supporting myself at a temp job doing what is basically data entry. Only recently, I got a promotion. Now instead of being a temp, I’m a full time employee of the company with all the benefits that entails. While it is nice to get a raise and not have to worry about getting laid off, I can’t help but feel like I’m going in the wrong direction. I saw this book art on Pinterest and it resonated with me. I may not have my dream job, but I am happy to have a job. I work for money. I design because I love it. Until the day that I can support myself with design, that’s going to have to be enough.