A lot of things have happened since I last wrote around here. As you could see from my last update, I got furry little friend, named Isolde. It's been almost a year since then, which still boggles my mind. She's a handful and an annoyance at times, but she's always a great companion.
A few people have come and gone in my life, some relationship-wise, others quite literally. I've had a few brief flings, let some friends go, made some new friends, and lost a family member. It has caused me to reflect a lot on my circumstances and goals in life. Which leads to this next part.
2 years ago I quit my job at a small web design agency to work for Western Digital (WD). This was a very big change for me. I had worked at a large company before, but this was on a global scale with a BILLION customers worldwide that would be put on my shoulders. Like with most new jobs it was intimidating and inspiring at first. I got to work with people who were more experienced (re: not fresh out of school) and do more focused design that wouldn't span the short length of a contract but for years. Looking back, it has been a rough road traveled with ups and downs. Moments of glee and stretches of anxiety. There were times I put my job in jeopardy, had depression, avoided work and felt like I had lost all passion for designing. But in the end it taught me a lot about hard work and passion in general. It also taught me a lot about the differences between small companies and corporations. I can't tell you how much long and hard work I put into projects that were either reigned back from creativity as much as possible just for the sake of "playing safe" or scrapped entirely. It was frustrating and eye opening as to why so many big companies fail to push boundaries while startups are exploding everywhere. I had resigned myself to push through my work as best I could long enough to finish something
worth putting in my portfolio. But, ironically, at the tail end of the latest design efforts, days before we were officially signed off, the company decided group layoffs were necessary and I was unfortunately let go in September.
After spending a few weeks on myself, enjoying the freedom that was unceremoniously thrust upon me, I hit the ground hard looking for a new job. I updated my resume, portfolio
and started ye ol' job hunt. This time around I knew what I wanted, had a big name to back up my resume, and something to show for it ...
Now, you may have noticed from my gallery that I have a penchant for making stuff for Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. There's a good reason for that!
My first introduction to the world of design and photo editing was at 9 years old
. My dad brought home a copy of Photoshop 2.0
(that's from early 1990s for those that don't know) from his job one evening. From that point on I have spent countless hours over more than 20 years using Photoshop and other Adobe products. At one point I was even teaching to students as a special guest in college trying to pass along the tips and tricks I had taught myself. So it's fitting now that I can proudly say that I have finally made one of my dreams come true, by becoming a designer at Adobe
With that said, I know I haven't really been active for a long time because of everything that has happened this year, and I realize that is not likely going to change. I want to spend less time online and more time doing things in real life, and creating stuff for my own enjoyment. Things I can't do if I'm worrying about my online presence across multiple websites constantly. So from now on, if I post anything, it's going to be on my dribbble
It was fun and thank you all!From the lobby at Adobe