What I do for a Living

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I recently had a conversation with someone who had no idea what I do for a living, so I thought I would just put it out there that I am a graphic designer.  I didn't exactly go to school for design, although I did take a couple of classes in Photoshop and InDesign. The real learning began during my first job out of college. My role as a Communications Coordinator gave me a wide range of experience in the field of communications, including writing articles, interviewing people, writing press releases, updating the website, and designing a variety of promotional materials.

Like most things in life, it's always obvious what you don't enjoy. So, I quickly decided that journalism and PR were not going to be my career of choice. However, graphic design was one of my favorite aspects of the job. If you had the opportunity to look at all of the pieces I designed during the two years I worked there, you would definitely notice the progression of my work. My boss and I used to laugh about how different the first issue of our newsletter was compared to the last issue when it came to the layout and design. (I'll have to try to find them and post them later!)

Three jobs later and I somehow still have the same title of Communications Coordinator, but now I'm at a church with over 3,000 people.  My job is multi-faceted, but I spend the vast majority of my time designing. I get to create promotional materials for a wide range of events and a variety of audiences. I've definitely gained a lot of experience and constantly am growing as a designer. 

Ultimately, I'm learning that I have a passion for design in general. I think as you read my blog, you'll notice the trend of home design, graphic design, and my love for anything that's designed well (storefronts, branding, packaging, wrapped Christmas gifts, notebooks with fun patterns, and pretty stationery). I am certain that design of some variety will be a part of my future, although I don't plan on only doing graphic design and I'm definitely hoping it will come with a new job title! :)

Want to see some of my work? Click here to go to my portfolio on flickr.
(Disclaimer: I have it on my to do list to create a "real" online portfolio, but so far it has seemed a little daunting with my limited html skills. Hopefully sometime this year I will finally launch one... of course, I'll keep you posted!)


  1. Glad to see you back at the blog! Can't wait to see what you do this year!


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