I'm on the mend from a fierce cold, which took me out of the game for about a week. Being sick over a long weekend is incredibly frustrating for me. All that free time wasted, sleeping and medicating instead of being productive. I did spend a lot of time thinking, in between naps, about current projects and the blog.
My university degree is finally reaching it's end, so I've been able to focus a little more on my freelance business. I've purposely kept the freelance workload low, to be able to give my school work my full attention. Now that my course load is almost at it's end, the workload isn't as heavy making it easier to focus on projects. I've been able to pick up a couple jobs that have been really fun to work on. No details just yet, as the projects are still developing. I hope to reveal finished products very soon.
With school being almost done, I will be advertising and working more on the blog, as well as promotional material. I have some great blog ideas for the future, as well as some fun ad designs planned. The blog and the facebook page have been pretty sparse, but the plan is too change that, now that there is more time to give to it. I may even work on the website! No promises though.
I have come to terms with the fact the my coding skills are just not there, but it is better to not be a jack of all trades, and master of none. I do want to force myself to work on the website, to strengthen my skills, and have a fully functioning web presence, but I will say the website is not my priority at this point. That being said, I can design the look of a website, if you are interested in that particular service. I can help you find the look for you or your business, and collaborate with some great local designers who are more coding oriented. I know quite a few skilled coders that would be interested.
I've had a few discussions lately about collaboration, and the jack of all trades concept. In design school, you are exposed to many avenues that a young design student can branch into, but the expectation is to master them all. That was my expectation, anyway. When I was finished school, I was very much in the mind set that I needed to be able to do it all; coding, photography, illustration etc. It's a great goal to work towards, to better your skill in all aspects, but I've realized it's also a good idea to focus on specific areas and become a master of those specific skills. Maybe this comes from the fact that my coding skills suck, but the idea there is that I may be a great photographer, but a poor coder. I may know someone who is an excellent coder, but not so strong in other areas of design. Collaboration in this respect is great. It can be used as a learning opportunity, as well as a networking opportunity. Being able to bounce ideas off one another is great to get the creative juices flowing as well. It also builds a sense of community amoung designers and coders and anyone else in the creative field.
That's my interesting thought for the day. Since I don't have new work to sneak peek at the moment, I'll leave you with a look into an old sketch book of mine. I recently cleaned up some of my stacks of books and paper samples, and found some great sketchbooks from my time working for Science North.
Until next time...