God: The ultimate designer.
Don’t Settle For Titles.
Just graduating from college 6 months ago, I’ve noticed how much I’ve taken to a sense of status, or title within work. I am a UI/UX Designer for a creative agency called THE PROGRAM. I love what I do and whom I’m doing it for but it CAN’T stop there.
If all we were doing was hard work for a title and cred points from our peers I’d argue we’ve cut ourselves short. I mean, what’s the difference between a job title and a dog breed? Pace, speed, mind, body, soul? It’s like we’re all the same while being a bit different. I’d pose that it’s not what your resume says you are, but who and how you introduce yourself to the world, stating what you stand for as a designer.
Showing up to work is key, but do things that will further your beliefs beyond that and outside of work. Don’t sell yourself short by taking the mentality of a typical college kid just getting by; doing only the work asked to do. Now I didn’t do more homework than asked to complete, but I busted my butt outside of school to network, take on freelance, and meet people in the PDX design industry.
If we don’t put in the extra effort of work, how can we expect to lead someday. Maybe you’d rather follow?
Either way, YOU are the one in control of how much work/play you take on and how you put good into the world. Design is extremely powerful, and it’s time we rise up and take on the true responsibility of a problem solver….we can only do that by showing we’ve invested our blood, sweat, and tears over what we do, and how we do it. The world is encouraged by the fearless, and the whole world is watching for what we put out. That’s a status to take seriously…
-Greg Becker / www.iambecker.com
Brand Consistency: a 101 “duh” reminder.
You could call me OCD. Design might have been a mistake delve into for occupation, or the best decision in regards to my natural making sure I’m on always on top of detail. Now, of course I’m not perfect, but I do try to see every problem within a design and seek to conquer accordingly.
I understand now that the biggest part of my mind that this plays out in is within my own branding and representation of my business. I think it’s essential to seriously own your stuff when it comes to creating the real “you” in terms of standing out in a sea of mediocrity.
Sweet Chalk design time-lapse.
“My Role As A Designer”
I’ve always dabbled with technology to create things. I guess my love for making movies, recording music, and playing around in Photoshop really drove me to what I call myself today; a designer. I explore and dabble with various forms of design, however (to the common folk), professionally I call myself a web designer. Within my industry I’m known as a user experience designer and front end developer, however it’s all branched under the large creative umbrella of “INTERACTIVE MEDIA”.
What motivates you? What inspires you? Why do you do what you do? We all have to ask ourselves this question when first getting into a field like design. We are all inspired by certain things in this life, and finding out what exactly that is and how to keep up within that inspiration isn’t always a straight-forward and obvious path to carve.
Friday Feature #3
Felicia Cantu | http://feliciacantu.com/
As a now licensed Apparel Contractro for Nike, Felicia kills Portland competition with her amazing typographic, and illustrative style. I graduated with this girl, and being a little sass, she’ll blow you away with how good she is. Guess Nike golf-clapped to that reality :) Get at her!
Friday Feature #2
Jeremey Fleischer | http://www.dribbble.com/jeremey | @blkdrp
Jeremey is one of the most talented dudes I know as far as design goes. The man is a legend on Dribbble and is now making waves and creating eye-gasmicosms in the wake of an awesome designer based company called Visual Supply Co. Check him out, follow him, learn him!
Friday Feature #1
This cat is one of my best buds within the industry. He’s killing it over at Emerge Interactive right now, and has a keen sense of clean minimalism to create beautiful experiences. His skills speak for themself, and he’s an overall awesome guy. Eat it up.
The Friday Feature // Creative Profile Gallery
I’m going to start doing what I’m calling FRIDAY FEATURES. This is an effort to create hype for great designers, developers, creatives, etc. These people are friends, colleagues, co-workers, and anyone who I really feel is nailing it within the industry right now. I’m going to mostly focus on people around Portland though, to spread hype within our own community. Enjoy!