You Might Be A Graphic Designer If…
By Alley Sordi | Notes from the Rock
My brother and I coloring.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
When I was 5 years old, I could easily answer this question. I wanted to be a teacher. However as I grew up and took on many different interests, this question became harder and harder to answer.
Eventually there came time where I was applying to colleges and had to choose a major that would reflect what I wanted to be. I didn’t like the pressure of having to choose one thing. I was interested and curious about almost everything!
At the time I had been taking a digital art course at my high school and worked on a specific project; design a product, its brand and its packaging. I really enjoyed this class and felt there was so much more to learn so I made a split decision to choose Graphic Designer as “what I wanted to be”.
I attended a liberal arts school, got a degree in Digital Art and Design, and now I can say I happily hold a position as a graphic designer at Red Rock.
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure why being a graphic designer is such a great fit for me until I had to sit down and write this blog post, but I think I’ve figured it out!
You might also be a graphic designer if...
1. YOU GET BORED EASILY
When I find something that interests me, I tend to dive-in and give it my all until I find there’s nothing left to learn and it’s no longer challenging. It’s at that point where I become bored, lose interest and move on to something else.
The marketing and design world is constantly evolving. There’s always new technologies, strategies, platforms, etc. to stay on top of. This allows me to continuously learn and challenge myself, thus I never seem to be bored.
2. YOU LIKE LEARNING ABOUT NEW THINGS
The great thing about working for a marketing agency is that I’m constantly working with a wide variety of clients. Each time we take on a client, I get to learn a lot about a particular business and subject. For example, I now know more about psychosis from working with MindMap and rowing/racing shells from working with Vespoli.
3. YOU LOVE CREATIVE PROJECTS
There’s something fulfilling about going through the creative process of making something tangible, unique and different. Even though I design for clients, I am still able to express myself through my work. I also get the chance to creative problem solve and work with other creative people.
4. YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF EVERYDAY BEING DIFFERENT
For reasons previously stated, everyday at a marketing agency is different. Whether it’s designing new material, solving a client’s problem or working past an IT issue, there’s always something new in each day.
5. YOU WANT TO WORK FOR A COMPANY THAT SHARES YOUR VALUES
I appreciate working for a company whose values are aligned with mine. Red Rock works with nonprofits, health and wellness initiatives and other small to mid-size business that bring something positive to their surrounding communities. We really care about telling our clients’ stories, building communities and marketing in a way that is transparent and honest. Designing for a company like Red Rock allows me to really stand behind the work I produce.
The work environment at Red Rock is very collaborative. For the most part, every person on our team has a part in every project. We all come from different backgrounds and have different skill-sets so when we come together, we produce better results. I am able to to learn from and be challenged by my coworkers.
The Red Rock Team