Friday, September 08, 2006


So yesterday, I get an assignment which I was told was to be completed for Monday. Mind you I hadn't spoken to the client personally to get an idea of what they wanted, but was passed information from the art director. So by the end of the day, I have several pages of ideas I will work up. But then, at 5:00, we need to rush and send finished products over to the client. I had directions, but no real finished product. The art director had been working on this as well, and between the teo of us we scraped together 4-5 things to send.

This morning, I get to work and he wants to speak with me. He explains that if I am given all day to work on a project, I should have something more to show than sketches. Yes, he knows the given deadline was Monday, but yadda yadda yadda. Fine, I hear that.

Then, he speaks with the client, who didn't like our work at all. He was expecting finished high quality work. And he wanted a totally different direction that the one the art director had pushed me towards. I had been working on several things which would have better expressed the direction the client was looking for. So while I was slow, I was right! Grrrr! And why wasn't I included in the initial conversation with the client to begin with?

But this whole business only pushes me again to think long and hard about this job - am I really doing what what is the best for me? This seems to be more practical from several perspectives. And while I can usually do a decent job, I'll never be a world famous graphic designer but thats perfectly fine with me. But is this really the best use of my talents and skills? Art and design are ok, but is that really my passion? I think I already know the answer to that: no. But is it still the best career choice? Maybe. I have been struggling with this for a while. I'm not quite sure how to come to a decision. Any suggestions?

In other news, I seemed to have pulled something in my foot while hiking on Monday. I limped around the grocry store last night, getting food for Shabbos.

Enjoy your Shabbos, all!


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