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When you think about all the things you could be doing for work, we have chosen to be designers (and such like) but are you really happy? if you didn't have to work... Would you, or is you love for design in it's many facets enough to keep you working? Where does it end for you or has it already but you just go through the motions.
I'm sure many of of us have found ourselves saying "fuck this" but continue... I remember reading somewhere that average person changes there career at least 3 times in there lifetime... i'm think i'm ready for porn now.
I'm pissed sitting at my desk wanting to go home...
I do this so I never have to work.
As soon as I have the funding i'm opening up a greenhouse. The most rewarding work ever.
I'm concerned that I rarely see designers over 45
maybe it's time for a change.
i left the design world years ago, mostly because i sucked, but i also realized my heart wasn't in it. love what i do now, but somedays i wonder if swinging a hammer and building things that were real would be a nice change.
i do this because:
• i enjoy solving problems with many factors
• i enjoy the psychology of advertising
• sitting back and looking at something beautiful i've made is one of the greatest pleasures in life
• i'd be a painter but there's no money in it; in design i can support myself and enable a lifestyle other than "starving artist"
• the IQs of the people i work with in this industry are typically far above the norm
• i like making bulleted lists
If I dropped the big lottery win or something I wouldn't work. But I'd still do things creatively. All those projects I've scribbled about in my note books over the years that I've never had the time to really get my teeth into them.
Maybe I'd study a particular thing for a while and attempt to become world champion in that event/thing - a video game or a bar game. Something like that.
It's funny isn't...To most my mates they think that i'm the luckiest sod on the planet but when i try to explain that a job is just a job and that i too have bull shit days, they call me a cunt and reckon i'm just whinging for the sake of it.
I've known folks who shoveled shit for a living and were more than happy to do it...
... so if you find yourself 'complaining in your head' that you hate your job where you get to be creative etc... ... remember that there are happy shit shovelers out there...
... then get over yourself.
i do this because it's the only thing i've been solidly good at for any reasonable amount of time.... but i spend all day at my desk wishing i could go learn the other things i want to be good at.
i want to live in london and be an apprentice on savile row, or go to fashion school.... but it all seems so far away.
having a hobby as a real job is great for me about 50% of the time.
What isn't great is every one of my friends earning more than me because they are city boys or sell other crap. That sucks. And as Vitamins says, designers disappearing around the 40+ age really bothers me. It's almost unspoken, it seems you set up on your own, get a director role or get the fuck out!
no other options
pb : voice of everyman
I do this (front-end engineering) because i make money at it, and can't [yet] make money doing what i really want to do, which is photography.
i am not happy with my current career.
If someone told me at art collage in 1991 I would be sitting at a computer 90% of the time dealing with computer code and only spending 10% of my time, if that, designing and being creative I would have walked out of collage there and then and done something different.
I do this because I'm okay at it (I'll never think I'm all that great), it's often enjoyable and it pays decent.
But if I could be a teacher and make the same rate, I'd bail any time.