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Has anyone here gone on to do a different job after design? After 10 years I still love graphic design, but sometimes the jobs all get a bit samey. It's rare that a really interesting challenge comes along.
Being well qualified in one field doesn't really transfer to other fields necessarily.
Would be interesting managing a brand from inside, working with creative agencies.
Or just do something really skilled, a craft, with your hands.
I quit design 5 years ago, mainly due to being sick of being stuck at a desk all day, and became a postman for two weeks, then a landscape gardener for almost a year. I finally realised that earning in one day at my desk what I was in a week breaking my back was not the best idea going forward.
i quit after 7 years of freelancing. made furniture for 2 years; did an apprenticeship at a workshop doing top-end wooden furniture, cabinet-making and joinery/finishing. i currently work for a property development company.
- i'm working on setting something up on my own (workshop) in the next 6 to 12 months. was gonna quit here sooner, but things change...sine
- sooner, but things change...sine
- Very cool story, bro. Srsly.stoplying
- Great stuff. Best of luck. If you have photos of your work, I'd love to see it.melq
- Did you get paid during your apprenticeship?bainbridge
- i got paid. not a lot though. i earn 3 times as much at the moment.sine
- @ melq this is where i worked http://tinyurl.com/p…sine
- started with the dirty work; glueing, sweeping, etc, but worked in all areas from raw timber prep to spraying.sine
- Did you have any previous experience before jumping into the apprenticeship?duckseason
- i always enjoyed woodwork, so i had messed around on my own. i also built skate ramps in highschool, so i could handle electric saws, etc.sine
- electric saws, planes, etc.sine
Sounds great Sine.
Not too far from Jesse's wooden box making dream in breaking bad.
I like the idea of using creativity with manual skill, like cabinet-making
I read somewhere being a woodworker is like the happiest profession.
A guy I grew up with was living in Queens married with two young kids. I think he was a developer or designer. He always wanted to make cheese, so he moved his family to a farm near Pittsburgh and he makes cheese. Milks cows and goats himself, total diy. I follow him on Instagram and he always posts some cool pics.
I want to run a bed and breakfast. More of a bed and dinner. Somewhere in the woods on a small private lake, hiking, kayaking, bikes to borrow, good library of books, communal dinner and a different well known chef one weekend a month. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Sort of a retreat from city life for people for a weekend. Sort of a rustic mid-century modern feel to it. I'd leave the current working world behind in a heartbeat if I had the money to get that going someday .
As much as I complain about my job, imagine being a lawyer or an executive of some BS company? I think it's human nature to not like working.
im going to become a cop and totally abuse my power
solving different types of problems rather than graphic ones, moved onto branding, digital strategy. now i want to do community based problem solving—turning old parks into summer theaters, getting science research i think is important published, &c
^ It would be nice to do something that helps people like this.
Seems like lots of good designers start in larger companies then work in smaller studios or start their own where they work on small time projects. The design is better and creative but doesn't reach a lot of people. The world doesn't need any more independent publishers, curators and book designers.
I have been contemplating working for Apple. God knows that Apple's amateurish iOS UI design needs a lot of help.
When opportunity knocks...
Me and my wife are discussing buying a small farm and going back to the earth, not working but growing just enough to survive while working on our hobbies,
we already cut on everything, the only thing that keeps us "modern" is our internet connection :)
i guess I've worked with design for some 2 or 3 years, then became an animator...and I'm addicted to this shit! and everything about it: animation, motion graphics, visual fx, editing, film making, and so on..
Not yet, but I dream of apprenticing at a custom furniture/carpentry/woodworking shop and just being a furniture-making bum for the rest of my life.
I find it particularly amusing (in my own case at least), that the week drags on sometimes and I'm ready for the weekend, but after a relaxing weekend, I *need* to get back to work. Having a sick day or being away from the office more than a day or two and I start to feel aimless. A bit sad, really, but I think it speaks to how much I enjoy this industry.
i just need to figure out a way to make money from posting on qbn
if i weren't so in love with my girl i'd quit the whole money game entirely and go back to the zen monastery and become a monk
- Maybe she'd go with?omahadesigns
- she would but i know it would be selfish of me, esp since it's not her thing. we wouldn't be allowed to be with each other there anywayscarabin
- anyway. and yeah mono, i lived there a couple weeks doing sesshin. i wanted to stay but i've too many attachments i guessscarabin
- What was it like? You think you could live there permanently?ukit2
- remove everything from your life except a robe, a cushion and a bowl. fill the rest with meditation. that's basically what it was like.scarabin
- it was really intense in some ways, really boring in others. but that's my life now. i think i could do it.scarabin
- I can understand the appeal in some ways. Removes all the complication from your life.ukit2
- I would only do it if I could also bring a large supply of psychedelic drugs :)ukit2
I always think it would be more fun to work in a print shop, like a high end one. But they always turn out to be like factories with business people running them and then like immigrants doing all the work.
All the college educated craftsmen only make furniture or things like glass art.
Designing, building and installing bespoke speaker and monitor systems into homes, clubs and studios. Engineering everything from the amps to the drivers, cabinets and installation rooms.