I have recently had the opportunity of working as a Web/Graphic Designer for a local government business called WVNET. Little did I know that most of what I would be doing was Web/Application Design.
I honestly had never done much in the way of Web Design. Most of the time, it was just tidying up someone else's work to make it look prettier. I had had the opportunity to work on Trinity Christian School's (my highschool) and Covenant Christian School (the school of which my Dad is the headmaster), but as I said, I was just fixing graphics and applying prioritization to the content.
Enter WVNET. I have always accepted challenges head-on and thought myself a fast learner. But, never before have I learned so much in such little time (not to mention that I was still a full-time student). I have never enjoyed anything so much. Sometimes I work until my head can't take it any longer. This is an incredibly exciting medium to be working in and I can't wait to see what I can create.
My most recent adventure
I have always been very interested in digital graphic design. Even as a 9-year-old I was making complex images and animations using Microsoft Paint (Several Microsoft Paint bitmap images + Windows Slideshow = Money).
Over the years, I have (thankfully) graduated from Microsoft Paint and have experience with all of the industry standard software. I learned the basics of graphic design early in High school and developed a passion for beauty and elegance in design.
I have now learned from some of the best in the field and continue to seek out new ways to enhance my performance: whether it be what software I use (Photoshop vs. Illustrator) or how I organize my files, folders and layers to make my projects more maintainable and scalable. I am constantly setting the bar higher and can't wait too see what new techniques I will discover.
My bread and butter
My favorite aspect of digital design is logo work. It sends chills down my arms when I think about capturing the essence of a business or organization in a single, distinct image. I love taking the ideas apart and putting them back together again in different ways, searching for the niche that shouts their name.
I see logo design as a deep subconscious form of communication that must presently speak every time that someone looks on it. The logo is nothing without the idea and entity that it represents, and vice versa.
I love to put so much meaning into my logos that, even after someone has seen it several hundreds of times, they can still say, "Wow, I never saw that before."