Apparently, I’m a graphic designer, again.
For some history, I used to do some graphic design work about 8 years ago, when I worked for e-autobusiness. In fact, the website still has some traces of my design touch lingering, though it all feels rather confused now years of updates and I think a merger, but that’s sort of part for the course. I have a tolerable eye for composition and color but my very minimalist style (as you can see from the theme I’ve chosen for my blog) doesn’t tend to exist well in the typical business environment. Maybe I should have tried working for a Scandinavian company, my minimalism probably would have fit better there.
I was never more than a solid average or so but that was good enough to get some work and help me find my footing in a world where a broad skill set can keep work coming. Its been years since I’ve done any graphic design though. I found that as I focused more on being a software engineer I lost my eye for design more and more. Then a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine contacted me to help out with something for his job. He’s a pilot on the 757 for Allegiant Airlines and has been working on educating people on some new complex laws that if I’m honest I don’t really understand.
He was working on a training book and wanted the effort to be successful. He hoped to make sure the book felt properly branded and that it was organized in a way that’s easy to read and nice to see. I agreed to help him with it pro bono. I haven’t done much in the way of graphic design in a while and so the change of pace was nice.
25 or so hours of work and I really realized how out of practice I was but fortunately the people at his company were thrilled with the deliverable and so the goals were met on all sides. I got a chance to do something different and give my brain a break from the engineering thought process and he made a splash at his job.
I guess once you develop a skill it never goes away entirely, but I’m very glad I don’t work as a designer anymore. Even though creating a design is fairly interesting, implementing it can be pretty tedious.