Hours Worked: 10:00 - 6:00
Summary and Notes:
Today I had a revelation. There is not enough of a power complex in the design industry for me to want to pursue design as a career. The first few days here, I was very engaged and interested, and while I'm still interested, and not for lack of things to do, I've begun to grow bored. The majority of what I do is work at a computer, whether it be researching or creating, and that's nice in moderation, but not for the majority of my time. I need to feel like I'm solving a problem and creating something big and multifaceted that's going to have impact, but more than that, I need to feel like I'm in charge.
All School Exhibition is a really good example of this - from my little bubble, it feels intense, important, and more than a little cutthroat - it's also my favourite time of year. The two weeks leading up to All School combine extreme pressure with a unique leadership challenge, I absolutely thrive because of it.
Design still holds some appeal to me because it can demand similar problem solving and creative skills - plus, I am always a slut for a nice typeface and minimalist graphics - but not at the same level that it has been demanded from me before. Also, the designers I know are fantastic - I adore the people that I am working with here, they're absolutely brilliant, and they've shown me a fascinating and unique view into the design industry. I could see myself working in the design industry in a similar role to Gillian - running the company, managing clients and contracts and finances - but as far as an being an actual designer, probably not. On some level, graphic design is basically art with a long list of conditions and a whole lot more homework.
I can't help feeling like I was born to be an executive, not an artist.