|Photo by Fleur de Lys Blazquez (humor added by me)|
Let me take you back to November 2010 when I first enrolled at school.
The only design programs I knew were bits and pieces of Photoshop Elements and my Microsoft Publisher. You could say Publisher was my first love...
I was introduced to it when I started my first real job as a real estate office secretary. I redesigned all of the flyer templates they were using and was soon in high demand for my flyer-makin' skills. It was great practice for me, and set me up to design lots of higher-end marketing materials at my next job. I was convinced I could conquer any design job with Publisher.
When I left my job to start school I not only had to get used to using a Mac, but also had to familiarize myself with an entirely new set of confusing programs. It took lots of learning, an enormous amount of patience,
The moment happened at work on Friday when my boss asked me to put together a quick flyer for a charity event that night.
I responded with a quick, "No problem!" and immediately wondered what program I would use. I figured I could throw something together in Publisher like old times... how bad could it be?
With the remaining hour of my shift ticking by, I tried to get situated at his unfamiliar laptop and started rummaging through the Publisher templates.
"Ugh, these are hideous!" I thought to myself.
After moments of searching I gave up all hope on finding a decent template and decided to use a blank canvas.
I started randomly tossing some images and text around the page, but everything in my mind was telling me this was wrong. Every click of the mouse was making me frown a little bit more, every non-working hot key made my face a little hotter, and with each hesitant look around for a simple tool I became more and more annoyed.
"THIS PROGRAM EFFIN' SUCKS!" my mind silently screamed. "Where's my tools? My precious panels? And my layers! WHERE ARE MY LAYERS?!" I angrily shouted at Publisher, who now resembled an old, fat, and balding version of my high school crush.. did I honestly think it would be the same?
I couldn't do it.... I couldn't bare spending one more second in that program.
"Get me OUT of here!" my subconscious begged. I listened.
I went to my boss and explained the flyer would turn out much better and would be done in less time if he allowed me to go home early and create it on my laptop.
He chuckled at my snobbery, and after seeing I was dead serious, he nodded his head in agreement.
Thank the LORD.
Show time... time to prove myself to my boss who I've been struggling to impress for the last few months. I rushed home on an intense caffeine high, flung through my door, plopped down with my laptop, turned on Pandora, and after an hour spent with my nose in my Mac and Adobe CS5 at my fingertips, I sent a pretty PDF full of custom shapes, colors, blending modes, and perfectly aligned typography for him to review.
"WOW! This looks GREAT!" he exclaimed over the phone.
"You bet your ass it looks great..." I snorted in my head.
After I calmed down from the rush of adrenaline, I wondered when I had become such a design snob? I've gone from being a PC lover to an Mac enthusiast... from a Publisher genius to an Illustrator junkie... from Clip Art user to Vector creator.
I know one thing... if being a design snob is wrong, I don't want to be right!
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Have you ever been snooty about your profession?
Do you find it annoying or motivating?
Hmmmm... do tell :)