Despite my BFA in graphic design, commercial design work hasn’t held my interest as much as I once thought it would, yet opportunities to flex my design creativity have still cropped up throughout past years. From creating company identities and logos to simple ad layout, I’ve picked-and-chosen design tasks that I feel I can accomplish in a successful and meaningful way.
Though I don’t work in it every day, I do enjoy many aspects of design; few creative projects can be as fulfilling as when a layout begins to work after a seemingly minor change gives the project an entirely different feel. And having the formal training to know when and where to apply such a change is a powerful creative tool. Though the most relevant and useful application of my degree has been in working as an author, and it goes beyond just knowing how to use the layout software. Understanding how a spread is designed and what is and isn’t possible has been immensely helpful, and, though I rarely get the design credit, several of my books were completely designed and laid out by myself.