At the beginning of every quarter I am always so excited about what I am going to learn. It always seems like just the right timing for me. I start feeling like I haven’t stretched my creativity at work, my mind wonders throughout the day and I crave being able to design. Then the quarter starts and I quickly find myself wondering what did I get myself into! Work inevitably gets busy, my home life gets busy and school get busy and I wonder what the heck am I doing? What I have found interesting, is as the end of the quarter nears, I start to reflect on the projects I’ve done and the conversations I’ve had with classmates and I get excited all over again for the next quarter. It’s so interesting to me that regardless of how stressed I get, I still find calm working on my school projects and I wonder how can I carry this over into my job? Is it the lack of limits in school that I find exciting? Is it that I don’t have to worry about the number of hours I’m charging to a project for design? I’m not sure, but I do know that at least in my current position, there is something that does not carry over from my education experience into my professional experience. Is it the same situation for others in the field? If so, I wonder what can we do to change this? Do we need to help non-designers understand the value of design exploration? I find design is a difficult line item to convince a client to invest in during a large project. Research, programming, printing, etc all seem to be rationale expenses, but “design exploration” not so much. Again, I think about his at the end of almost every quarter and I want to try and find a meaningful way to integrate it into my daily job.
GRDS 701 – Unit 7 – Blog 2: Nearing the end of the Quarter
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