Last updated on September 23rd, 2021
Happy New Year to you all and especially to the graphic designers since this blog is dedicated to them. So, what professional resolutions have you made for the New Year in order to move your career to the next stage as a designer? Surely, you have learnt lessons both from the mistakes you made and from the success you tasted last year. Resolutions are usually based on the past year’s success or failures. After all, it is all about learning the lessons and moving on in life with new vigor for a successful career.
In case, you have not decided on what resolutions to make, we list here the resolutions made by leading graphic designers to help you make a firm decision and unleash your success mantra in the New Year.
Matt (H) Booth —- I Wish To Do More Projects
Matt [H] Booth is a little disappointed by his performance as a graphic designer in the year 2014. This 40-year-old designer wanted to do some new kind of work and wished to divert from the routine design assignments he was getting. He was also planning to have his own studio. But he could not realize this dream last year and now in the New Year, his resolution is to do: “More personal, self-initiated projects, and turn these projects into real products, whatever form that takes. More collaborations with people that interest me, that can add another dimension to my work or take me to new places.”
He is determined to: “Basically, do more stuff. The more I do, the more fulfilled I’ll be as a designer and the happier I’ll be in life. The great thing about our wonderful creative industry is that we can make these changes, we don’t have the constraints and one dimensional work path other experience in other industries.”
Nick Abadzis — I Would Like To Do More Graphic Drawing
Nick Abadzis was busy writing last year then drawing. He is both a writer and a graphic designer. He wrote a 200 page YA graphic novel.
This year, however, he intends to spend more time drawing than writing. He would like to do more doodles and life drawing. He says that drawing is as vital to him as breathing.
Fred Deakin — Look Forward To Working With People I Like
Fred Deakin had a bitter experience of working for the projects that ended up being a total waste of creative energy. He also was not adequately compensated despite the promises made by the clients.
So, learning the lessons, Fred has already planned his moves for 2015. He intends to work only with the people he likes. He says, “I’ve learned a lot and had a great time working with clients from many diverse backgrounds that I had no obvious connection with …This year I’m trusting my instincts more: saying yes to projects if I feel that spark, no matter what their profile or budget is, and saying no when it doesn’t feel right, regardless of the state of my bank balance.”
Jeffrey Bowman – I Want To Be More Selective In Picking The Work
Holly Sims – I Want To Go Back To The Basics
“Going back to that way of working and mixing it with the things I’ve learnt over the past few years should help build upon my style in the coming year. I’ve even bought a screen printing set, something I haven’t done since A level, I can’t wait to get stuck in!“—says Holly Sims about her plans for 2015