Lately I've been looking back over the past few years and trying to remind myself how far I've come, especially as a designer. As a recent college grad it can be incredibly discouraging to continuously receive rejection emails from companies. It's frustrating not being able to break into an industry that you spent the last 4 years learning the ins and out of. So every now and then I take a step back and look at where I was just 3 years ago.
To be honest, 3 years ago I wouldn't have even called myself a designer. I was a student and completely incompetent when it came to design. I had changed my major after my first semester and barely got my feet wet in the design department my first year. I spent that first summer out of school watching youtube tutorials and fumbling my way through Illustrator. I don't think I was very successful at teaching myself so shoutout to art school.
I found this photo on my computer the other day of my first attempt at logo design (its not even a saved file because of 1. how bad it is and 2. I don't think I even knew what a JPEG was). It's pretty terrible, I know but thats exactly where I was in my design career 3 YEARS ago!! That's crazy to me.
When I went back to school my second year I was ready to hit the ground running. I knew I had a lot to learn and I was excited to learn it. I didn't quite understand how much time I would spend "learning how to be a designer" before I was actually at a place where I was able to design with creative freedom. But I'll never forget that feeling when my work went from just trying to meet the requirements of a project to actually executing creative ideas.
Fast forward a few years, I took another stab at that logo. I laugh because I've come so much further in those years than I give myself credit for sometimes. Even though post grad life has been tough, I've gotta believe that I'm tougher. If I can go from having absolutely no idea what I'm doing to actually making money as designer in just a few years, I can only imagine how much more I'll grow over the years to come.