Hello Humans of the internet! We’ve made it to Friday. It was my first full week at my new job. This is the week of things not going to plan. On Monday, I had originally planned to talk about the eclipse and didn’t. On Wednesday, I had originally planned to talk about how odd humanities joint obsession with the sky is and didn’t. Today I hand wrote a post about handwriting with dyslexia, but my scanner is broken, so I can’t post it. That is honestly, probably for the best because, no one would be able to read it. Anyway, I figured today would be as good a day as any to talk about my new job as its the only thing working out right now.
First of all, I am really and truly excited about this job. The first couple of days all I was doing was making copies and redoing perfectly functional forms. But yesterday and today, I got to start doing graphic design. So, far all two customers have liked my work which I’m really excited about.
One thing that’s been bugging me is why didn’t I major in graphic design in college? I minored in art and took classes on it. I’ve always loved it. (My mom is a graphic designer and taught me Correl Draw when I was little.) I’m working on Adobe Illustrator now and I find it to be a super intuitive program, but I’ve never used it until two days ago. It’s some serious on the job training. So far my mom has been my best resource for learning the new program. I’ve had so many questions, which she patiently answers and I write down every word so that I don’t forget it. I have a little note book of all the things that I have to remember. If any of you know any tips for Adobe Illustrator, I’d love the help!
Don’t think there won’t be a dysadventure for today though. My boss cut numbers for football jerseys out of vinyl. By that I mean he started the machine and then left while I prayed that the machine didn’t spontaneously break while I was the only one in the room. It didn’t and I was told to ensure that the numbers were backwards (they have to be so that they come out forwards on the jersey) and bring them to the back where my boss was waiting. I would first like to point out that it was technically not my mistake. You are supposed to mirror the image before cutting it out (which as I mentioned my boss started the cutter, which means he didn’t mirror it.) Anyway, I looked down at the numbers…I didn’t know if they were backwards or forwards. So, I trusted that the boss had done it properly and brought it to him in the back where he was waiting not so patiently to heat press it.
A few minutes later, the phone in the front office rang. The secretary came and told me that I had to recut the design and this time be sure to check it. So, that was fun. It was right. And I learned how to use the cutter on the fly with no help.
It sounds like I’m complaining, but I really do love my job. I love designing and I can’t wait to do more. Everyday is an adventure.
I hope that you all have great weekends.
much love, AK