Without a formal design education, I've hustled to learn the most I can from books, online resources, and peers. Oh, you need a logo? I'll give it a shot. Need a website? I'll just learn to code... it can't be that hard, right? That's been the story of my career so far. Heck, this site you're looking at is proof. I had a crazy idea the day before the contest was over and decided to stay up all night designing, writing, and developing. When inspiration strikes it may feel like magic, but what comes next is often a lot of hard work.
Design isn't just about aesthetics and beauty. It's about communication, goals, and moving an audience. You can't reach someone if you don't understand what makes them tick. And empathy doesn't just make us better designers—it makes us better humans. I'm trying my best to serve people by solving problems.
Collaboration involves creativity. And critique. Whether pleasant or painful, the process is just as important as the product. Talent is temporary—you'll need a team for the long haul. Remember, even MJ had Pippen and Rodman.
Honestly, it took me a long time to realize this. I used to define my value by what clients, consumers, or other creatives had to say. But I've learned that my work doesn't define my worth. The more objective I've become, the less of an object I've become. And once I stopped comparing, I instantly became more caring. Not just to others but myself.
I've met so many of my peers through Dribbble and social media. It's incredible how online feedback can evolve into an offline friendship. I'm proud to be a part of a community that is overwhelmingly positive and humble. I would not be where I am today (nor will I get there tomorrow) without this community of fellow craftsman.