Below, Dan Gilbert answers some questions about his career field and explains why he joined (and continues to participate in) the Work It Daily community.
Why I work #everyday
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As a graphic/web designer and illustrator, I have always had a great passion for learning and creativity. Growing up in the Chicago area, I love any opportunity to take the bus downtown to the city’s bookstores, galleries, museums, and parks to find a day’s worth of inspiration in my sketchbook.
The diversity of cities like Chicago and, more recently, Seattle has allowed me to hone my communication skills to connect with people of many backgrounds and experiences.
Given the challenges presented by today’s competitive job market, I believe in the importance of both keeping mind and body healthy and keeping your skills current and relevant. With #workitdaily, it’s not just about getting a job. It’s about the community of employers and job seekers and the relevant knowledge they provide.
Benefits of Being a Graphic/Web Designer
The main benefits of working as a graphic/web designer/illustrator are the joy of applying my talents and knowledge, the joy of using tools like Adobe’s Creative Suite, and client satisfaction upon completion.
Work-life balance for graphic/web designers
Work, exercise, diet, meditation, adequate rest, and a healthy social life are equally important to reducing stress and increasing productivity, so it’s important for me to be self-aware throughout the day. I also use an interval timer like Pomodoro, to ensure I hit the pause button periodically.
Reasons to Work in the Graphic Design Industry
My reasons for working in this industry are solving problems of a creative or technical nature and finding solutions that improve my work and myself.
Advice for graphic/web designers
Keep your mind open, explore areas beyond your limits, and seek knowledge that leads to empathy. By doing this, you improve yourself and your work relationships.
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