Project—Away! Plus The End of Freelancing

I do so love when I get to hand a project over to a client.

Not necessarily because I’m eager to let it go (my baby!), but because I love seeing my designs go into the hands of people who will fill them up with the things that make them unique. A project handoff is a moment of minds melding, and, if you’ll pardon my nerdiness, it makes me super happy.

But yes! If you’ll recall, I shared the general designs I made for an opera singer who I can now say is Sophia Mortensen. Sophie and I completed her training yesterday, and I handed the site over to her to fill as she needs. Naturally, I’m going to be around over the next few weeks to help her should she need anything, but I’m happy to see her happy with the prospect of her future with the site. I’ll be sure to share Sophie’s live site as soon as she has all her content up.

With the completion of this last freelance project, I am now officially unemployed!

Yay?

I have been freelancing for about a year and a half, and, honestly, I had a good run. I was fortunate enough to have a steady stream of clients the entire time, taking off time as I wanted. Like most freelancers, I really enjoyed the freedom of schedule and the wide variety of projects I got to work on. I’ve worked with a huge healthcare communications conglomerate, a public health non-profit, a for-profit company selling medical devices to seniors, a day care, a real estate agency, and numerous individuals—all who had different needs, design aesthetics, budgets, and goals. It’s been a really fun ride, and I’ve gotten to stretch my design legs and learn a lot.

But while freelancing really fit where I was a year and a half ago, I knew it wasn’t going to be forever. I want to own and run my own web dev shop one day, and to do that effectively, I need to have experience outside flying solo. Even before I freelanced, I was a solo creative, and I want to experience the other side of the coin. I need to before I can move forward in my plans.

The other component is much simpler: a great deal of my freelance work was graphic design, and my heart is in web experiences. It has been since I was a kid and will be until something better replaces it.

So here we go on the job hunt! Though they say looking for a job is a full time job, that’s not all I’m going to do be doing. When I’m not scouring the Internet for positions and painstakingly putting together applications, I will be polishing up my skills. I’m currently doing a front end development online course to fill in some gaps in my knowledge that I’ve been wanting to fill for a while.

Because no one understands how superior Adobe Illustrator is (long is my suffering…), I’m also going to be refining my workflow in Photoshop over the next few weeks. In a similar vein, I’m also going to train myself in a couple of different prototyping software. I’ve already put some time into Axure, and am exploring Innervision right now, but, I have to say, I’m pretty curious about what Adobe XD has to offer. Of course, there is the omnipresent Sketch. I’ll have to cram as much learning into its one week free trial as I can!

I’m really looking forward to getting a sense of what’s out there. Learning new tech is one of my favorite things about being a designer, so I’m anxious to get through my list!

To facilitate said learning, I also have a couple of other projects going on, both of which are a lot of fun. I’m sure I’ll be updating y’all on that as I move forward with them, so expect to see more on those later!

G.