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What I’ve been up to…
I’ve left my comfortable, corporate job. It has been a good one year, 9 months of sitting in a cubicle doing monotonous work 90% at the time. It got me enough money to move out, but I used corporate time to surf Reddit and look through design blogs and podcasts (such as 99% Invisible) to keep myself sane. 8 hours of sales brochures and e-mailers are definitely not inspiring at all.
Since the end of January, I’ve been working on my portfolio. Job searching is slow, and admittedly I do not have everything organised because of my ways of working and procrastinating.
What I’ve learned so far…
I hated working in the corporate environment. I suppose I’ve given them the best work and value for their money, but in the end I was not satisfied with office politics and the nature of work that I had to do. I was stressed out as a result, and ultimately resulting in rage quitting blaming it all on Adobe Illustrator, losing 6 hours of work after a software crash.
What to do next?
Recently, I’ve had a bit of an epiphany when I volunteered my time to do social media for an event for Toronto350.org, an environmental organisation campaigning for #divestment in endowment funds from the University of Toronto. The event raised awareness for climate change through their use of internet memes – pop culture appropriations with messages of humour ”an idea, style or action which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet, as with imitating the concept.” (wiki)
I felt a renewed sense of responsibility as a designer to do something different and experimental as a result.
M1X1X1 for 2014
I hope to create some exciting projects and expand upon what I’ve already posted on tumblr. I am in the process of making my personal website, but I haven’t started it at all. I’d like to do something different.
M1X1X1 will transition beyond Scarborough; I’ve been living in the neighbouring Borough of East York for the last 6 months, and I hope to post personal projects that reflect on the geographical shift.
In the pipeline, there will be some exciting things going on with my creative partner Tina Matei – Suburban Children or SUCH. We haven’t set up a site yet, so follow us on the twitters. Our first project will be dealing with Economics explained through Relationships.
I will continue to post work that deals with the built environment, of course it’s all the matter of just doing them and not procrastinating about.