For those of you that don't know or haven't read my resume, I didn't start out as an IT geek...I mean sure, I've always been a computer geek, even as a little kid when my Dad brought home a Commodore 64 when I was 5 or so (my first computer) and I started out playing Ghostbusters and Spy Hunter on it and learning how to write simple BASIC programs (10 PRINT "You're a bum-bum head" 20 GOTO 10...hey, I WAS 5). But this wasn't what I ended going to school for after I graduated from high school. In fact, I ended up going to college for Graphic Design. I know, kind of a noticable skill-gap between System Administrator and Graphic Designer huh? Well, I only ended up studying design because at the time, my teenage self and a pirated copy of Photoshop 3.0 thought I was pretty hot shit when it came to design (ahh the insolence of youth...how I don't miss it), plus I didn't have the math grades to get into a Comp. Sci. program at even a half-decent school, and my parents were adamant that I was going to start college immediately following the summer break after my final semester of grade 12...So graphic design it was (even if it was basically a "shotgun wedding" kind of decision).
Now, don't get me wrong...I did at the time, very much enjoy the notion that I would one day be a hotshot graphic designer with ads in magazines and other such things; and I loved the purely artistic side of design...I fancied myself a digital artist. In fact it was a hobby for me for a lot of years even outside school...I even still have an old DeviantArt page from back when that site was just brand new and Web 2.0/Social Media was just a glimmer in some soon-to-be Silicon Valley technocrat's eye. And while I don't mean to pat myself on the back (too much, anyway), I wasn't terribly bad at the whole design thing either.
In any case, in the years after college, I slowly started thinking I needed a change; I started to burn out, creatively speaking, and it came to a point where I had almost lost complete faith in myself as an artist in any capacity. Eventually, after I had just become completely disillusioned with the notion that I would ever amount to anything in the design field, I ended up landing my first IT job and forgot all about graphic design or anything even remotely artistic.
Fast forward a decade now, to present day...after so many years being almost completely disinterested in artistic endeavour, something, somehow, has rekindled my mojo, for lack of a better way of putting it. I don't know why or how...but I suddenly have found myself with a renewed interest in design, and where I thought was a complete void of design sense or creativity, there now seems to be this sudden wellspring of ideas...and I must say it's actually a really good feeling!
This new incarnation of my website was partially an experiment in whether or not I still had any creative chops (aside from being a necessity since I couldn't pay my Squarespace bill anymore). I had an idea of what I wanted my site to look like, so I started tinkering...testing myself to see if I would just immediately hit that creative brick wall that I once knew all too well and become insurmountably frustrated with. Lo and behold, the ideas and inspiration flowed like cheap beer at a college kegger. New ideas and concepts were springing up all over the place.
Which brings me to now...it's almost 5 am, on the morning of my grandmother's funeral, after a long, arduous, emotionally draining weekend of visitations at the funeral home...and so afflicted with creative ideas am I, that I just spent a good amount of time which should have been spent sleeping, photoshopping a painting that a friend did of Bob Marley...and just this past weekend, needing to find a way to come up with a gift for my girlfriend for Valentine's Day but not having the financial resources to simply buy something for her, I cooked up a clever little website that rattles off random reasons why she's awesome, and designed the site almost completely from scratch (borrowing only some barebones design ideas from another, quasi-similar site).
The point of all this meandering, rambling mess of a blog entry, is that you can expect there to soon be more design content on this site (perhaps even a portfolio section) in the near future, if this renewed artistic vigour keeps up. I really don't know where all these renewed design juices are flowing from...but I kinda hope they keep on flowing...
Oh and by the way, if you are curious, here are the links to the aforementioned Bob Marley pic and the website-cum-valentines-day-gift: