A Brief History of Me
Growing up, I never had a set plan on what I wanted to do with my life. When I was younger, I wanted to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps to become a mathematician; however, I decided after a few years that this was going to tire quickly. I began to get interested in electronics, and at the same time entered into South Shore Vocational Technical High School. Seizing the opportunity, I entered their Electronics program—then immediately got bored. I decided that I wanted to go into something with a more creative outlook, and thus transferred into the Graphic Communications program, where I learned about design from conceptualization to the finished product. This was where I found what I wanted to do in life.
Through my early career changes, I realized about myself that I become bored easily if I am not challenged. Graphic Design met and matched this boredom with a world of new skill. I spent my three last years of high school absorbing all I could, and graduated top of my class from high school. With what I knew and had accomplished, my options were open, but I had more criteria than just good reviews and prestige to pick a school from. I chose Mount Ida College because, during an open house, I approached a Professor that would soon be leading me through two years of college, Professor Fitts. I was having an issue while making a Photoshop mockup for a portfolio, and asked him an obscure question about the issue with no expectation for an answer. To my shock, he was able to identify my problem without actually seeing it and offered me a solution that worked when I put it to the test. At this moment I knew I wanted to learn from him, and set Mount Ida College as my school of choice.
High school taught me how to use design programs; it was now college’s turn to teach me why. By this point I was well practiced in the traditional design programs, but had yet to either focus my time on the creative process or come up with my own style. Through my time at Mount Ida College I have now developed both. The creative process that I take is a combination of a gut reaction to what feels right and wrong and a large reliance on the concept of ‘Think/Plan/Do’ that is stressed in our program. My creative style, as it turns out, is very derivative of my past career plans; I use an extensive amount of mathematics and geometry on the layout of my designs and the creation of my artwork.
To be honest, I do not really know what I want to do next with my studies of Graphic Design. I enjoy anything I do that strains my mind to come up with solutions to visual problems, so I have a wide road ahead of career choices. My goal for the next two years is to learn more about the different options available in Graphic Design and narrow down as time goes on. Until then, I continue to do what I can to learn and grow as a Graphic Designer.