The meaning of art can be very rhetorical, everyone has their own opinion and answers to the questions, “what are your views of art?” and “What does art mean to you?” Art to me is all about what I am designing. When I design a piece of art, I am not only aiming for a goal to achieve but to please an array of audiences. Once I was able to better understand graphic design and what it meant to me is when I realized that being a designer was set in stone. I am fortunate to be on a college track for a career that I am already in love with. The communication design program opened my eyes and showed me how influential art is to the world and how fast it can travel. One amazing design that can catch on is all it takes for a designer to thrive. Being a graphic designer tends to change my perception and interests in many ways. Who would have thought that breaking the rules and thinking outside of the box would be okay to do on a normal day-to-day basis? Design has become a basic essential of my life, it has taught me to be an individual and step out of my boundaries to expand my knowledge, while still having the sanity to keep up with tight deadlines.

            In the beginning of my college experience I was very uncertain about what I wanted to do for a living, although anything related to art was still in the picture, the rational and sensible thought of how a career could be pursued was still lacking. Throughout this process I began to create my identity as an individual and a designer. Going to school to think and be creative is a lot harder than one may think. It took a lot of “soul searching” to understand what my strengths and weaknesses are, and how I could improve them. Being an individual who is very inspired by a combination of nature, photography, and trends have been the structural support of my work, however when I am expected to break out of my box and try new things is when I really am able to find out about the creative designer in myself. Inspirations are merely a kick-start for a designer. Learning how to push the core idea even further is how I learn to create.

Designing is one learning experience after another. Not only do I have to constantly research new techniques to expand my skills and keep up with the latest trends, I also have to constantly go through a trial and error process to realize that it is what I really want to do. While the idea of wanting to pull my hair out at the end of the day because I cannot find the “perfect” font for an advertisement, or even fix the simplest technical problem; it is what the final product looks like that makes art and design worth the while. That is how I know that graphic design is the right career path for me to take.

Many individuals want to have a structured life with a high income and live high class. Those qualities may be nice, but I would rather take the chance living a hectic, middle class life with a steady paycheck, and have my artwork create an influential impact on the world; or maybe at least a few people out there. All the while even through the chaos and tight deadlines, be able to say that I love my career and it greatly influences me as an individual still today.