As Russell cleverly asked in the episode of Six Feet Under I watched last night, “How can you grow as an artist if you don’t have the freedom to fail now and then?”
As I may have mentioned in the past, I love working on side projects here and there. I currently work as an in-house communications designer for an organization in San Francisco and I love it. The fun thing about working on side projects is that it gives me a chance to exercise the muscles that I am not using on a daily basis at my day job.
Not every side project goes as planned, unfortunately. We’re all human, right? Sometimes one area of your life becomes incredibly demanding and it effects other areas, which is fine. That’s the way life works sometimes. That was my issue with this project. And as a result, I fell behind on my deadline and whipped this flyer up faster than I’d like to admit. Not at all my best work or as sexy as I would have liked it to be, but the client loved it. Was I lucky? Am I just a great mind-reader? Maybe both. Or maybe neither. I think it’s just as important to document failures (or, failures according to me) as it is to document successes. Regardless, I learned a lot from this experience. Anyhoo, on to the next project!