With the beginning of the new year I just like everyone else have been making new goals and developing plans as to how to achieve them. Doing so is actually a fairly new experience for me, a few years back I operated under the assumption that I would just go about my business and something would magically happen to better my career and my circumstances. But over the last several years I've dabbled in "intentional living" and have come away again and again amazed of the difference it makes.
With that said I thought I would share a few of my career based 2011 goals and invite others to share theirs. I think this will be a cool thread if others participate and will be a really cool way to get to know one another better. So here we go...
Jon Ashcroft's 2011 Career/Design/WhatILoveToDo Goals: (in no particular order)
• Create my first series of posters for online sale and set up a shop to accommodate doing so
I would be lying if I told you my goal in life was anything other than to design posters all day and make a living off of doing so. This is a small step in that direction.
• Design a book cover
I love books and I love book cover design. It would be so much fun to be tasked with condensing down an entire story into one striking image that represents the entire narrative.
• Design a mobile app
At this point I've dabbled in just about every genre of design there is out there. Print, Web, Packaging, Apparel, Environmental, etc. but I have yet to do anything in the app category. The onset of the app craze has created a cool new territory in the design universe and I think it would be fun to explore.
• Submit to as many design/illustration annuals as my bank account allows
I'm sure several of you can relate with me in spending hours flipping through the Print, Communication Arts and other design annuals. They are just awesome and I think it would be awesome to be a part of that awesome. I also feel that 90% of the time the SouthWest is greatly unrepresented (aside from Seesaw) and I think we all need to do our part to change that.
• Share the love
I love design and illustration and the fact that I can get paid to do what I love. I want to help others realize the same dream or at least take a step in the right direction. I'm not exactly sure how to do this yet, it may be as simple as "tutoring" a passionate high school student or it may be developing a system to help recent grads maneuver the extremely rough transition from school to professional life. I guess we will have to wait and see.
• Get a new tattoo
Okay thats not a career based goal but I'm ready for a new one. Maybe I will make that a reward for achieving one of my other goals.
So thats what I've got more or less. Lets hear everyone elses.