Anyone make the leap from Designer to Manager?

9 years ago from Guillermo Mont, Freelance Designer/Illustrator

  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, 9 years ago

    Want to trade spots?

    I'm a project manager that is trying to move back into design.

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    • Zach UbbelohdeZach Ubbelohde, almost 9 years ago

      Care to expand?

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      • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, almost 9 years ago

        Sure thing.

        I was doing freelance web design and development before joining the advertising world. I've got a pretty broad range of skills—everything from A/B testing to design to frontend. This made me a pretty attractive candidate as a producer.

        Why did I take the job? Freelancing wasn't going to well—a few severely underestimated projects. It was the opportunity to move and try something new. Plus I figured that I'd learn a ton working at an ad agency.

        Day-to-day for me is setting and following timelines, finding development partners and doing QA. It's been a good experience, but it feels like I'm not moving forward where I want to—as a designer and frontend developer.

        Maybe it's just the agency world, but as a whole it feels like design is where I need to be.

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    • Timothy McKennaTimothy McKenna, almost 9 years ago

      That is interesting to hear....I'm currently in the process of getting of PMP certification but I am still a working art director. What made you want to become a project manager first of all and what is making you want to move back to the design?

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