Designers & age

over 5 years ago from Joao Carvalho, UX Designer

  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, over 5 years ago

    I’m fast approaching my 40s (next year) and have been a designer for 21 years.

    Having been freelance, in-house and agency side then back to freelance (not in that order) I have seen a lot of changes within the design industry; some good, some bad, some meh.

    I have no real plan for the future other than to keep working and making things I’m proud of. I keep learning new tools and dabble in things that loosely relate to day to day work (After Effects, Blender). I know had I stayed in an agency or worked in-house I would of ended up managing people and as I like being hand on it definitely wouldn’t of been for me; hence going freelance again.

    I like doing and the process behind it. I enjoy meeting and working with a variety of people who work in different fields. It’s not all been perfect but the good has definitely outweighed the bad.

    Maybe in the autumnal years of my career I’ll focus on illustration or write a book (probably more pictures than words).

    Ultimately I’m a designer who loves aesthetics and regardless of medium I want to do the best I can and make things that delight, pleasing to the eye and useful.

    6 points