Hey people! It's the weekend and that means you have another lovely Weekly Reminder to treat yourself to. This week's little musing is something that I have been thinking about a lot in regards to Uni, and the fact that we're in our final year.
My two previous years of uni have all been about dreaming up great ideas, unlimited by technology, circumstances and money. "It doesn't matter if it's not feasible - it shows you have great ideas'" is the kind of advice that has bounced around. And yup, that is super great advice. There will be all the time in the world for limitations and money and circumstance when you get out into the Big Bad Real World. Play whilst you can.
But, this year, I have sensed a shift. Everybody has this acute awareness that this is The Year That Counts. This is the year where your work should be really good. This year's work should be wowing all the directors of fancy design studios and agents at New Designers in 2016. And everyone has stepped up that 'great idea' that 'great concept' and is prepared to go ahead and actually make that thing happen. For real. In real life. And I love being surrounded by that.
Rather than designing a cover and 'six interior illustrations' for a Book Illustration concept, they're going ahead and illustrating every page in the book. Oh, and typesetting it all out and getting it printed for good measure, too. Rather than designing a concept for a magazine, or a spread for a magazine, they're straight up making a magazine - several issues, oh and organizing an event for it, too. And it's this proactive, ambitious feeling that is also manifesting in me too, that gets me so excited for what we can do with ourselves this year, and what amazing things will come out of it at the end.
And it's this excitement that I wanted to pass on to you in the form of this reminder today. Why stop at a concept. If there's a way to do it, find it, and make it 1 million times more exciting, and real and legit. Dream big, and don't settle.
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