At our 3rd Quarter Meeting last week, our Chief Creative Officer asked all of us at LPK to figure out individually "Why we do what we do". I didn't take long to figure out my reason: I do what I do because I'm intensely curious and I love a challenge. I never planned to get into what I do for a living; life just kinda' took me in that direction. However, in many ways, I've been doing the same thing since I was 12 years old. The only difference between now and then is that I've added skills and have gotten better at what I do along the way. And my client list has grown along the way too.
So far in my pro career I've done a combination of all of these jobs: • Comic Book Artist • Comic Book Publisher • Photographer's Assistant/Darkroom Tech • Graphic Designer • Storyboard Artist • Commercial Illustrator • Photo Retouching • Consumer Product Concepts • Consumer Product Designer • Motion Graphics • Instructor • Who the hell knows next…
Long story short:
I worked at LPK when I started this blog.
I was let go from there and started my own branding studio.
Did that for 7 years.
Now I work for P&G (coming up on a year for that anniversary).
My old company website is now gone. The url now points to this blog, so I guess I should start posting here again.
At some point I'll migrate the older JohnsonMcNair blog posts here (I know some of you liked them), but for now please stay tuned!
Continued… LPK arranged for a relocation expert to find suitable apartment candidates, we made a trip a few weeks earlier to look at them. We picked one, started packing and I gave notice to my clients that I will no longer be a freelancer. I got a lot of "good bye and good luck" e-mails and I also said good bye to my friends in South Bend. The change would be welcome. I spent 7 years in Northern Indiana; add another 1 1/2 for my wife. She finished college in 4 years, she went straight to grad school that summer. It took me a bit longer to finish undergrad and move to Indiana to be with her. Although I have many friends there, I don't miss that place. Too small, too cold, nothing to do except go to Chicago. I was on my way from living in a small town to moving to a "Weather Map City"; which are the ones that are shown on TV when the weather guy goes to a map of the country. June 9th 2003; Estelle and I threw all of our crap into a 14 ft. U-haul truck and made th…