October 2, 2013

fake it | designervaca


I was having a really hard time focusing on work yesterday. I just got back from designervaca, a design retreat in Palm Springs. The retreat was set up as part vacation, part soaking up some sun by the pool, and part seminar, with a few creative panels throughout the day on a variety of design and freelance related topics. To be honest my head is still spinning from all the networking I felt the pressure to do, not to mention all of the resources and information I picked up while there.

For a while now, I’ve felt a little lost; like I am not sure what I am doing. On one hand, I’m impressed with myself for how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve learnt in the past year, but at the same time I still have so many questions and insecurities. That being said, it was really great talking to all these like-minded ladies and realizing that we all have similar struggles no matter what stage of our career we are at.

I think one of the most valuable things I learned (as echoed by this vedahouse post) was that we’re all faking it to make it. There was a general feeling of relief especially on my end to know that I’m not alone in feeling like this. It’s an important reminder to know that, although I may not know where I am going, I do know that I am heading in the right direction.

I have more tid bits of the weekend I’d like to share but I think I will split it up into a few little posts throughout the next few weeks. I think I may start sharing more “advice” or “things I have learned” kind of posts relating to design and freelance (I’ve decided to go with the name “Freelance Life). I often find myself enjoying these sort of columns on some of the other blogs I follow. I can either relate to them or learn from them and I’d like to give my readers that same opportunity.

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I think that more designers, especially women in our demographic, need to be honest about the reality of faking it. I tend to think I’m scatter-brained or all over the place sometimes but I’m only doing what I know to make until I get there. Some things work and some things don’t. Looking forward to reading more things you have learned as a freelancer!

I couldn’t agree more. This retreat was really great, there was so many things other designers would say that I could 100% relate to, it’s such a reassurance all around.

I am SOOOO glad that you could make it Alicia! I hope to get to know you a little better in the future too! You are a gem! Thank you for your honesty! :)

Promise, thank you so much for organizing this! There was so many girls I barley got a chance to chat with you. I did however talk to Meg quite a bit about show it and site house, I am very intrigued and look forward to learning more about it!

October 3, 2013


Totally echoing your thoughts on this post! So glad to have met you this past weekend :) Somewhat unrelated–did you actually watercolor + scan in the type on your photo or did you use a PS brush? I am in love with the effect!

Nice meeting you too! I’ve been making myself get off the computer more so that is indeed watercolour. I’m really enjoying playing around with it :)

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