If I could call a do-over on life?
I majored in journalism in college. It seemed like a good idea at the time — or at least until my junior year when I realized that journalism requires talking to people. A perfect career for a lazy introvert, eh? But I stuck with it. That’s mostly because I didn’t know what else I’d want to study.
Somewhere during the course of my career, I realized that I love two things: art and code. Truth be told, I’m probably mediocre at both, but I found my passion.
But I sometimes feel like that time in journalism was wasted. I took a circuitous route to the Promised Land of a career I dig.
If I had to do it over, I would have listened to Ms. Pulchalski, my 9th grade art teacher, who damn near begged me to continue taking studio art rather than switch to a half unit of ceramics. I would have listened to Ms. Jorisch, my high school math teacher who suggested I enroll in half-year computer programming class that she taught. In college, I would have majored in graphic design and minored in computer science or the reverse. And maybe I’d be filthy-stinking-rich right now because I would have cashed-in on dot-com boom #1.
But that’s what I’d do if I could call a do-over on life.
Plus a Monday mid-day two-fer
- Web Application Form Design
- Are right-aligned label forms more effective than traditional left-aligned ones? (And Luke W. links to “The Duality of Forms” by Garrett Dimon)
- Marketing Reality Check: Blogs, Pods, RSS
…[M]ost Americans — notably adults with steady incomes — still get their content the old-fashioned way.
- Icon Ignorance
- How one designer’s choice of symbol lead to familial strife. A reminder for all of us to be aware of the cultural meanings and implications of color and iconography.