What's New at Daily Designz

A question of scale

New as I was to self-employment, the last four years have been full to the brim with all kinds of work. Not only have I kept Daily Designz operating, I have had a number of full-time jobs along the way as well. It has all been worthwhile and suitably challenging. The...

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Full Circle

Strange but true, I have come full circle. When I moved to Kamloops in September 1990 following my stint at university, I ended up with a job at Kamloops This Week and thus began my lifelong career in newspapers. I started out in the mailroom and eventually got on in...

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Keeping things interesting

I loved my day job but there were stretches of time where I found it a bit boring. Those were always the times when nothing new was happening and I wasn't learning much. I can honestly say that boredom has not been an issue in the past three years since I have had my...

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Ready and rarin’ to go

I went from a few years of burning the candle at both ends, especially in the last year and a half, to a couple of weeks of unstructured "free" time and to say I felt discombobulated would be an understatement. I am actually getting sufficient sleep for a change...

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Gearing up again

I have had the best of both worlds for the last year or so. I have been working temporarily, full-time, covering a mat leave in a job I absolutely love. The work has been suitably challenging and rewarding and the working environment (despite two significant...

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Having cake and eating it too

A constant tension exists for new entrepreneurs between the exciting and challenging prospect of successfully running one’s own business and the draw of the familiarity of a regular paying job and the perks that go with it. In our case, we enjoyed a relatively long career with a single employer so this self-employment gig is a new experience.

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

At Daily Designz we comment a great deal about handling change and keeping up with the pace of everything. This is a recurring theme in the design business and the change comes fast and furious on a daily basis.

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Therapeutic Gongs Aside

When I worked in the creative department at the newspaper, I was fascinated by some of the dynamics that would come into play. Certain sales reps and managers would gravitate to one designer versus the other.

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Learning to Juggle

I spent years juggling assignments while working at a daily newspaper and meeting multiple deadlines in a day, in a week and in a month. While many of those assignments couldn’t be delegated to others on the pre-press team, some of them could.

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Never a dull moment

While certainly no “Wolf on Wall Street” and not earning buckets of money to radically alter an otherwise sedate lifestyle, running Daily Designz has been anything besides “dull”. At times it feels like we must work 24/7 to keep all of the balls in the air which, while periodically exhausting, can also be exciting and mostly rewarding.

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Being There

After a long career in the newspaper business I now find myself with my own business. Pinch! Like, how did THAT happen?? I did the requisite soul searching once I knew I was losing my job. I pondered all my options and kept coming back to graphic design and writing… writing and graphic design… I had already been freelancing for a year so it wasn’t as big of a leap as one would think. It felt more like an evolution – just a different way to go about doing what I do.

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Daily Designz is not yet expert in web design. While we can produce professional-looking and technically suitable static web images and ads, twenty years in the newspaper industry was not exactly ideal training ground for learning this end of the design business.

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