Take the Chance
It’s safe to say, February was a short, sharp month. I spent it hanging around Brighton and Hove as I completed a Digital Accelerator course with Creative Process. I had two thoughts before embarking on the course (which is free by the way):
1) This is going to be brilliant
2) This is going to suck, and suck hard
Luckily my fears about being either massively over qualified/ massively out of my depth/ the youngest/ the oldest/ on the wrong path completely were swept aside. What followed was three weeks of intense learning, solid friendships and reassurance that yes, I would happily spend my days with the Adobe Creative suite.
Introducing TW Inked
The resulting website is a Wordpress project that I am pretty proud of. As I’ve mentioned before, I still have a hang up of being the messy and disorganised one, so to create a website that is as sharp, classic and clean as TW Inked makes my inner OCD sing with well measured joy. I also learned a hell of a lot about myself on the course, mainly that I can blog several times a day when it’s really needed (we submitted our work as blog posts sometimes up to four a day!) and that when it comes to it, I can accept that done is better than perfect. Although it still hurts me to admit that.
Here are some other things I learned on the course:
· I’m pretty decent at Adobe, and InDesign stole my heart.
· Wordpress makes sense, its restrictions mean that your website looks professional but Squarespace is still nicer to use if you have a creative flare.
· Copyright Laws are surprisingly interesting, if not endlessly confusing with all your public domain, fair use grey areas.
· File naming and storage excites me. Nothing makes my heart flutter like a well catalogued digital library.
· The difference between Jpegs, PNGs, SVGs and what all these bloody letters mean. Plus preparing images for the web = essential!
· The auto trace tool on Illustrator. OMFG where have you been all my life. My art is changed forever.
· An understanding of how the creative industries work individually and with each other.
· Gifs in blog posts make everything better.
· If you get the chance to take the time to up-skill, take the chance.
Take The Chance
I’m really proud of the three weeks I’ve spent up-skilling and investing in myself. It’s been a brilliant chance to gauge my skills and abilities, which is something I can lose sight of as a travelling freelancer. It has also been a great opportunity to see if I’d like to take my artistic skills into a workplace. The answer yes. Right now I’m happy as a nomadic writer but it’s good to know that if I wanted to take the graphic design route, I’d have a good shot at a Junior role in an agency. Although knowing me, I’ll just start my own agency #Girlboss and all that!
I cannot recommend the course enough and if you’re interested in having a go yourself let me know and I’ll connect you up. It’s a free course that awards you with a Level 2 Diploma, which is a GCSE. A GCSE is three weeks certainly isn’t easy to achieve and the course tested everyone, including the tutors. But hey, work hard and ye shall be rewarded.
I’m now packing up my bag once more and heading to Cornwall for a few weeks and hopefully, more than a few waves. It’s been too long and despite being back to square one I cannot wait to get back on a foamie. On y va, adventure awaits!