September Industry used to be an online design journal/resource that showcased the very best in international graphic design & communication through biweekly publication of the best designs. Having been established in early 2008, the site gained a large following of readers received much praise and support from industry professionals in and around the UK.
The site was much dedicated in the pursuit of good design and had a large carefully curated selection of the very best contemporary graphic design. The website was abandoned several years ago, but I’ve decided to bring it back to live. I will be publishing more content about various design techniques and methods. Already there are some posts that I’ve published and they can be accesses by clicking through various topics below.
Nurturing my Artistic Skills in Design
I believe that being born in September, or even being born just a lady who all along has possessed high esteem was what made me to fall in love with various arts of design. Since I was a kid, my room was always neatly arranged. Back then I also used to be collect stamps and neatly arrange them in my various stamp books since I was a kid. This is one hobby that I have never let go even today.
I also loved landscaping, and I used to help my mother in designing our flower garden. Every spring, I would make sure that I had a unique architectural idea for the garden and the visitor always marvel at the designs. Many people advised to take a course on design in college. Therefore when I went to college, I decided to pursue a course in Interior Design.
After graduating, I set up my agency in our local town. However, things never worked out the way that I had initially thought of. The business failed to pick up and after about six months in operation, I had to shut it down because I couldn’t afford to pay for the overheads and other utilities when I was making almost nothing. I decided that it was time that I looked for a job. Maybe then, I would work in building my portfolio and then I would be at a position to get good clients.
After closing down the shop, I tried to secure a good job, but I could get none. Most of the jobs that I got were usually specific contracts or part-time jobs and couldn’t cater for my bills leave alone being left with something to save. This made me get frustrated. I felt that I had blindly pursued a wrong career. Truly, it was a wrong one, because some more 8 months after I had closed down my design shop, still I couldn’t secure a good job.
Participating in a Design Contest helped me Build my Portfolio
However, one day as I was surfing the internet looking for a jobs, I can across a listing which was calling for a contest of designers. Those who wanted to participate were supposed to register and then create a unique design for a new product which had resulted from a merger of three companies in the food industry.
If you are well acquainted with design, product design to be specific, you might know that creating a unique design from the merger of three companies is not an easier one. Here you must not confuse a product design with a logo design. I wasn’t creating a logo design, but a product design which would be used as the new product brand.
It took me about a month of several trials to come up with a design. Yet still, I felt that it wasn’t that best and it didn’t represent the best interests of the merging companies. I had tried several designs, but I always felt that they weren’t worthy.
It took about three weeks before the contest results were released, and I was surprised when I received a call indicating that I had won the contest. I was rewarded with a handsome amount of cash and on top of that I was offered a job by the new company. The design also featured in various magazines and that helped my marketing myself, and within no time, I design gig started flowing.