Change is in the air

I have had the pleasure of being able to work in the same place for six and a half years, and after many long weeks of thinking and discussion I have decided to leave. I am going to pursue a more focused role with a competitor. It wasn’t an easy choice to make, but one that will affect my family in a positive way over the weeks, months and years to come.

I was hired on at this company as a pilot project. A small, simple initiative to save money and regain creative control over as much design work as was possible. In late 2008, October 6th to be exact, I began building the art dept for one of Canada’s oldest independent family owned breweries, and their distribution wing. It has been a pretty wild ride, and I’ve had the ability to leave the company in a better state (relatively) than when I joined up. There has most certainly been a considerable cost savings undertaken by my being able to contribute 3D rendering, carton design, retail signage, doing both creative & studio work, production, video and countless print projects, thereby cutting out many of the design agencies invoices and work back charges.

In total, I had a few years with 1000 projects, and years with 800+ projects. I have set a high bar for whomsoever follows in footsteps. I’ve tackled projects from more than 70 brands over the 6 plus years I have been here.

But now I look to the future, with a new role as part of a team, and I am no longer a one man show. I seek to learn new skills, make new friends and create new memories. I will always remember the good times I had, with some great people, and that I had so many wonderful milestones in my life whilst working here. I got engaged, married, and had my first child all in the last five years.

I hope that the position gets filled by a few good designers who are able to expand the department above and beyond what I was capable of. That hopefully I am remembered fondly, and that I left behind me a legacy of tight, concise designs, a solid work ethic and a can do attitude. Not to mention a well organized archive of my last six years worth of work!

I wish them the best, I’ll miss some people more than others, and I’ll miss some projects more than others too. I look forward to seeing the new things you come up with as I become an outsider once again.

January 30th, 2015 isn’t far off, so I best get back to finishing my last few tasks. It has been a slice.