Thursday, June 4, 2009

Style vs Skill

I'm at an impasse. I am and have been learning SO much both in and out of school about so many things. Through all this learning I've been learning about my own opinions and styles. Here's my problem: as much as I am learning what I like and dislike I can't really put it into professional use yet. For the skills I am able to market right now I'm not fully able to have complete control. In fact, there is very little control. I suppose it's enough to keep me happy, but I'm wondering: if I keep doing the same kind of projects that cause this to happen can I break out of it? Once you get comfortable with something it's easy to stay in that comfort zone. I suppose by pursuing more projects for myself this won't be so much of an issue. Another question: if I keep doing projects like this will I ever be able to find other means of work? Will I pigeonhole myself into doing what I don't want to do?

It's become a question of skill versus style. Right now I am a student, looking for whatever I can get, trying to gain experience, and build credibility. I'm a little concerned that I am I creating a box I won't be able to break out of. When will my style outweigh my skill? Will it ever happen? Web design is a huge market right now, and I know how to do it pretty well. Even if it's not my favourite thing a relevant job is a job. Don't get me wrong- it's not that I don't enjoy it, I'm just worried about the direction it could take me. Worried that it's the wrong direction. I guess I'll just have to keep on doing what I am doing and see where I get.

1 comment:

  1. If you are considering 'style' as personal voice, then I think it is important to understand skills as a way to apply that voice to multiple mediums. Having a certain skill set like web design should not manage how your personal voice is executed. Computers were made to mimic the human hand, so the web design tools should be seen as just that: tools. Not an aesthetic choice. Web design should always be thought of as 'this is what I want to do, so how do I do it?'

    It is perplexing though, because there is an assumed structure to web design that makes for many uncreative websites and the only explanation I have is laziness. At the same time there are many dedicated individuals that do not fall into this category.