There comes a time in every young artist’s life when they create something that redefines them. Something that is the culmination of all their current knowledge put to practice and brings them up a notch or two on the food chain. When you create it, you know you have done something good… mainly because you notice, and more importantly, others notice.
One of the big ones for me happened a few years ago with a website called YouCanDealWithIt.com. The opportunity to redesign this site turned everything around for me at my last job because I proved to myself and everyone that I could in fact use Flash and HTML (though it was only with the unbridled support of Dreamweaver… this was before I saw the light). What’s more, it was the first site I got to take from start to finish, concept through to implementation. After this site, I became the designated “web guy”… which, in most circles outside of an agency, translates to “never dateless”. I have since left that job, and though the client has made some little tweaks here and there, the site remains pretty well intact. I have learned a lot since designing it, but still must recognize it as a major milestone in my design development.
Now, I put this task out to you, dear readers. Show me what you have created in your professional artistic career that made you feel like (or become) the new hot shit. Maybe it was a website, an illustration, or an article. Anything at all! The only real requirements being that it’s from your paid, professional career, and you must tell me why this item has made a difference to you. Post here what you have done (URLs to the work will do nicely) so that we can all reminisce with you.
The time has come to pony up and show me what you’ve done. If enough people share, perhaps this will become a regular feature.