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I built this website back at the very start 2015, when I was suiting up ready to take the plunge as a full-time freelance graphic designer. I wanted to provide a home for my skills, my portfolio and my thoughts, and yes, show off just a little bit.

Over the past couple of years, the site served me well, securing me some freelance jobs and piquing the interest of some in the design world. I got myself some business cards with a design styled around the website, and got my head down and worked hard as a freelance graphic designer and web developer. Things were going well.

Flash forward over two years – we’re now more than halfway through 2017 and my freelance career has been going well, if in fits and spurts. I’ve worked with bigger name clients and been involved in some massive projects with huge scopes and responsibilities. I made enough to live on (just, if you take off what I paid in taxes!) and was earning more annually than I had at a previous agency I worked at. In a way, the freelance dream was working out.

There’s a ‘but’ coming, isn’t there?

While the freedom and flexibility of working for yourself are massive bonuses, I have found that the intermittent nature of freelancing has proved tricky for me in the past year or two. Over quite a few coffees and a few late night thinking sessions, I’ve decided to put my freelance career to one side for now, and I’m looking to join a design agency to push myself to become a stronger, more flexible and more experienced professional.

I have loved freelancing and worked with some incredible people over the past few years, and I don’t intend to stop freelancing completely (I’m too addicted to design for that!). But I think as I have cleared my 25th birthday, a fresh start is in order and I feel that working within a creative agency is the right step forward for me at this time.

Which agency? Who knows – there are plenty to research, but design is a competitive industry so we’ll see what the future holds.

So what about this site?

This site isn’t going anywhere, but it’s transitioning to more of a portfolio / notebook and less of a shop-front for my freelance design services. I hope to get back into writing more (the last article I wrote was in 2015, and that was the third in total – so currently I’m averaging one article every 6 months or so!) and using this website as a place to post my portfolio pieces and design experiments.

I’m sure there will be freelance projects peppered here and there. I will endeavour to keep this journal more updated and post my thoughts and experiences as I head back into employment.

It’s been quite a ride over the last couple of years – here’s to the future. See you there.