_why i changed my career
I first realised something had to be done about it at my 10-year school reunion. I had put on my suit, like a good career girl eager to make a good impression, and all they wanted to know was: why wasn't I an artist? Furthermore, the only teachers who remembered me were the art department.
In retrospect, I should have done it years ago. But, having grown up in the eighties, an era when oil dominated the economy and money was the main reason people went to work, I had opted to become an engineer. I'd always had quite a strong "techie" streak, and everyone knows you can't make a living out of art. It was a choice I ultimately regretted, not because I wasn't any good at it, or because it wasn't interesting. I just never fitted in.
But then, along came the Internet.
In this new medium, I can combine my practical design skills with my artistic talents. I wouldn't call myself a programmer, but I understand enough of the process to apply it to the aesthetic design. I think of myself more as an artist who can build stuff, rather than a technical designer these days. But if there's one thing I learned from engineering design, it's this: The more you understand about the production process and the application, the better you know how to design the end-product. And that's what I'm aiming for.