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There is magic in finding balance – By @hollygordonn

By Holly Gordon

 

There is magic in finding balance

 

At SCA, we’ve been advised to do a lot of things that are to help us with creativity and life inside and outside the school, but I only want to focus on three specific things we have learnt.

 

Early on into the first term of SCA, I got told, rather bluntly, that I needed to unlearn everything I knew regarding Graphic Design. I have a degree in Graphic Communications (I tell everyone its Graphic Design because it prevents me from having to answer the question ‘what is the difference?’ – I believe there is one but I won’t go into that just now) and after working in industry for two years, after my degree; this was a lot to swallow. Design has been, and still is something I love so I didn’t know how to react to hearing this. Arguably, it is more of a statement from a formed opinion because since starting at SCA, I have never been so thankful that I have knowledge in design and an understanding of how it works. However, what I have come to learn is that my way of thinking needs to change, and this has been the hardest thing for me to unlearn.

 

I can’t remember if this piece of advice was said out loud or through osmosis I have a fully formed image of someone saying this to us during a masterclass. That’s how science works right? Anyway. We have to love what we do, which is pretty obvious because I don’t think I would be here if I didn’t care, but you’ve also got to tap into that obsessive part of you’re brain occasionally and I am really good at that.

 

Thirdly, we have to create balance in our lives. We got told this right at the start of the term and I have worked pretty hard to give myself breaks when I need, see friends on the weekends and spend time with family. However, whilst doing this, I ended up with a job. Its been dubbed as ‘the perfect job’ by my friends and family but this is because they know me so well. I can’t really argue with them, my job is pretty magical (pun intended).

 

I work at a gallery dedicated to the graphic design for the Harry Potter film franchise. Its full of nerdy shit and I love it. For designers, who don’t have their heads stuck up their asses, its wonderful examples of print, publishing and set design. And for Harry Potter fans, its pure gold.

 

I have a lot of passions outside of advertising and my job combines two of them. I used to be embarrassed about being passionate about things because a lot of my friends were so uninterested, but now I’m writing a SCAB on how cool I find my Saturday job. Weird.

 

Not sure how to end this, so here is some advice from a fellow student.

 

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus.

 

 

At SCA, we’ve been advised to do a lot of things that are to help us with creativity and life inside and outside the school, but I only want to focus on three specific things we have learnt.

 

Early on into the first term of SCA, I got told, rather bluntly, that I needed to unlearn everything I knew regarding Graphic Design. I have a degree in Graphic Communications (I tell everyone its Graphic Design because it prevents me from having to answer the question ‘what is the difference?’ – I believe there is one but I won’t go into that just now) and after working in industry for two years, after my degree; this was a lot to swallow. Design has been, and still is something I love so I didn’t know how to react to hearing this. Arguably, it is more of a statement from a formed opinion because since starting at SCA, I have never been so thankful that I have knowledge in design and an understanding of how it works. However, what I have come to learn is that my way of thinking needs to change, and this has been the hardest thing for me to unlearn.

 

I can’t remember if this piece of advice was said out loud or through osmosis I have a fully formed image of someone saying this to us during a masterclass. That’s how science works right? Anyway. We have to love what we do, which is pretty obvious because I don’t think I would be here if I didn’t care, but you’ve also got to tap into that obsessive part of you’re brain occasionally and I am really good at that.

 

Thirdly, we have to create balance in our lives. We got told this right at the start of the term and I have worked pretty hard to give myself breaks when I need, see friends on the weekends and spend time with family. However, whilst doing this, I ended up with a job. Its been dubbed as ‘the perfect job’ by my friends and family but this is because they know me so well. I can’t really argue with them, my job is pretty magical (pun intended).

 

I work at a gallery dedicated to the graphic design for the Harry Potter film franchise. Its full of nerdy shit and I love it. For designers, who don’t have their heads stuck up their asses, its wonderful examples of print, publishing and set design. And for Harry Potter fans, its pure gold.

 

I have a lot of passions outside of advertising and my job combines two of them. I used to be embarrassed about being passionate about things because a lot of my friends were so uninterested, but now I’m writing a SCAB on how cool I find my Saturday job. Weird.

 

Not sure how to end this, so here is some advice from a fellow student.

 

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus.

 

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