I work on a number of tasks as part of what I do. While a great deal of what I do could be seen as ‘secretarial’, I also do quite a bit of writing and have done audio and video editing, as well. I know a lot about software for my core skills and endeavor to learn new software for the skills that I want to develop or that I have a client who has a need but they really aren’t in the market to hire yet another person. And that’s how I got into a recent project.
I am NOT a Graphic Designer. I’m not even a tiny bit artistically talented, so the lack of graphic design skills isn’t really a surprise. I have taught myself to use some of the simpler programs on the market to produce decent looking graphics.
But, I realize, too, that my skills are nowhere near professional level on the Graphic Design front and I’m not proficient in Photoshop or Illustrator. And it’s not inexpensive to get access to Adobe products, so I haven’t made the investment, especially since it’s not something I use routinely in my daily work. I also understand that there are limits as far as how wonderful my designs will be based on the fact that I am not using professional designer level software because that is not my area of expertise.
So, I have been working on a project for a client where I am taking the things she has produced and putting them together attractively for an online portfolio. And I do understand that the nature of this type of design work is that there is often some back and forth between the client and the designer. In this case, the client knows that this is not my zone of expertise but it’s getting REALLY disheartening to do something to conform to a request and repeatedly have it not be right.
I have reached the limit of my patience. I have reached the limits of my skill. And I have a disappointed, frustrated client. If you need me, I’ll be in the tub or my blanket fort.