This panel was such a home run. Hu and Brandt were fantastic, but Rahim said a lot of things that were right on the mark for my personal life and the way I’ve carried it for several years now.
Rahim said that he came up through the skateboard scene in SoCal and had a love for music, that still pervades all of his work today (as I write this, I’m wearing a Jacques Greene shirt that Rahim designed). There came a point, Rahim shared, where he was either going to download Fruity Loops or Photoshop and the Photoshop file was smaller and that’s how he became a designer.
He mentioned Boiler Room, skateboarding, Jacques Greene, Nike and his work ethic. All of those things were direct hits with my taste and experience.
Work ethic, more than a degree or an MFA, is what Rahim said you should acquire. He mentioned that when your day job ends, that’s when you need to not join your co-workers at happy hour – you need to go home and start working on the stuff that you really want to be doing, the things that you’re passionate about and want to be your future.
This blog doesn’t look like much, but this is just one of five or six sites that I’ve written at over the past five years. I’ve made it on to some large website networks, I’ve improved. It opened a door into a marketing position. Now, I write and learn design every single day – and every single night. It me so hard that Rahim was essentially affirming my position on work and the way I’ve lived the past three or four years. Your day job will pay the bills, but it’s all the other work, disciple, determination that you do in your own time that will determine who you become.
Daniel Coughlin - @xvanwilderx