This blog is a tribute to all those designers who have sacrificed their creative hobbies for the sake of building their career. This is to you, dear designer, who erased every beautiful memory of your childhood and vehemently denied every worldly pleasure to become what you are today.
Are you happy now?
I am sure you are.
Sorry for all the drama, but I think this will get us talking.
I am in a mood to talk about hobbies today.
Who are you, a 9-year-old girl?
Definitely not that young. My name is Varsha. I work as a designer at Quovantis. I love dogs, although I don’t own any. I like to eat (vegan), travel (unplanned), paint (without colors), photograph (mountains & flowers), convert trash into decorative objects, and things like that. I like to cook sometimes, but only when I have myself to feed. Can’t risk anyone else’s life, you see.
Need proof? Here are some of the photographs I clicked recently-
Back to the point- Growing up was tough for me just as it’s for everyone. I wanted to do so much, but I had to let go of things and put my focus on just one thing- my profession.
As a designer, we are always very particular about pixel perfect designs. Every color, every font, every illustration that leaves from our Illustrator (or SKETCH) has to be THE PERFECT THING IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.
And I am not complaining. This is what I always wanted. I consider myself lucky that I am creating things that I love. I am lucky that I am able to integrate my passion into the work that I do. I am sure, you too are in love with your craft.
But here’s what I want to say- let’s do more. Let’s use this knowledge outside work. Let’s make more, create more things. Let’s make creative
Because it will give immense happiness and satisfaction.
Hobbies maketh a man (ofcourse a woman too)
Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath. Wondering what that means? By definition, a polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. His areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy..and the list is endless.
Pablo Picasso, best known as a painter was also a sculptor, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, and playwright.
I hope I have made my point.
Learning a new thing or indulging in creative hobbies gives you a wider perspective of things. Learning improves your ability to understand and grasp new concepts. The brain becomes more active, and the new neural connections improve your performance in everything that you do.
My idea: Hobby as a personal project
Alvin Toffler said it and I quote him- “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
So here’s my free advice to you- take it or fling it- pick a hobby and make it your PIP (personal improvement project). Allow yourself to head out on an unknown journey.
You’ll love it when you start exploring the unexplored. You never know what new is waiting for you just around the corner.
You’ll have to excuse me, now! I have to tend to my new creative hobby. Hoping to hear from you about your new fetish.