Be So Good…

It’s always nice to be recognized for good work and dedication. I was recently recognized for my work by two different sources and I want to share!

Yesterday, the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) announced the winners of the 2013 BEA Festival of Media Arts. My website for the Valley Crop Mob won first place in the solo interactive multimedia category. BEA is an international organization, so that award is definitely exciting news! The Valley Crop Mob website is one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on and I’m thrilled that all the passion I poured into it shows.

In mid-January, DesignFollow, a blog that posts about inspirational design, published an article titled “10 New Places to Gain Graphic Design Inspiration.”  I was listed as #4 in that list. DesignFollow has thousands of daily subscribers, so I’m excited for that bit of exposure and recognition!

My brother and I were having a conversation this morning about the difference between knowing how to do something and being able to do that something well. Our local PBS station was airing an interview with Ping Fu, the founder of software company Geomagic. They were discussing 3D printers when a comment was made about anyone (even a child) being able to design things themselves, everything from greeting cards to 3D objects, with the current software and technology available to us. “Anyone” may have the ability to learn the technology and do it themselves, but that doesn’t mean they have the talent, training, time, and passion to do it exceedingly well. When I learn new skills, I don’t just learn them out of necessity and I don’t just haphazardly slip that new knowledge into projects. I learn because I have a desire to know, I study as much as I can, and I carefully consider how I use that new skill and I don’t “finish” a project until I feel it is top-notch work.

As Steve Martin says, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Or at least strive to be so good. It’ll pay off, I promise.

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