Graphic Designer bored at work ...

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by oscuh, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. oscuh macrumors 6502

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    Hi all, this may be a bit off-topic for this forum, but I'll give it a go anyway.

    I work for a small marketing firm as a designer, and although we have a pretty steady stream of work, I tend to work rather quickly, and as a result, spend inordinate amounts of time with nothing to do. I've cleaned my office, arranged all my design books and magazines, done all the updates, permissions repairs, etc to my computer and it's still 3 hours before quitting time.

    I can sit and browse MR, which I do a lot anyway, but at a certain point, I don't like sitting around with nothing to do. Does anyone have any suggestions on interesting and ultimately productive time-killers? Thanks!
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Developmental work. Set up some templates, do some things that really need doing.

    Or if your job is boring... then maybe work on your resume and portfolio. :D
     
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    if you have nothing to do for work, then either spend your time looking for a more interesting job, or just go to www.addictinggames.com
     
  4. eyup macrumors regular

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  5. oscuh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That is WAAAAY out of my realm. I do print, and that's it :D

    Resume and Portfolio are up to snuff.

    And I like my job and I have no real reason to leave, it's just the slow times that drive me crazy .... I guess I can just do some "for fun" illustrations or something ...
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Xmas or birthday cards for friends or family? When I'm not designing, I usually do developmental work, like designing new templates for publication families or tweak the network... but when I'm not designing, I'm usually in meetings. :(
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    OK, well that's obvious then -- spend your free time learning the ins and outs of design for the Web, and make your skill set more marketable - if not to your present employer, then you next.

    Theres oodles of good online tutorials.
     
  8. oscuh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good idea ... Not that I have any real desire to learn web design, though, but I suppose I should all the same. Now I'll just have to get the boss to pay for DreamWeaver!

    or telling me to behave myself :p
     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    That's like saying I can start learning woodworkong only when I can afford a set of Makita tools.

    Umm... Errr... Learn, as in learn HTML and CSS... Dreamweaver strictly optional here.

    BBEdit / TextWrangler would be a good start.

    You already have Photoshop/Imageready/Fireworks. right?
     
  10. oscuh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a minimal grasp of HTML .. I used to do hand coding back in the day, but would NEVER go back to that to create a full site ... If I did it, it would primarily be DreamWeaver/Flash ... and some coding to go along with it

    I guess I don't see how hand-coding transitions to using an app like Dreamweaver. I'm a hands-on learner, so learning different code snippets is all fine and good, but I want to be able to apply it. Therefore, I can see how hand-coding would be useful, but not as a stepping stone to DW or similar app. I guess this is why I've not gotten into web ... it all seems really confusing to me. I can prepress the heck out of a file, but web remains a mystery somewhat ...

    And yes, I have PS and ImageReady ...
     
  11. Ish macrumors 68010

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    Sounds like you use the meetings to do developmental work. :) And there's everyone else thinking you're taking notes!
     
  12. balkan macrumors newbie

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    how about spacing out, the American past time
     
  13. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    3D modeling and game design are worthwhile skills for designers.
    The process can be extremely time consuming.
     
  15. oscuh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You might as well suggest I take up nuclear physics *L*

    Spacing out keeps sounding better and better!
     
  16. Nym macrumors 6502a

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    Believe me... you're lucky!

    If I finish a job one hour before my exit time my boss promptly fixes me with some nasty work like refreshing the database of a cellphone e-commerce site..., and I get to spend one hour scaling images in photoshop, now THAT is boring :D

    My advice is, find your rythim, work at the same speed as the people around you, take your time and read MR A LOT between tasks, it'll help pass the time :p

    Anyway, nice thread!
     
  17. hessdesigns macrumors member

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    I used to have the same problem at an old job... I mostly got into forums to do some reading. We all know you're into MR. A REALLY good subject to get into is Harry Potter; there are so many thousands of discussions about the books movies, rumors, theory, history... you can literally be looking for days. If you're into the books/movies, check out www.the-leaky-cauldron.com, or www.mugglenet.com. If you're not into that, might I suggest searching for forums on topics you are interested in!
     
  18. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Okay, skip HTML and learn PostScript - THAT'LL make you a valuable employee (especially when something goes wrong)! :p
     
  19. jalagl macrumors 6502a

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    When I have free time at work, I do one of three things:

    1. Study (I'm working on several certifications, and will go through an intesive project management course soon)
    2. Check MacRumors :D
    3. Browse Digg.com :p

    Unfortunately (of fortunately), I don't have too much free time at work.. :rolleyes:
     
  20. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    Do you sit there processing the work that comes your way? How does the work get to you in the first place? How hands on are you with getting the work in the first place?
     
  21. oscuh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm not involved in the "selling" aspect, so when our traffic/client contact person gets the work, it gets funneled to me.

    We're small ... about 6 employees total, and I'm currently the only designer, so there is no "working the same speed as everyone else."
     
  22. Truth24 macrumors newbie

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    I've been in the same situation myself in the past. Can I suggest that you get yourself another job? One that is challenging and actually makes you think.

    You only live once. Do you really want to look back in fifty years time at all the hours you wasted doing nothing in your office?

    Anyhow, with a more challenging job you won't be bored. The hours will shoot by and you'll probably earn more money in the process.

    Good luck.
     
  23. emorydunn macrumors 6502

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    Well, at the film studio I work at there are a few other companies in the building and the design firm in the back of the building spend a TON of time playing counter strike- it seems to pass the time faily well.
     

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