That's great Steve! Good for you! I look forward to seeing your work. Always like it!
@ Sarge; I hear ya! I am a one person marketing department for a global company and it is unreal what I do in one day much less a week. It keeps me so busy I barely have time for freelance these days. I seriously wish I had more freelance work though I miss the extra income. But I haven't tried to drum any up lately, so it's my own fault. There for a while it was falling in my lap.
Bah! Does your day or week include writing all the copy and scripts for print and broadcast material; press checking all collateral; studio recording direction and post-production supervision; media negotiations/buying; writing and distributing news releases; chasing down TV, radio, and newspaper assignment editors; logistics; event planning; procurement; and constant client hand-holding?
Didn't think so, ya half a sissy. The art direction and production art bidness is but an itty-bitty slice of what this beast has required (and why last week was over 105 hrs!).
But I am happy to report that the heavy lifting is now finished. Still much to do btwn now and when the promotion ends, but nothing that can't be managed on a normal 9-5 schedule.
Loc: Hampstead, MD, USA
A typical day for anyone in our dept is the following:
Get requests for creative concepts on maybe 2-3 displays, usually due that day or the next. This involves anywhere from taking pre-existing elements or creating art from scratch, figuring out the structural needs of the display, how much product it holds, etc. Then modeling the display and product in 3D, which involves of course creating all the art. Now, usually we do have a few days to work on stuff like this but sometimes only a few hours.
Then there are usually a few mockups any given day. A mockup of course could be a simple tray - or a big elaborate display. Or, like the big project we're currently working on that involved 4 entire pallets, connecting parts and separate add ons. Can't say what it was, other than there were 105 different illustrations involved in this project that I had to create from scratch, then mock the entire thing in around a week.
Then there is the whole production side of things, like checking received artwork and making it production ready, or creating artwork for ordered projects (about a 50-50 balance). Entering this information into the automative system, making sure things like board grades, proper CAD files, correct ink formulations, approved PDF's for the plant to look at, etc. etc. etc. A typical pallet display might have 50 parts to go through.
Then I'm also the team manager for several of our accounts, which of course involves all the customer relation and hand holding you mention so I'm answering the phone every other minute it seems.
So yeah, I'm no stranger to being busy all day every day
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LOL. You totally missed my point, you F'n Jerk® Yet, at the same time, you underscored it! I'm not saying I own busy. But in your own words...
for anyone in our dept
The only dept I have is me.
the team manager
The only team I get to manage is me.
I have no doubt you know the one-armed paper hanger dance. But at least you've got some back-up. A handful of peeps who can lend a hand or share the load for a few yards if necessary. That's a luxury I don't have. So you're still half a sissy!
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