Welcome to my blog! First off, I’d like to personally thank you for checking out my passion project. My primary goal with Designer Primer is simply to become a valuable resource for up-and-coming designers through relevant content, advice, and tips. I’ll try my best to keep this introductory post brief!
My Journey in a Nutshell
My name is Joe Bui, I’m a freelance UI/graphic designer living in the ridiculously cold state of Minnesota. I grew up in a small city not far from Minneapolis and haven’t strayed far, thanks to remote work. I’ve always loved art, design, and just finding ways to express my creativity. Creativity has forever been my outlet, allowing me to escape the (sometimes crude) world around me. Like many of you, I was the kid constantly doodling instead of paying attention in class. I didn’t believe I could make a living through my creativity, so I decided to jump into programming after high school since that’s where the money was at!
I realized after I had already obtained my degree that I really didn’t want to debug code for the rest of my life—I didn’t care how much it paid. After that major epiphany, a lot of research, and support from my (now) wife, I decided I’d go to school for graphic design. I just knew that if I could make it work, I’d have a much more fulfilling and satisfying career ahead of me. So, a few years ago, I made the commitment and enrolled at a local technical college. I decided to choose an inexpensive school since I was already in so much debt from my previous degree.
I began to understand early in my design learning that in order to set myself apart in this incredibly competitive field, I had to go above and beyond the class work and assignments. I ended up doing quite a bit of self-learning and jumped into several passion projects in my spare time in order to fill my portfolio with work I was more confident and excited about.
Towards the end of my education, I got my first paid design project—a logo for a friend’s startup. I was ecstatic about the idea of finally getting paid to do something I absolutely loved! That project went really well and led to another paid design gig. That’s when everything started to come together and I realized I really could do this for a living. The design projects continued to go well and my clients continued to refer me to more clients. That’s when I made the decision to solely focus on freelancing. Since finishing school, I’ve worked for several local startups, design agencies, and other various established businesses.
That’s my design journey thus far.
I’d love to get to know my readers more, so feel free to comment below and tell me about your current design journey, or ask any questions. I’m here to help!