It has been brought to my attention that a certain reader of ours doesn’t really know what it is that I do when I go to work each day. This made me realize that while our current reader base is small, there are probably more of you that don’t know what I do. Let’s start from the beginning.

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away…, I graduated high school and went to college.  I figured I would end up getting some sort of a business degree or maybe getting a little crazy and teaching high school English. I chose Ashland University because it had just recently built a new College of Business building, and was well known for it’s College of Education. They also gave me a decent scholarship so I figured why not?

My freshman schedule was mostly core classes, with an economics class thrown in for good measure. I figured only one thing out in this first year of college, in regards to my higher education; If I had to sit through more business classes like Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Statistics, I was going to be a miserable person for my four years of college.  It also got me concerned about whether or not I would be able to handle a job filled with that sort of information. So, in a effort to explore some options, I registered for Drawing I and Computer Art I for the fall semester of my sophomore year.

I was in love. There was something special about creating art that I just couldn’t get enough of. I decided to Major in Fine Arts with a focus in Computer Art. I finished out my college career with a Minor in Marketing, and having taken classes in everything from Computer Graphics, to Printmaking, to Ceramics.

After I graduated, the opportunity came along to get a job as a custom logo designer when necessary, and apply those logos to team apparel. I work at a retail store, but it’s really all about the group orders we handle. We supply team apparel to swim teams of all different kinds. We do the suits, the caps, the warm-ups, and just about everything else that goes along with it.

So I was hired to get the custom logos that teams requested onto the swimsuits and the warm-ups and anything else we can get a logo on. We now do t-shirts and other items related to the official team apparel. I was also hired because sometimes teams don’t know what they want a logo to look like.

The majority of the time, what I’m doing is pre-press work. I get the images in the correct file format for the printers, and cleanup the art work. Lot’s of schools and other teams have a logo they use, it just needs to be on a swimsuit or cap. Once in awhile, I get to do what gets my eyes to glitter. I get to design something new.

Sometimes I get to take an existing logo and build something similar. They just want an updated look of some sort. Sometimes they just want something that incorporates the team name or mascot. These times when I get to take a team and give them a clean design that people can look at quickly and say “I know that team.”

Yes there are times when there isn’t really art to be done and since I’ve been here some things have been added to my responsibilities. I take orders and make sales on the register, and plenty of stuff that everyone else does too.

That’s the relatively long-winded version of what I do at work. I’m sure I can answer more questions if you have them.

-Chris