After working in a top notch company for three years as a programmer I was just fed up with my job. I loved programming and stayed awake all nights doing it since my B.Tech first year. I was an average student but teachers and classmates known me for programming. After PhD I joined this job and worked with dedication for three years, then I started feeling what is it going on and where is career is heading? During that time I wrote a post too, What you will be if not an engineer?
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That moment was very important for me. I sat alone many hours neither wrote something for InI nor talked to people much. I had to think what is best for coming days, because life is short and I really don’t have time to do something that I am not confident and sure about. During this time I constantly thought about a new area of study that can be a great career choice. Yes that was DESIGN.
There are lots of reasons why I started thinking about design as a great career. The first and foremost was, my visit to one of the design offices of my company. There I saw employees design and analyze every single product we engineer. They had total freedom to move around and make decisions that we as engineers dont have right to make. The freedom to think beyond conventional boxes and use of colors with free will made me think that this could have been my choice if I know before making decisions about course of study.
The second reason why I started thinking about design is that I clearly see these days how design has become an integral part of almost all the products produce. Thanks to Apple. Inc., for their contribution of making big companies to think about design in their products. These days almost all big companies in any domain have a design team that approves a product before its launch.
Third reason for being fascinated with design was the amount of money moves around it. As design become most important part of products success, people involved in design team are given direct access to the decisions about a product, which is a clear honor for an employee. They usually have total freedom to stop a product based on design decisions and make a thrid class engineered product just on the name of design.
Fourth reason was possibility of single man startup. A good designer can start a consultancy without many employees and least investment but can grab work worth millions of dollars. The possibility of least investment and high returns always fascinated me.
The fifth reason I was thinking about design was the office environment. A totally unconventional office, with no desks and no usual arrangement of chairs and desks, was giving view of free people. I feel that there will not be any bosses and ladders of social hierarchy in those environments. It’s just a guess : ) because in this world everyone in looking for control and there are always limits to freedom.
To sum up, I loved to think about design as a great career path because of freedom and money involved in it. On the same time, I know it’s good for people who know what they want and looking for. For all others looking for some job its not a good option because finding a promising design job is a tough call. One must have guts to take challenge from everything around, that has been done for years together.
One with the intuition of what they want would do great in design. For example if you are reading a book and thinking that a different cover, a different font and different colors of font for different headings would make it more pleasant, readable and easy to a readers eyes. If you are sitting on a chair, you think about its anatomy, comfort and colors. If you are using a phone you think that if the dimensions, shape and another color would have made it reat. If you are living in a house you think if you make a home you would have all these here there with specific dimentions. you love light so you will make sure light is coming home from every possible way inside home,..etc . Hence you have a feeling for your own products. If you feel that given a chance you would want a product this way. Then Design is surely for GAME.
In coming posts I would cover more about design and how to change the track from conventional areas of engineering to multidisciplinary domains and do great in that.