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  • The Designer's Career Life Span

    Has anyone though of this?

    It crossed my mind a while ago that I seldom see designers of age around 40. I can only presume the bulk of them/us left for greener pastures elsewhere along the way. Then again it could be just me not seeing enough...

    Yet I can't help but feel concern...

    What happens when I reach 40 and employers would rather pay less for a younger, cheaper fresher designer? I understand I'll have the advantage of experience, yet how many made it to the top?
    When you're drunk, everybody is your friend.

  • #2
    Ever see Logan's Run?

    Honestly, I know quite a few designers over forty.
    In this post there are 47 people, none of them can be seen.

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    • #3
      a lot of older designers arent old designers... a lot of the older ones have only been in the graphic industry for a few years. I took a lot of night classes in college and it was filled with 40+ year olds new to the industry. (no offense but i think they should have been required to take an intro to computers course first....) So I dont know... do you think they should all be art directors by now or something? Well thats what I think it is... older people but young designers.
      www.jackiecreative.com

      People who live in glass houses sink ships.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mac.FINN
        Ever see Logan's Run?

        Honestly, I know quite a few designers over forty.
        Nope
        When you're drunk, everybody is your friend.

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        • #5
          I've known a few designers over 40. I've known very, very few designers over 50. I've wondered what happens to them, as well.

          For myself, I plan on teaching at a college or university, so I will be dropping out of the corporate/agency scene before I'm 40.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jackimalyn
            So I dont know... do you think they should all be art directors by now or something? Well thats what I think it is... older people but young designers.
            I haven't even known many art directors over 50. Early 40s maybe. Maybe by that age they just go off and start their own agencies.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jackimalyn
              do you think they should all be art directors by now or something?
              Not exactly. The question lies basically on the probability of someone spending his/her whole life in this till retirement. Assuming with an average design skills.

              There's no doubt I love what I'm doing and I spent inhumane hours and extra efforts to achieve better results. But I don't know if I could do so ten years down the road. Art director or not.
              When you're drunk, everybody is your friend.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mac.FINN
                Ever see Logan's Run?
                No, but i saw Hogan's Heros...
                Schultz! Close the gates! The War is back on!
                The beginning is always today.

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                • #9
                  Old designers never die... they just show up on forums and pretend they're not dead.

                  That is, if they're not busy wandering down city streets clutching a brown paper bag and muttering, "The Kaiser has stolen my string!" to passerbys.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by max_nhk
                    There's no doubt I love what I'm doing and I spent inhuman hours and extra efforts to achieve better results. But I don't know if I could do so ten years down the road. Art director or not.
                    I think this is a good reason. I know how exhausted I am from working around the clock far too much. It gets harder the older you get. I'm 30 in 2 months, and it gets old doing this all the time. I hope to expand and have some young face in here in a few years.
                    it's deadline and I'm GROUCHY.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The_Black_Knight
                      For myself, I plan on teaching at a college or university, so I will be dropping out of the corporate/agency scene before I'm 40.
                      Yep, I felt that's a good way too. One thing I hate as a student is lecturers without proper working experience.
                      When you're drunk, everybody is your friend.

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                      • #12
                        I've actually thought about this for a bit and though I don't see a complete 180 career change I'm looking at getting into real estate investing as a back up career and a way to build up a good financial status
                        You see, whenever I start feeling sick, I just stop being sick and be awesome instead. True story.

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                        • #13
                          I'm 36 and there's no way I'd be doing this if I was working for somebody else at this point. I retired from the agency life when I was 24.

                          I'll do this as long as I'm having fun, then I'll do something else.
                          You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. --GWB

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by greyghost
                            I think this is a good reason. I know how exhausted I am from working around the clock far too much. It gets harder the older you get. I'm 30 in 2 months, and it gets old doing this all the time. I hope to expand and have some young face in here in a few years.

                            Haunted by your age, ghost?
                            I am just one year behind ya. lol.

                            Ya running your own firm?
                            When you're drunk, everybody is your friend.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by max_nhk
                              Yep, I felt that's a good way too. One thing I hate as a student is lecturers without proper working experience.
                              Fortunately, my school was good about hiring professors that had been in the business for a while. None of my important classes were taught by people without experience.

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