For those of you who don't like to read, skip to the summary in bold below.
For those of you who do read journals, I figured I'd take a minute or six to fill you in on a few things and things.
If you've known me for a long time, you'll know that my early days in GUI were riddled with the love of fictional audio gadgets and software. My passion for GUI stemmed from music production and the lovely arsenal of sexy audio software that comes with the scene. Music fed my GUI, which in turn fed my music production. I'm forever thankful to have two huge passions in life which directly interact and inspire one-another. Such a lovely loop of self-sustaining creative energy. Aahh...
Throughout the years, I've tried my hand in many areas of design in attempt to make some sort of career from it all. I worked in the touchscreen and home automation market, websites, icons, mobile apps, security systems, and the occasional flash ad that would crash your browser at the worst possible moment. Okay, so not exactly a wide variety, but the point is that nowhere in that list is audio or music. Boo. =[
A few months ago, I turned down an opportunity to move to California and begin working for Apple as a Senior UI Designer on a ridiculous salary. I changed my decision every 30 minutes for nearly two weeks straight. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't focus, I couldn't do much of anything. Something like that is a true life changer. But alas, while writing the final paragraph of my résumé , the reality of it became too much and I proceeded no further. Take the salary and the status of the company away and I was left with no family, no friends, unfamiliar lifestyle and territory, and the stress of it all combined. There's no moving up from Apple, I mean it's essentially the mecca for a designer, but thinking about why I pursued GUI in those early days made me realize that Apple products are just not me. A job like that would put me at the very top of the wrong ladder.
Ever since then, my mindset has changed. I've begun aiming for the line of work that I love, and only that. I'm now currently (/finally!) working as a VST GUI designer with a prospect of it becoming a full time position. I'm honestly happier now with these projects than anything from the past few years. Audio software is where I belong and where I obsess the most. I live and breathe this stuff. I'm so eager to start sharing some work on dA again.
In summary then (for you lazy prats that scrolled here), you can expect some new uploads in the coming weeks. I'm back to my audio GUI roots and I'm now working as a VST instrument designer. I declined an opportunity to work at Apple. I'm happy and enthusiastic and I can't bloody wait to upload new stuff!
Coming soon: TR-808/TR-909 VSTs, Sylenth skin, XDJ 3 (it's a biggy!)
Thanks always for your support, feedback, and inspiration. I'd be nowhere if it wasn't for dA and the great people in the design field. You're all splendid individuals and I wish for you all that the pixels of life fall precisely into place.
Peace - Lance