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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! =D

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
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timsilva Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Whoa, I totally missed this. Not on DA as often as I used to be.

I'm sure you know Dan started working at Apple less than a year ago, we've met up a few times since I found out he moved here. :) Curious if you've chatted with him about it, he told me he's really happy with being there even though it was a huge change.

I respect your choice, although it would have been nice to meet up and have a beer since I'm a 15 minute drive from Apple. :P Corporate work really isn't for everyone (I've been at Intel for nearly 2 years and I'm not really sure if it's for me long-term yet), and it's a massive gamble to pick up your life (and sometimes other's) and move it across the country (or another continent!). Also, the type of design that drives Apple's current philosophy isn't quite as appreciative of the type of beauty and details that we know and love -- I think you'd get bored pretty quickly, but who knows! It might have been cool to try it out for a year, but I certainly don't think you are crazy for passing. My boss passed on an offer from Apple a while back and didn't express any regrets. ;)

Looking forward to seeing more of your visual goodness! :D
Pureav Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Interface Designer

Yup, I know Dan started was Dan who opened up the opportunity for me. xD

He got in touch to let me know there was a position available on his team as a senior. In fact I would've been working with two former colleagues from GUIFX, Dan being one of them. I say "would've" but of course there was no guarantee of getting the job. I'd still would've had to nail an interview, but having two friends on the inside to vouch for me was a bonus.

Cool you've met up with him! I heard/read you were working for Intel, yeah. I had no idea it was so close to Apple though! Great stuff. I'm definitely coming over for a visit some time. Definitely. :D

Thanks for a dropping in mate, it's been a while. :) All the best fella...
timsilva Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Ah, yeah he told me Nando was helpful in getting him out there too. Dan has got quite an incredible life story, definitely motivates me to work hard.

Not to sound cliche, but Apple, or any company, would be lucky to have your rare skills at hand. :) I really hope you're able to come out here for a visit, would love to hang out in real life after all these years!
logokas Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nice to see you're pushing out new stuff!
EnzuDes1gn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Totally know this feeling mate .. I was offered a top notch lead design job overseas .. But turned it down as it was to hard emotionally .. To uproot my family and lose my friends etc .. I'm still not living the dream yet, but at least I still got my fam and mates .. One day .. maybe .. We'll see.

Best of luck and I'm excited to see the new work man :)
Pureav Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
*nods* ♥
EnzuDes1gn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
graphomet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Well Spoken and thought out lance.

Many ppl will tell you, you're crazy for rejecting the position at apple, But those same ppl wouldn't be contemplating about their: left with no family, no friends, unfamiliar lifestyle and territory!
You are following your true inspiration which makes you what you are today a GREAT GUI designer. I wish you all the best with the VST design fieLd, I'm sure you will nail it and become full time reaching the summit!


PS: awaiting for those new uploads!

Pureav Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Cheers fella! Aye man, leaving family behind was a big factor. No point in having it all with nobody to share it with.
4nt1p0p Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
It's inspiring to see people that stand still when opportunity and occasion question their principles, especially today. You've made admirable decision for which I respect you even more than before. Always excited to see your work aswell so bring it on bro :D
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