Friday, October 28, 2011

A Farewell To Design

I began packing much of my personal possessions into totes this morning. I pulled down the pictures of my daughter and a number shots of friends and packed them neatly into a folder. I flicked the switch on the coffee maker for one last pot of Margaritaville: Sunrise in Paradise coffee. I'm just moving to an office down the hall, so it shouldn't seem like such a big deal. But it IS a big deal. I've taken a completely different position at work and will be leaving my old web duties behind once I launch my last design this week.

I remember my first job out of college. I was working as a C++ programmer for an insurance company. I made fast friends with a programmer who had been there for years pounding out Windows code for calculating potential reinsurance losses based upon hypothetical scenarios. He often told me between cups of coffee and puffs on his cigarette that insurance coding had made his bones and that he'd go out mid-compile. And he did. One weekend he died of a massive heart attack while tweaking some functions. The task fell to me to finish his work and while I slogged through his meticulously documented code, I swore to myself that I wouldn't let myself stagnate like that. I would always seek out new challenges when they presented themselves.

As I start moving myself into my new, much more spacious office, I tell myself that this is exactly what I am doing in leaving behind my design/programming duties. I'm taking on a new challenge and I know I can handle it. Just before I logged off my computer an e-mail came in requesting changes to the new departmental website design before official launch. Most of the proposed changes are, in my opinion, completely pointless and aren't significant enough concerns to hold up the launch. I briefly thought about simply giving in to the requests rather than waste my time listing the reasons why those changes shouldn't be implemented. But, then, a sly smile crept across my face and I took my place in front of the terminal. I had one last email to send :)

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