It has been 14 years since I graduated from the university and walked out of the campus. I dare not speak loudly during the interview. I’ve been busy in the factory and nibbling the blueprints. In the blink of an eye, 14 years have passed. I have never left my favorite design industry. How many people can put their ideals aside and surrender to the reality of doing the causes they don’t like? I am very lucky in this regard.
In the first two years of work, I was in the domestic sales industry in Shenzhen. The leading company in the industry. Every day is the so-called “urgent plan.” The tricky customers and the intrigues of the office made a young girl grow up rapidly. At the time, my life desire was a straight line: having stable work, starting a family, being promoted to a director, having a house and home in the big city…
But most of life can't be planned - one day at the end of 2014, I was sitting in the office and looking at my four-month pregnant belly and decided to write a resignation report. Through continuous efforts, half of my life desires have been realized; I pressed the pause button. At the turning point in my career, for the convenience of explaining to people who care about me, they all said that I am too tired and want to take a break. But, I understand that there is no question of whether I am tired of my favorite career - I think I should put the brakes on it.
That day, after arguing with the sales staff in the general manager's office, the general manager left a message to me saying, “I understand your hard work and dissatisfaction, but don't think too much, just be pure.” I don't know why a very common sentence has been around for three days. It's not because it came from the boss, but because it's because of my own inherent loss.
In the design industry, I've been watching how far I've come, but I haven't paid attention to the direction. The little girl who used to work hard on every drawing now knows how to understand the mood of the guests and resend the drawings that were too late to be modified in the daytime at midnight. The guests mistakenly think that they have been modified and passed the test. In the past, because the plan was unsuccessful, I looked back and learned lessons again and again. Now, if the plan is not successful, I will directly throw it into the trash can and start the next one like an assembly line. I used to be very firm with the sales theory. Now, when there is an argument, I do my homework first, catch the other party's mistakes, poke the other person's vital points, and be proud... Many people say that this is the most normal workplace. Many people say that it depends on how fast you rise.
But the profession I love said to me, “You can see if you have saved your original heart.”
The success of all designer products ultimately comes down to one word - comfort.
Comfort is the demand from my heart - when I focus on being smart and clever instead of polishing the drawings and improving the products, whether I succeed or not, I am not comfortable. When I run on the assembly line because of time constraints and do not find a suitable opportunity to show my real ideas, I am not comfortable. When I make new designers complain about efficient work because of my lack of correct guidance, I'm more uncomfortable - I don't want to be a working machine, and I don't want my drawings and works to gradually have nothing to do with "comfort" and real design.
So I want to go back to the starting point - the city where I grew up, the city where I once wanted to spread my wings and leave, (thanks to my family's support). In the period before my baby was born, I calmed down to draw and do handicrafts, like a babbling child, and slowly rediscovered the source and heart of this industry.
At the end of 2015, I received an interview notice from China Gongmei, which was the beginning of a new turn in my career. I am a newcomer in the whole-hearted foreign trade field, and I am ready to be like a newcomer in the design industry. Every drawing is conscientious, and every product is perfect within the scope. This is the real core strength of a designer. The more you put aside your distractions, the more you can experience the wonders of design -- this is a grand palace, but I am just a small craftsman, and all my abilities are not real designers - the future is ahead.