I’m pleased to announce that today marks the two year anniversary of my employment at Oxide Design Co., and I have to say it’s been a great experience. Now I know that some of you are thinking: “what a suck up,” but remember, some people really do love their jobs. I was just fortunate enough to have landed in the right place right out of school. That said, I’d like to share with you how I ended up here at Oxide. Back in the fall of 2007, I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and set out for the big city.

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After briefly considering showing my work around Lincoln, I knew that Omaha was a better fit. I was pretty sure I wanted to work in a smaller design studio, and Omaha simply had more of these to offer. I also knew there was a highly probability that my then-girlfriend/now-fiance would be attending the Medical Center located in Omaha the next year. With the intention of at least getting my name into the community, I set up appointments at 6 design studios in the area that I had a lot of respect for. After about 3 stops, I got the call from Drew and immediately knew I had to cancel the rest of my interviews. In the days that followed I got a couple other offers, one from a place I had visited and one from a place I hadn’t even talked to.

As a sophomore in college, Drew came to our school to judge our annual senior show and also present some of Oxide’s work. He was the first professional designer outside of my professors that I had ever met and not only did his work blow me away, but his cool, relaxed demeanor made me think, “wow, I could work there!” As a junior in college, I got an internship at one of the biggest and well-respected advertising agencies in the area. While this was great for my resume, it never really felt like the perfect fit.

Since day-one at Oxide, I’ve felt like nothing less than an equal in all design-related discussions and decisions. The wide range of projects our small design studio takes on has been invaluable to me as a young designer. Not only have I been able to work for internationally-recognized clients, I’ve also been in the thick of pretty much every project that has come through the door. The collaborative process here has also allowed me the ability to grow and learn every step of the way. Plus, it’s not often that a designer finds their name in the Communication Arts annual two years out of school.

-before/after

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been working as a professional designer for this long. Sometimes I still feel like a student, but that’s probably because I know there is a lot that Drew and Joe can still teach me. Like any design studio, there’s been a lot of triumphs and a lot of heartache, but I’m optimistic that the scale will continue to tilt more and more in my favor as I look forward to my third year at Oxide.