I am a graphic designer which takes me into many interesting realms. I love unusual art forms like manga (comics created for the most part in Japan). Now I am working on a customer’s website that employs my creativity in new ways. I must make the site supremely navigable, eye-catching, organized, and visually unique. You have to avoid making a cookie cutter site or something reminiscent of others. This makes for a rewarding challenge. I should mention that the client is a local woodworker and custom furniture maker. He specializes in farm style tables fashioned from reclaimed wood. The results are gorgeous once he takes that old wood and stains it to perfection.
The site has many photos of objects for sale including close-ups of the wood grain and different finishes. You can order anything from white washed to medium and dark stains. The designs are what captivate me the most. The farm tables and flat expanses of nature’s best sitting on curved legs. Everything is perfectly proportioned. You can order a table for four to ten. It just depends on your home space. I want the website to highlight his talent and expose the degree of art involved in the woodworking craft.
When I was almost finished building his website, I heard a knock at the door. I wasn’t expecting anyone so imagine my surprise when the client stood there with a smile on his face. “I have something for you,” he muttered and so I let him in. I looked out the door beyond to the street and noticed a pickup parked right in front of my house. He turned simultaneously to point to something loaded in the back, tied with secure ropes. “Come and see,” he beckoned. We both exited the house and walked toward the street. “This is my latest dining room table design. I hope you like it.” Did I like it? Of course. It was gorgeous. I have always liked the simplicity of the farmhouse style and this was an archetypal example. I prefer the way the legs are shapely and robust and not the spindly ones you get with a typical dining set from the factory.
A friend was waiting in the truck and the two of them brought in the table and placed it in my dining room. We moved aside the old hand-me-down from my mother that had seen better days. The new table made the space shine with elegance. The woodworking was superior and nothing I would ordinary find on my own without a recommendation. My client had selected a stain that was a perfect match for the wood beams in my living room. It could not have been a better choice. The table also had an extension so that I could easily seat six to eight. This is the kind of reward you get as a graphic designer. I also got paid by the way so it was an additional perk. It shows you that in life, you never know what is around the corner.