Back in 2004 I landed an interview with a major software company for a part-time Web design position. The interview went very well, and I was told to come back the next day to meet more people from their marketing team. Needless to say, I was ecstatic. Well, that evening I received a phone call from one of the managers I had spoken to earlier, and was told that there was now an opening for a full-time graphic designer position. "Our graphic designer just gave her two-week notice," he told me, "and we need someone who can fill her position right away." I couldn't believe my luck—I nailed my first interview, and now I had a chance to land a full-time job! But then he mentioned the dreaded "P" word: "We need someone who can also do print design—do you have any sample print work you can bring us tomorrow?"
At the time I was strictly a Web designer, so I had zero experience in print. But I knew that as long as I learned the necessary tools, I could apply my talent to anything—online or offline. "I don't have any print work to show you at the moment," I responded, "but I know that's something I can learn to do, and I'll prove it." And with that I went to work on creating my very first print work: a tri-fold product brochure based on content found on their company website.
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