The winners of the 2016 International Design Awards have recently been announced. Among the winners, the Wendy Fox led infographic project, Women’s Gold Medallists, is certainly a pleasure to watch. The creative team illustrated 276 women who won gold medals at the London Olympics, all presented beautifully. It’s these kinds of design pieces that inspire me to keep pushing myself as a graphic designer. From my early days starting out as a free-lancer to the more stable position I have now working for “corporate”, as my friends so nicely put it, no matter what the position I always find motivation to do better in the beautiful work of my fellow designers.
Kerning the Life of a Graphic Designer
As anyone would expect the life of a graphic designer has you in front of some sort of screen day in and day out. The amount of time I spend in Illustrator and Photoshop could make some people sick. I have my desktop in front of me where I do most of my designing, my tablet conveniently at my side to provide another screen when designing a piece, and of course I’m constantly checking my smart-phone to make sure no worrisome client is going off the rails.
The biggest change between free-lancing at home and working in the corporate office is in the amount of time spent in front of the screen without taking routine breaks. It’s one thing to work on a task and taking the afternoon off to deal with errands when you’re a freelancer. But at the office, your boss expects you to be a diligent, productive worker, and that is equated with a focused attention on your work contents displayed on the screen. Being the detail freak that I am, I spend hours creating vectors in Illustrator and editing photos in Photoshop, making sure every last detail is to my liking. Of course this leads to even more time in front of the screen.
Lossy Resolution of the Eyes
A couple weeks ago, for the first time in my life I found myself suffering from eye-strain, migraines, and overall discomfort from such a long time spent staring into a screen. It even got to the point where it was affecting my sleep quality. As you can imagine this was really beginning to interfere with my great passion in life and was actually creating problems with the career I had spent my entire professional life creating. My eye discomfort indeed cost my productivity and efficiency at work, I worked slower, and most important of all I felt uncomfortable.
I tried several methods to lessen the effect eye-strain was having on me from eye-exams, to consistent breaks; I even upgraded my computer screen to a more eye-friendly monitor. But the work demand was still there along with the eye-strain. I decided that there was nothing left to be done, and that the eye-strain was just something I had to live with from now on.
That was until a good friend and workmate of mine recommended buying an LED lamp custom made for screen reading or so called “e-reading”.
A Great Lamp Can Be the Magic Wand Tool
I was definitely sceptic at first having tried so many different things, but now my eye-strain is gone for good and I’m back to an even better level of work efficiency than before I ever even noticed I was having this problem.The lamp I brought brilliantly reduced screen glare (one of the root causes of my eyes-train) by balancing ambient light with the light from the screen, this was made even easier by the “auto-adjust” ability installed into the lamp I purchased, giving me the perfect balance of light. Also the added benefit of being able to adjust the LED light from a warm heat to white heat added customisability to my environment, giving me a relaxing warm tone for casual reading or a more invigorating white tone to focus on work projects.
Overall for anyone (especially graphic designer peers) whose life involves a good amount of time in front of a screen like me, I could not recommend this sort of LED digital reading lamp enough, it’s not only relieved my eye-strain but brought my digital reading life to a level of comfort and efficiency that I could not have imagined.