About Me – Tim GarnerTim-Garner-150x150

To me, life has always been a journey of self discovery so laying down a few paragraphs about who I am is kind of like trying to hit a moving target…and the moving target is me. It’s been my experience that many “about us” pages are nothing more than lists designed to impress people with how brilliant the author is. As a rule, I don’t like braggers and certainly don’t want to be one so here’s a quick outline of the things that matter to me and perhaps may also matter to you.

I am more than what I do

When someone asks me what I do for a living, I generally just tell them I’m a graphic designer because if I tell them what I actually do it would turn into a much longer conversation than either of us are prepared for. So while I do design logos and websites as well as other designerly things, it’s not a very apt description of what I do. In essence, I help businesses understand what they want to achieve and then give them the tools to help them do that. I do that by learning about what motivates their customers and then help them figure out the best way to communicate who they are and what they have to offer to those customers.

I am the sum of my experience

me-and-bridgette-smaller (2014_03_05 22_40_26 UTC)I was raised in Nebraska and have always had an aptitude for art. I was the artist for the newspaper in both high school and college. I originally attended college with a fine art major but switched to commercial art when I realized that I would probably starve as a fine artist.

In my journey to my present career, I’ve worked in several industries. I started out as a paper boy, I’ve de-tasseled corn (a Midwest thing), I’ve worked in a meat pack, as a high rise window cleaner, a bartender, a waiter, a gas station attendant, a truck loader, a t-shirt artist, an electrical sign designer, a sign salesman, a sales manager, and a webmaster and probably several others I can’t remember off the top of my head. All of these things have either led me or pushed me into my present career and while I wouldn’t want to do most of them ever again, I don’t regret a single one of them (except maybe the meat pack).

I am passionate

On a personal level, I am the youngest of three children. I am married to the girl I fell in love with so many years ago in college and with whom I am now raising three children of my own. My wife is my partner and my best friend, she does the majority of child rearing plus she helps me stay organized and focused on being a good provider for us all.

I’m passionate about my work and I feel incredibly fortunate that I get to get up everyday and do something I truly love. I’m one of the fortunate few that grew up and got to do exactly what they wanted to do when they were kids.

I am flawed

I think a big part of what makes a person who they are are the challenges they have faced in life and overcome. Professionally my biggest challenge has been my mediocrity. I’m pretty good at what I do but there are others who are better and there was a time when, in all honesty, I wasn’t very good. It’s taken a long time to reach the level I’m at now but I know I have much to learn and much farther to go.

My journey

I believe failures are just as important as successes. If success is a ladder, failure is the pathway that leads to the ladder. Things haven’t always gone my way, I’ve seen my share of tragedy and I’ve experienced my share of pain and loss, personally and professionally. You either learn and grow from these things or you use them as an excuse to quit…quitting isn’t an option.

I believe

I’m spiritual, I’m political, and I’m loaded with opinions but I believe those things are private and have no business coming to work with me. I believe life is a journey, not a race, and that we all share the same road and letting the other guy merge is always the right thing to do. I believe that experience, my parents, and my children are the best teachers I’ve ever had.

The best part of me…

the-best

Oh yeah…

In my spare time I feed a passion for photography, art and writing. Check out my other creative work at www.artistpoet.com.