Working for the man ain’t no crime, yo
~ 04 December 2006 ~
At the beginning of the summer, had you told me that I’d leave Utah as a freelancer, move to Arkansas for a short while, and then settle in Florida — only to end up back in Utah employed by a worldwide religious organization — I would have have offered this terse riposte: “Pfft! Shut uuuuup.”
And yet that’s precisely what has happened.
While I’ve had plenty of time to think about how I might phrase this announcement, words seem to flow like molasses once pen hits paper. Or more precisely, fingers hit keys. But for those interested in the details, keep reading after the jump and I’ll do my best to wax eloquent. For you skimmers out there, I just spoonfed you the highlights.
Following 18 months of successful freelancing, I’m now Principal Interaction Designer for the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. A client of mine since earlier this year (see LDS.org comps), they had contacted me regarding a second project, from which discussions sprung up about potential employment. An offer was extended that was too good to turn down, and I accepted. While some of you are aware that I came close to taking a job with Apple, most of you are impervious to the fact that I was also recruited, in part or full, by a few other top tech firms since. But the timing was never right.
Or maybe there was more to it than just timing. Maybe it’s the crew I now rub shoulders with on a daily basis, some of whom include Gilbert Lee, John Dilworth, Jason Lynes, and Randy Hall (several others mentioned at the unstoppable NorthTemple.com) who oversee dozens of sites and web apps. Maybe it’s the appeal of working for an organization with members and operations in more than 160 countries and 100 languages. Or maybe it’s the belief that I’m not just working for the man, but rather for something that supersedes temporal employment.
Bah, who am I kidding? Truth of the matter is I merely needed new blog material, and moving about the country for five months was a perfect conduit for inspiration. I must go now. I’ve got lots to write about.
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