well i have some pretty big news to share with you today. after 12 issues i have decided to leave my position as art director of rue magazine. this upcoming issue will be my last huzzah.
my life needs real balance and something had to give. no more talking about balancing, actually doing it. rue was an incredible learning experience for me, but it was also a lot of time, energy and all-nighters. i’ve come to a point in my career where i need more focus. you know that saying “pick one thing and get really good at it”? i was doing 4…yeah, my life was cray.
i’ll never forget when i started at rue, i felt unprepared and super nervous. the photos up above was actually when i met the rue girls. i was just wearing pretty dresses in a ban.do photo shoot for issue 1. i had done magazine design work in the past, but not to this extent. not designing 100s of pages of content all by myself extent. i pretty much threw myself into the lion’s den and learned from my mistakes along the way. (gosh it pains me to go back and look at the very first issue!) now i feel like i could design that thing with my eyes closed. and i had a ton of fun doing it. (i mean, just look at this video after an all-nigher, ha!)
there were actually several times where i thought i couldn’t take on the task anymore. the deadlines were really tight and i was managing far too much. but i loved what i was doing and it wasn’t the right time then. and i am also not a quitter. i have to do my best and try not to look at this as quitting, and more like passing the torch. i’m thinking of it as rue part deux!
thank you for following along my rue journey. i feel so incredibly lucky to have been surrounded by all the creatives that put their time, energy and awesome ideas into this magazine. i have met some lifelong friends and will never regret my decision to be a part of it. this magazine taught me a lot about myself and who i am as a designer. now, it’s on to the next chapter for me…best of luck to rue! -bri