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The Ironic Happiness of Unemployment: Inspiration in Scarcity — Life of A Designer

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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The Ironic Happiness of Unemployment: Inspiration in Scarcity

Hugh Shomari Lacy, 29
Atlanta, GA
“Being a your own boss is cool but even more challenging than you would ever think, but hopefully it will pay off soon.”

Former Occupation: Architect
New Career: Online Publisher
Refugee Designer is an online design magazine about architecture, interior, graphic/web, and fashion design and the technology used in these fields, as well as the business of running a design firm. It employs friends and colleges that are trying to make it through the recession.

How long have you been unemployed in the traditional market?
Laid off in February 2009

Why did you choose your current career path to explore?
A couple of drinks after being laid off, it was a random idea that just popped into my head. The next day, I remembered it.

Would you have chosen this career if traditional market path was still an option?
Probably not, I would have thought about it, but more than likely, I would not have followed it.

What’s been the most challenging factor thus far?
Learning all the technical stuff about being online such are php, wordpress, legal issues of sources and credit

Future goals/aspirations:
I plan to grow the magazine into a secure and profitable business. Perhaps offer a scholarship or two someday.

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  1. James says:

    Excellent Article!! This is great posititve and uplifting news! GO MISSISSIPPI!!! And the south…and Serbia :) Keep it up guys and best of luck for the future!


  2. Phillip Rogers says:

    I enjoyed reading this article. It opens my eyes to fact that people majoring in engineering used to have a guaranteed job after graduation, but because of the economy nothing is guaranteed anymore.

  3. Stacy says:

    great article. it’s always uplifting to hear how people make the most of what could be a negative situation. gotta stay positive! good luck and great site!

  4. Ms T says:

    great article about a great friend of mine who has taken what could have been a potentially devastating situation, and turned it into an opportunity to follow a life long dream! Just goes to show that losing your job is not always a bad thing…especially when you have the foresight, determination, and guts required to start your own business…in this economy, it is really the only way to know that you will have some type of job security…you are never safe these days in the workforce. I am very proud of Joseph and anyone else who takes the bulls by the horns, and does not let the state of the economy determine their future…kudos Jo, and I KNOW that you will be a success, and I wish the best of luck to others in the same situation.

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