I'm a low-level government bureaucrat. My job is pretty mundane: I send a lot of e-mail and work with spreadsheets. That kind of office work can deaden the soul. But occasionally, when I get to do something creative, like put together a sign, pamphlet, or slideshow, I feel a sense of peace and wish I could do it more. This past spring, I finally decided to ramp up my job skills and have some fun taking a college design class.

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