Saturday, March 28, 2009

I'm logo-ing tonight. Well, I guess "logo-ing" is more of designing logos. I'm actually just researching them. And I'm finding brilliance! Go to logopond and look at them. Some of them are just genius. I've spent the last hour just browsing through pages and pages of them. The logo I should be working on right now is for one of our final school projects. We're doing a huge identity design for a theoretical hybrid car company. Car logos are difficult. I find them very, very, very vague. And there are many other logos out there just like them. I'm not saying there's something wrong with them, but I'm not very good at them. Simplicity is one of the main topics on my list of "Bee must practice" things. I don't know if it's because I'm so used to drawing in high detail or just because I'm not good at "seeing". Sometimes it takes me a minute or two to figure out a clever logo with more then one angle, but I think that's often the point of those logos.

Oh by the way, isn't that logo just fantastic? Practice, practice, practice.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Broaden my knowledge.

I've come to realize that web design (especially with Dreamweaver) requires constant practice. Even though I've been working on a site for client almost every day now, I still find myself forgetting how to do things you'd think I know by now. I wish it was easier but at the same time I don't because it makes our work as designers that much more valuable. I suppose no matter how much people learn the technical side of something, if they don't have the design bit down pat, they may as well be a code monkey. I really appreciate learning new things when it comes to design. I want to be good. Really good. And practice makes good.

I've finished the website I've been working on to the point where it's ready for browsers. I uploaded it this afternoon. After a little bit of strife and technical difficulties, it's now online. Liftoff. You can view it here. I'm quite pleased with myself for not ripping hair from my head or attempting any violence towards my computer. Another thing I've learned is that a good client makes things run ten times smoother. This client was awesome. Very cooperative and easy going. We had lunch in a cafe last week and went over some things that I had worked on. We also made some printing orders and here we are a week later with a brand new logo, business cards, invitation cards, and entire website.

I'm extremely thankful for a good start.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 a day dream believer

Dreamweaver is cooperating.
I'm actually getting good at this thing we call web design. I worked on a website for a client all day yesterday and when it was time to go to bed, I still wanted to work on it. I'm not sick of it at all. Oh yeah oh yeah. My patience is growing. 2 points for me!

Monday, March 9, 2009

My sketchbook is full!

I'm so excited. I barely ever fill sketchbooks. I have this disease or disorder--whatever you wish to call it--in which I compulsively buy sketchbooks/notebooks all the time. I have lots of work in all of my sketchbooks but I think this is the first one I have completely filled. If there are any others, they're probably just department store 30 page Hilroy cheapies.

But I filled this one!

Good on yeh.

It's a good day. Design ideas are coming to me, I've read some good blogs, and I plan to revamp my blog's appearance very soon. Yeah. You'd think a designer would use something they designed rather than a template. Like I said, it will be updated soon.
I'm quite pleased with my work. A client chose a poster I designed out of 20(or more) others. We do these projects quite often in my class. A client comes in, tells us what they want, we make it, they choose it. And this is the first time I've been chosen. It was quite a surprise.
I think I'm easily inspired. I've always said I was easily inspired but poorly motivated. I could be sititng here stumbling on all these great sites and thinking, What a great idea, I want to do it too.. But then something on the TV catches my eye or my stomach growls and the inspiration weens off into the abyss.
Designers have short attention spans. True story.
If you're a designer and you don't, good on yeh mate.

What a good day. I think I'll go design something.