About a year ago a friend let me borrow her Canon for a project I was working on and I really loved working with it, so naturally I begged for my own camera for Christmas. At a camera expo in town I got to try out a few models and I really liked the Panasonic, and lo and behold it was under the tree on Christmas morning. I’m no photographer (yet) but I’m enjoying teaching myself how to use it, although I do plan on taking a class at some point. Mostly I’ve been tinkering with the aperture and trying to figure out lighting.
I’ve been out of school for a few months and have been on the job hunt, which is a little tougher than I thought it would be (naive, I know). But my dad gave me a little design project to work on, which was great so I wouldn’t get rusty in the meantime. My dad is an avid cyclist, and his bike team was holding a competition to redesign their jerseys for an upcoming ride. My dad isn’t a designer, so he sort of acted as an “art director” for me. He rides with a team that’s mostly made up of architects from a firm called Christner, so my idea for the design was to incorporate elements from their website and mission statement into the final product. My design wasn’t picked, but it was still fun to work on it and be entered into the contest.
I forgot to make a follow-up post to my Senior Exhibition – it went really great!
My mom came down to Springfield to see it and a lot of friends came. I was actually surprised so many came since I hadn’t said too much about to them, but I was so happy they came out to support me. I didn’t prepare a speech but since I had been working on this project for months I felt like I knew what I was talking about. My client came to my presentation too! She was basically a saint and said really nice things about me to my professor.
Speaking of my professor, he is known for being one of the toughest professors in our design department. He will definitely push you to your limits, and I know I’ve learned a lot from him. He said in front of all those people that I did a good job with helping my community with this project, and that comment meant the most to me. I was flying on that compliment for the next couple of days.
I’m really glad I chose a project that meant something to me – I knew I wanted to work with an organization that helped either animals or children. As it turns out, I got to make a children’s book for an animal clinic, so I got a good mix of the two.
When my brother and sister-in-law showed me their first ultrasound photos back in March, I immediately burst into tears. I’m going to be an aunt! A few weeks after that they found out that they were going to have a little girl and I’m just dying to meet her. I haven’t felt her kick yet, but I’m hoping to soon. My mom and I have already bought her some clothes (I’m pretty sure we got her one that says “Auntie’s BFF).
I’ve been struggling a bit with leaving the familiarity of college and all the friends I’ve made and now having to worry about job hunting, so this baby is sort of like a beacon of hope. There’s been a few times when I’ve gotten really stressed out about “the future” but knowing there’s going to be a new addition to our family in September makes everything easier.
My Senior project is done! For my project I had to find and work with a client that had a design problem. I love animals and kids, so I decided to do a project that covered both. I worked with SAAF House, a local nonprofit organization that spays and neuters pets at a low cost. They had an educational activity booklet for children, but it was old and it came from another shelter. I created a new activity book for them and made exclusive to SAAF. I put some photos of it in my portfolio! I had fun working on this and my client was very friendly and courteous. Now I just have to get ready to present my project for Monday!
So I’m posting this here so I don’t forget about it, but I have a personal project idea that is probably inspired by seeing Aaron Draplin and other designers who make something when they can’t find it.
I love movies and I love going to the movies. A couple Christmases ago my mom got me a ticket stub book so I could save all of my movie tickets and it’s been the best spontaneous, this-wasn’t-on-my-wishlist-and-it’s-better-than-what-I-came-up-with gift ever. I love my ticket stub book and I spend inordinate amounts of time updating it and looking at old tickets.
The problem is is that a lot of movie theaters nowadays are foregoing beautiful, well-designed tickets in favor of cheap, flimsy tickets where the type rubs off and it drives me crazy when I can’t read the ticket a year after I bought it. Movies tickets are memories! I write the title of the movie next to the ticket and who I saw it with, but I don’t want just scraps of crappy blank paper to be kept in my sacred ticket stub book.
My plan is (when I have time/motivation) is to make my own movie tickets of my favorite films and I really, really wish I had thought of this idea for my Senior Project, like, three months ago. It’s too late to change ideas, but I hope I’ll do this on my own time when I’m out of school. I want this post to stay here so whenever I log on I’ll see it and remember and get to work on it. Hopefully.
It’s getting down to the final push for this semester and I’m getting an awesome mixture of excitement/terror. It’s mostly terror at this point. I did get to see Aaron Draplin give a talk last night and he was AMAZING. Seriously, I think I have a design idol now. I bought a sweet poster from him; he had a bunch of Missouri posters and I managed to snag one and have him sign it. I honest-to-God had shaky knees when I spoke to him. He was just such a down-to-earth, laid-back and humble guy who loves his parents and his dog and his design ethic really spoke to me. It was a great talk and I hope I get to see him again some day.
This project took the majority of the fall semester to make, but it was definitely worth it. I found this detached car light on the side of the road and brought it in to my sculpture class and decided to make a lamp out of it. I had a lot of fun smashing glass and applying it to the exterior. Grouting it wasn’t nearly as much fun – it’s the messiest substance. My professor then helped me wire it with a lamp kit I bought and now it’s a fully functioning lamp!
For my Special Topics class we got to take a piece of literature and turn it into a two page spread. I chose “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates because it’s one of my favorite short stories. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. I had to edit some of the lines out to make more room which killed me inside but it had to be done.
One of my professors this semester likes to push us to work outside the computer – something that seemed daunting at first but I’ve come to really appreciate it. The book covers above are in a series depending on their target audience – teenager, conservative, and sophisticated. I used a mix of construction paper, paint, magazine clippings, and fake hair to create them, and it was fun to play around with different materials. I’m really glad my professor pushed me to work outside the box, because I’m proud of them.