Hand Lettering: Practice

I’ve had the chance to work on some hand lettering today – still have a long ways to go and a lot to learn but it’s a start!

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Concrete Jungle of NYC

Just got back last night from a trip to the concrete jungle of New York City. Interesting train ride from Rochester to NYC going from trees, wide open spaces and farm land to endless seas of buildings.

It was the first time I’ve been in NYC that I’ve spent more than 24 hours not doing touristy things. Gives a different perspective on the city – especially after walking over 6 miles in it from Long Island City to Central Park!

Definitely a lot more to look at in terms of advertising there. Bus wraps (Simply Orange wins the award for that), Subway ads, Amtrak ads, taxi signs, etc. Wish I had taken more pictures of everything – guess I’ll just have to make another trip.

There’s something beautiful about all of the graffiti on the buildings. The graffiti on the building below was something way beyond the traditional stuff seen on the side of bridges or trucks. The level of detail on each was incredible especially on the huge portraits of people were spray painted on the buildings. Wish I could have gotten a closer look at some of it. It would be interesting to see the transformation of a building such as this one.

On the train ride there and back, I got a solid 6 hours of work in on some wireframes I’m working on for a Graphic Design online archive for my Advance Design Networking class. I’ve decided that train travel is the way to go – so civil. There are plugs and everything! But it’s also a great way to tune out everything else and just get work done. Really excited about how these are turning out so far, will be interesting to take it the rest of the way. Updates on that as it progresses.

 

Spring Quarter – RIT

This next quarter is my LAST one at RIT. Kind of crazy to think about, considering in my head I’m still a sophomore.. or applying for college. I’m definitely going to be taking advantage of these next 11 weeks to make some sweet work & really get all that I can out of the rest of my time here.

Today I had Career Search class which deals with personal branding, our website, promotional pieces, etc. It’s always fun to redesign my own collateral because it’s the one time you’re the boss & get to decide everything without asking! Plus it’s like having a client around all of the time (I believe I’m on redesign numero 4?). Also had my Advanced Design Networking class this morning which is in New Media design + will be focused on iPhone/website interactivity. Super pumped for that class.

    

I did get a chance to work on my own personal website over break but I’m still not 100% happy with it (I’m starting to think that’s a reoccurring theme..). But I’ve noticed the more I redo it, the more comfortable I am getting with coding. Win-win?

 

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The Past – Continued

As long as we’re on the topic of things from way back when… here are some black & white film photographs I took when I apparently had no concept of contrast. Graininess is due to processing.

How very hipster of me.

All three were taken sometime in 2007 down in Athens, GA while visiting my grandparents. The third is the Bridge that the famous band, REM, was photographed on for their album cover.

This is making me want to dig back through all of my old work and see just how far I’ve come in 4+ years. It’s also making me want to get back into more fine art driven things. Need a break from graphic design every once in a while!

Sketchbook Sundays

Maybe this will inspire me to draw more – I realized the other day that all I do is write to-do lists in my sketchbooks!

They sometime get a wee bit out of control. I’ve been trying to make more of a conscious effort to doodle in my sketchbook, I love doing it and yet I never seem to remember that it’s an option for free time (which has been few and far between lately).

Painting – From Way Back When

To be filed under “things that make me laugh”… I found these hiding on a thumb drive from forever ago. By forever, I mean junior year of high school. That feels like an eternity.

Proportions were clearly of zero importance…

It’s interesting to look at artwork from that long ago that I haven’t so much as thought about in the past 4 years or so. Definitely come a long way & yet there’s something nice and naive about these. I remember doing a whole series of square paintings just about objects that I found around the art room. Maybe I should bust out the paints again and see how I’ve improved.

Side note: It’s finally time for Spring Break! After a long quarter with oodles of projects, I’m finally headed south (well, comparatively) for a week of sleep, family time + designing.

How to Survive – iPhone App

As I talked about earlier, I’ve been working on an editorial spread for a while now. The topic I decided on early this quarter was “How to Survive 16 Hours in the car” as that is the length of our typical road trip to Wisconsin each year for Thanksgiving.

For Interactive Design we were required to animate an app in After Effects. Being unfamiliar with the software, I wanted to choose something I already had assets for rather than worrying about both the design AND the new software. Turn out I completely changed my mind on the overall design of the piece in the process so I ended up redoing everything anyway – but it was worth a try!

The app features various games that can be played on the car ride. Ideally it would be a more in depth app but this was a pretty quick deadline. I featured the “Are We There Yet?” part of it where a user can insert their intended destination and then anytime the “Are We There Yet” button is pushed the app updates you with a “Nope, not yet. Still have ____ miles to go” or some other similar saying. There is also a “States & Plates” part that acts as a digital checklist for finding license plates.

Unfortunately the final movie clip is a little large to embed on here right now. After Effects is definitely going to take longer than the 2 weeks I spent on it to get used to! I’m pretty happy with the progress that I made on it so far and definitely a lot happier with this direction compared to where I was going with it earlier in the quarter. Everything always seems to smooth itself out in the end!