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3 Reasons to be Happy as a Designer

It’s Thanksgiving and there is a lot to be thankful about.

Whether you are just now starting off as a student, or already have an existing career in the field, there are plenty of reasons to be happy as a graphic designer!

1. You get paid for being creative.

While design is a procedural discipline, it also gives you endless opportunities to be actively creative.

3. You’ll never stop learning.

Your work will continue to improve and evolve. Like Paula Scher once said, “it’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”

3. Every day is different.

A graphic design career can take you to places you never thought possible; you will be facing new creative challenges constantly and will encounter many wonderful opportunities for yourself and with other creatives.

With good design always in demand, you have the power to make a positive difference in the world through your work. Additionally, you learn to become business minded and get to see people interact with your work physically and emotionally.

Ultimately, as a graphic designer, you’ll change the way you see the world and gain new inspiration every single day. Now, how amazing is that?

A Realization

Over the past 48 hours, I’ve been contemplating something and finally realized the importance of my reflection upon it. I began to type it out as a post for project 6, but what started as a train of thought soon turned into a 2600-word catharsis. For this reason, I must use it as my argumentative topic. And might I add: it reads well.

I’ve never been more proud of anything I’ve written in my entire life as I am about this, so please lend me your time and patience. I won’t release it on this forum yet, because it will be my final draft for project 5.
However, upon the due date, I will make it available for you to read and respond to (and like James says: “I’m genuinely interested in what you have to say.”)

I am finally realizing the worth of these observations and the analyzation of them. Come 11/30 I will post this paper to the writingforartists website for you to read and reflect upon, with the sole intention (and hope) that you derive new understandings from my thought processes.

One thing I will say of it: It is an essay on my transformation throughout my stay within George Mason’s Arts Department, and a collection of the observations I’ve made during said stay.

I’ve always wondered why I observe so often rather than project: Why I listen much more than speak. I think this essay has helped me console my thoughts on the matter and has ultimately brought me some closure. This is the first writing assignment I’ve been truly passionate about in a while (other than the design proposal), so I’m very excited to share my thoughts with you and read/hear your response.

Here’s a victorian picture to weird you out.

Post it? Nature?

We live with nature. Nature plays a very big role in design development. People have drawn to design inspired by nature. People have figured out ways of dealing with the environment. Most innovative designs are determined by the environment. What we are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing our concept.

The first design is the grand prize winner, by Sachie Ohga. It’s called by “Slice.” Post it? or Onion? It looks like the cross-section of a red onion. The shape and size are changed by using it. We can feel the natural cycle changing the shape and the size.

The second design is that “Leafusen” notes, by A4craft design studio, add a bit of nature to our note-taking. You can use it as a short memo or a point. These change color over time, just like real leave. Changing color of the leaves shows us the flow of nature. We can enjoy the nature in our office.

Plants at your Place

 

Something I’ve noticed whenever I redecorate my room, which is actually quite often, is how much more aesthetically pleasing it appears when I add a plant near the window or on the table. There’s something beautiful about a nice, noticeable, green plant with the light colored backdrop of the wall.

There are several benefits of having particular plants as a part of the design in your room. It keeps the air clean and also adds that small, missing touch to your room. I’ve noticed that whether a room is clean and simplistic or if it is over stuffed with furniture and clothes, a plant or plants in the room add that right amount of balance to it.

To me, it seems that small, green plants in a well selected glass vase/container are the perfect design addition to fix up any room’s appeal or to add to its existing aesthetic.

 

Don’t Be Afraid of Color!

Don’t be afraid of color!

I recently read Michael Bierut’s essay Chromatophobia, which tells the story of when he realized he had a fear of color, and it made me contemplate how complex color really is. With over 10,000,000 colors we can see, there are even more color combinations—and yeah, that can be pretty overwhelming.

Fear not, however! Adobe has come to our rescue with Adobe Color, a website with the potential to solve your color-crazed worries.

Users can browse through colors on an interactive color wheel, with four other swatches changing according to the base color swatch of your choice as well as the type of color rule you want. Adobe Color can curate complementary, analogous, monochromatic, triad, compound, and shades color palettes. And if you don’t like any of those, you can even create your own color palette!

Then, you can save the theme to your Creative Cloud Library to be used in any of your Creative Cloud software. It’s super convenient, easy to use, and great for the many of us—designers and non-designers alike—that can get a little overwhelmed by color. Cheers!

Good Design Can Make You A Millionaire!

We’ve all seen those dumb gag gifts that you would never buy for yourself but for someone else as a joke. One night in the mid 1970’s, Gary Dahl was out at a bar with some friends drinking and chatting. The bar talk turned to pets, and to the feeding, walking and cleaning up after them. Dahl thought it would be funny to tell his friends that he has no such problems because his pet is a rock. At first it was all a joke but then he decided to run with his idea of pet rocks.

Dahl recruited two colleagues as investors, visited a building-supply store and bought a load of smooth Mexican beach stones at about a penny apiece. The genius was in the packaging. Each Pet Rock came in a cardboard carrying case, complete with air holes, tenderly nestled on a bed of excelsior. Mr. Dahl’s droll masterstroke was his accompanying manual on the care, feeding and house training of Pet Rocks. This story just goes to show how important design is and the impact it can make on the outcome of a product’s success. So now the question is, what will be your pet rock idea that will make you millions?

Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/us/gary-dahl-inventor-of-the-pet-rock-dies-at-78.html

 

Are you a better graphic designer than David Bowie?

Before these individuals became Hollywood celebrities, they went through the same courses as design students! This article by Creative Blog uncovers eight famous people who began their carers in design. The list begins with Alan Rickman, known for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movie series. Rickman studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, then went on to a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Art. He went on to open his own design agency “Graphiti”, which he ran for three years before leaving to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

The chameleon that David Bowie is, specialized in layout and typesetting at Bromley College of Art in the 60’s. Although he never made a career out of design after he graduated, one instance where he was got into a fight at school is what left him with one permanently dilated pupil. Still we can only image the his design style he might of had as a graphic designer.

Illusive Character Design

I have a lot of respect for animators and graphic artists. Why? Character Design. I have been drawing since my hand could hold a pencil and I still cannot wrap my brain around it. It’s not that I don’t know how to draw body parts or that I can’t find a concept. I have plenty of experience with both, but my brain still cannot compute character design. For three years, I took drawing classes where I learned how to make realistic figure drawings. When I finished my classes, I had pretty much mastered figure drawing. When I try to draw fun characters in my sketchbook, it’s always the same. I either draw an awkward form or my mind goes blank all together. To get over this, I have began drawing some of my favorite animated characters often. I am hoping that this practice will help me achieve better skill and ideas in character design. In the future, I hope I can create something as good as these photos I have placed below.

It Happens To Even The Best Of Us

Today I decided to read the The Washington Post Magazine: Education Issue and boy did it educate me. For such an esteemed magazine I found a number of basic typography 101 errors. A great graphic designer works with what they have to the best of their abilities. This requires us to get creative even with the constraints. Sometimes a client will give you text that will not work for your format no matter how much you tweak it to flow. However, there are things that should remain consistent— the formatting for instance. In this magazine there were a total of 20 widows, 2 orphans and inconsistent placement of text through out the entire issue.

In a way it was a relief to know that even professionals make mistakes. A lesson to be taken from this is that everyone is still learning. So if you’re in a waiting room and you see a magazine, brochure or newspaper take a look. You’ll learn about what to do and what not to do for a client.

Keep banging your head

When you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown as a result of the multiple projects you have, don’t do it. Take some deep breaths. The moments when you’re at your lowest can be the most revealing about your character and a testament to your resilience. Character is built through experience, and mental strength .

I’ll put it in terms of a video game:

As you progress through a game, you become resilient to it. This resilience must be met with a tougher challenge to keep the game challenging. The same thing can be applied for work. When you overcome a tough objective, you improve your mental strength and capacity.

Your mind is your worst enemy. But there’s always a fight worth fighting for, so put the effort in.