So I finished the book my previous blog post: Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon. It’s a quick read, but there are a lot of ideas to unpack in this little book.
There’s a concept in this book that I actually initially struggled with when putting my work and thoughts online: to always question your online offerings with a “So What?” I’ve never found my thoughts, ideas so far as groundbreaking or out of the ordinary ENOUGH to warrant housing them somewhere on the internet (other than my portfolio website of course, which is full of work I’m proud of), so why push them out for the world to see? I eventually realized that this was limiting my creativity and thought processes; if you don’t get your work out there, even unfinished, there’s no way to discuss it and get better. And a blog easily allows you to reflect and see where you came from.
This concept, something that should have stuck with me from school and made so much sense in the classroom did not translate to online presence for me, and I’m guessing it’s because there’s so much finished work and talented, experienced people on the internet that most (or at least I) can’t help but feel small and unimportant sometimes. “Yelling into the void,” as it were. But hey, I have to look at this as “carving my space out” on the internet, another concept Austin discusses in this book.
I may add to this post as I consider the book further. It’s definitely worth a read!
Best time to get some actual reading done: on the plane. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is upset that WiFi is quickly becoming expected on flights. The one last bastion of a relatively distraction-free zone (aside from a upset baby) is slowly disappearing from the skies.
Excited to get to Atlanta! I’ll be visiting my sister who moved there a couple of years ago, and we’ll be checking out the eclipse (she’s 2 hours from the TOTALITY; sounds so ominous).
It was the company owner’s birthday this week at the office, so the other graphic designer and I decided to play a small prank; make it look like we filled his entire office with balloons! We got two sizes of balloons to fill in the holes as we went.
He ended up loving it for utilitarian reasons; it meant that he had privacy for a couple of days until the balloon started to drift off the window and deflate. Also, his kid came in and had a blast kicking them all over the office.
Recently I volunteered to create a shirt for a coworker’s mother, who herself volunteers to register people to vote at events around the state.
Below are some of the options I sent over for the client to check out. The shirt had to be non-partisan, and the client asked for a Texas bent. The flag version won out, and after a copy change, the shirt was ready for the client to take to her preferred printer!
My coworker sent me a selfie that her mom sent over!
Apologies to Dasani.
People in my department have created cute little logo parodies out of their names for their Slack internal chat avatars, and I got inspired and came up with my own! I really only had to make a few new letterforms; the “M” and the “R,” and mess around a bit with the layout.
One of my coworkers used Subaru, another Dino Gas brand from the Pixar Cars movies. The third chose Topo Chico. So we have a bit of a weird trend of water and automobile brands going on.
We recently had a coworker leave Redroc, and we’re all pretty bummed about it! She’s been here for a while, started from the bottom, and has really become an integral part of the company. We wanted to make her something to remember us by, so I created a little magazine cover (“The Goodbye Issue”). She’s a fan of Elle and similar magazines.
Everyone she was close to wrote a little blurb. I was limited in my photo choices (it was a surprise so we couldn’t ask!), so she’s actually in her wedding dress here, with photoshopped skirt and Tito’s in hand (her favorite). We then printed it out and framed it for her last day.
Good luck at the new gig, Daisy! We’ll miss you!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone!
Here’s a bit of a thematic post for today: the little mascot monkey (“Lumi”) that I created for a client at work had plushies made! Definitely a first for my career, haha.
The client ordered these on their own (I am nit-picky and definitely would have had some feedback), but still it was a nice surprise coming back after the holiday. I hope I can get my hands on one!
You can check out some sketches and final art of Lumi here on my website.