I’m going to Design Ranch!

So in a sudden turn of events, I got contacted a week before Design Ranch from the waiting list! I’m going! Alone! Nervous but excited! See you there???

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P2P Conference: Booth Graphics

Recently I got to do some booth graphics at work. I was told it would be back-lit, so I decided to take advantage of that by creating some bokeh graphics (which I posted earlier on Dribbble) with the company colors. I was asked to use previously-created icons along this sides.

The marketing guy at work loved how it turned out, and apparently we were told we had the best booth graphics at the whole event. Here’s a screencap from a video that was taken at the event!

On The Hill

A nonprofit client of mine recently got to go up to D.C. to lobby for their cause, and my project manager and I assisted them with creating some materials for the lunch event. Below are some pictures they sent over!

The client wanted to showcase stories from the people they’re representing, so we worked together to create 15 table tents with stories and different statistics on the back of each. In addition we created a large, clean infographic showing where in the country some of these stories come from, and where they live.

You can see another piece of work I did for a related campaign here on Dribbble (an interactive infographic).

Always great to see your work in the wild!

“SHOW YOUR WORK”: Follow up

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!

Let’s Go

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.

Anyway! I’ve had this book for a while, but as I was letting a creative friend go through my library of design books last night I grabbed this for the flight. My JavaScript book will only keep me so entertained, hah. I cracked it in the airport (having arrived 2 hours early for no apparent reason), and immediately came upon a Dan Harmon quote (of Community and Rick & Morty fame).

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).

Register To Vote! Shirt Design

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!

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My coworker sent me a selfie that her mom sent over!

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