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!

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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!

MondoCon IV: 2017

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CREDIT: JOHN VOGL, 2017

Another year, another MondoCon! Fourth year volunteering. Met some great people this year, and since my walls are full, managed to only buy two posters. Definitely got some other swag though, including this great shirt and print by John Vogl of The Bungaloo. Check out the detail on the eyes; just a touch of white. I think I own every iteration of that viking pin on the left, too (old print on a shirt, new print on a shirt, pin… it’s so good, can’t get enough). Speaking of pins, I bought a lot this year… They’re back in vogue, and out in full force.

Had a great time visiting with some of my other favorite artists and designers: Erica Williams, Kevin Tong, Aaron Draplin, the couple behind Landland, etc.

Small story behind one of the posters I bought… Kevin Tong recently came out with an amazing Pixies print. I told myself I wouldn’t buy it unless an Art Print came out (no text), more to prevent me from buying another poster I don’t need than anything else. So guess what he did; fans in his Facebook group rallied, and one guy (who apparently does this fairly often) politely requested an AP. And he did it, and released it at MondoCon!

Detail shot of the beautiful poster below. The glass shards from the car are clear varnish, so they glint in the light.

ARTWORK BY KEVIN TONG

ARTWORK BY KEVIN TONG, 2017; “COLLISION”

See y’all out there next year!

Eclipse: The Totality

I got to go visit my sister for the solar eclipse! She lives only two hours away from the path of the totality, so I made a miniature vacation out of it. It’s also the first time I’ve gotten to visit her since she moved away from Texas. My cousin and a good friend of his also came out for a visit.

My sister nabbed the special glasses ahead of time online. It’s a good thing too; they were in high demand and sold out everywhere (and I’m sure you saw the news articles about fakes floating around).

My cousin was wearing an odd shirt that let you draw on it with a silver sharpie, and he asked me to draw an eclipse! He wore it the day of the event, and then afterward I added the date and we all signed it and took a picture with it to commemorate the event. It was a little goofy, but sweet.

Georgia was so lovely (and so green!!!). After the eclipse we drove for a bit to some falls my sister knew about, just in a park in a secluded area.

By the way, the next eclipse will take place April 8, 2024, and the totality will be over Texas! My sister said “We can take our kids!” Neither of us have kids yet. Hah. Hah hah.

“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!