I’m pretty happy with some of the things I’ve been producing for work lately, and I think that taking the class at Lamar is helping me get my design mojo back. Honestly, I haven’t felt this creative in a VERY long time, if ever! I feel like I’m on the verge of experiencing a personal renaissance, and I’m trying to take advantage of this flow of creativity as much as possible.
Of course for work, I have to put a *bit* of restraint on how out there I want to go with my layouts. At least for now ;). I’m still trying to get a feel for how much I can get away with design wise at work, and so far, people seem to be happy.
I’ve been making some web banners…
Aaaand more brochures than I’d care to share right now…haha
I’m also in the process of designing the catalog covers for next year. Things are great and super busy, and I’m enjoying every minute of it! Granted, these aren’t the most EXCITING layouts ever, but at least they’re getting the message across for now. You can’t exactly push the envelope too much for an Institute of Technology in Southeast Texas, but I’m working on it. 😉 I am really trying to break through with trying some new typographical designs, but I’m saving those for myself until I feel confident enough in presenting them to the public. Till then, straight and forward are my friends for a while.
Sadly, I wasn’t be able to attend class on Wednesday since I have a lot of deadlines at work that are really pressing. I’m so thankful to have the luxury to attend when it’s most convenient for me because the class, even though the lessons are pretty basic for the most part, are actually stimulating my creativity in ways I didn’t think they would or could. If I can sneak over there for a little bit, I might — I’ve never been one who’s been too keen on missing class (because I’m en enormous nerd…haha).
I have a WHOLE new appreciation for people who work full time and attend school. I don’t know when I’d ever sleep if I were actually REQUIRED to do ALL the assignments given in Crispin’s class. Of course, I try to participate as much as I can, but unlike the other students in the class, I already work as a graphic designer professionally, and right now my job has top priority.
Speaking of learning, I also just started some lessons in Tagalog with Rosetta Stone. Better late than never, I suppose! My parents decided not to teach me how to speak their native language when I was growing up here in Texas because they said they didn’t want me to get confused, but childhood is actually the BEST time to learn multiple languages! Oh well…they were still able to teach me a lot, so the learning process isn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I’m just excited and relieved about better understanding sentence structure and other grammatical instances of the Tagalog language. I was much better at pronunciation back when I was in high school, though — I’ve got my work cut out for me.
An old acquaintance/friend of mine from high school (Scott Hamric) was awesome enough to share one the software licenses to his Rosetta Stone with me free of charge! He’s newly engaged to a Filipina, so he’s trying to learn Tagalog for her, which I think is super sweet. I wish them the best and I thank Scott for thinking of me in sharing the software! I’ve done it two nights in a row now, and I’ve already learned a lot!
Cheers to unending learning! I just hope my brain and body can keep up with what I want to do next…