Archive for ‘Designs for School’

September 30, 2012

My first completed project is also my creepiest.

The first project of the semester was quite different than most. While I normally sit behind a computer, fumble through a design, and after three rounds of critique, settle upon a final, this project took me out of my comfort zone.

When Amy assigned us this project, I did what any student would do, and I bitched. “What the hell does this even have to do with Graphic Design?” In some roundabout way I know it does, but I didn’t get that right away. I begrudgingly completed my project, and by the end, I hate to admit it-I actually enjoyed it.

Well Played, Amy Pointer. Well Played.

We were each assigned an every day object. Someone got a paper clip, another, a light bulb, one fellow even got scissors. Our assignment was to take this ordinary object, and evolve its meaning into something else using photographs. I was given nails. Not finger nails, but nails, the fascinating tool.

My inner Catholic immediately went THERE- Nails. Jesus. Crucifixion. Death. Nails helped kill Jesus. Nails are a murder weapon.

I know this is strange to jump to immediately, but seriously. What else was I gonna go to?

After I determined that a nail/crucifix/blood combo was not working. I settled for taking the cross out of the equation, and just evolving nails into an object that injures and can induce bleeding. Nails and Blood minus the Catholic guilt. Plus, have you ever tried to go looking for a crucifix with Jesus actually on it? Churches don’t have that anymore, it seems.

Yup. that was me, driving around to local churches, trying to find a crucifix with Jesus on it, so I could drive my point home in class. I am a creeper.

In the long run, I was happy with how the project turned out. I demonstrated my theme, that nails are a weapon, or an object that can injure, by showing a pile of nails with spots of “blood.” In each frame, the blood progressively takes over the nails, and they get lost. I think that my use of carpentry nails, and my special mix of blood (corn syrup, one drop of blue food dye, 3 of red food dye, well mixed), created lovely photos, as far as creepy projects go.




May 9, 2012

No School for Summer = YAY X 100

Last night was my last class until fall. This semester has been so up and down for me. I started this program with such excitement and hope, but this semester, that level of enthusiasm dropped, with no sign of recovering.

Book design, Aka the Wednesday night book club, ended last week. My Raven IPad App got decent reviews on it. Even though I wasn’t fond of the assignment, I did the best I could. I wanted more for it, but it gets to the point where I just need to bang it out and get it finished. When the deadline approaches, you gotta haul ass.

I signed up for my second class, Information Design, not really knowing what to expect. It was the first time Amy was teaching this class (it was the first info design class ever!), and I knew that it would have some kinks. I could lie and say that I made lots of connections between design execution and theories on how to represent information in hierarchies, but for realz, I don’t pay attention to that crap. No one else’s but mine. To me, important stuff should be represented ahead of smaller things, and I use my own discretion. If it doesn’t work, then trust me, I’ll hear about it during critique.

Our final project was a 2 part assignment. The first was to collect data on ourselves and use it to create an infographic.

The second part was to create a mobile application . We weren’t sure how these two parts were related, but I did my best to tie mine together. Below is my infographic.

My Infographic, which details my creative process…if you can call it one.

My app, called RUSH, is a creative conscience tracker. You use this app to track moments during the day when you have a creative idea you would eventually like to execute.  The app not only lets you track your idea, but then it compiles that data into a report (ideally) that would tell you when, where, and under what conditions you would produce your best artistic work.

I really love this project. Although the “frames” are just a start, I can see me developing it into an actual app, provided I gain the know how.  Definitely my favorite work of the semester! More projects to come later.

Home/Start Up Screen

Retrieve & Create Ideas your idea

Track your idea using a picture (taken with the device or uploaded), a sound bite, or write it in. The file folder allows you to access an old one, or you can search for it using the search bar

Type your idea in

Tag your idea with key works, which aides in generating the report

Share with social media…or NOT!

May 3, 2012

End of the Semester & Funemployment Prep

 This happens to be the lovely time of the semester where I fall off the face of the Earth for 2 or 3 weeks because I simply cannot manage both my life and a blog. Anyway, I am back, and I’m ready to get my write on!



School is nearly done. I finished Book Design last night after presenting an interactive story app for Poe’s The Raven. No I did not know John Cusack was making a shitty movie about him at the time I started.

Next week marks the last class of the semester. Info Design has been a decent experience. For my final project, I created an app called Rush. It works as a tool to track your creative conscience. I can’t wait to finish it and be DONE!

There are 15 calendar days until I am officially closing the chapter of my life as a government contractor. Yes, I am still excited. No, I will not miss anything about it.

There are 4 weeks until I leave the country for a summer in Costa Rica. Yes I am still excited. Yes I am still nervous. Yes to all of the above!

I’ve already started setting aside the stuff I am taking (the fun part), and planning what I will do when I  return (necessary evil). So far, things have been smooth. The only part I can honestly say is the 4 vaccines I received yesterday, leaving me feeling like a sick little kid. Polio, Typhoid, Tetanus, and Hepatitis A/B (1st round) vaccines are running through my blood stream as we speak, getting ready to kill all sorts of shit in case I come across it. My own little army lying dormant…

I also bought these extremely thorough kits to prevent me from getting nasty little diseases like Dengue Fever (what the fuck), and another one to ease the discomfort of the travelers diarrhea that I am bound to get. The nurse lectured me for quite a while on what to eat and what not to eat, sucking the fun out of everything as she said no to street food and mixed drinks containing ice from unfiltered ice cubes. What the hell am I supposed to drink?! Oh well, beer it is.  How am I supposed to remember to not open my mouth in the shower, eat fruit salad washed in local water, put a straw in everything, etc? I know I’m a mess, and I’ll forget as soon as someone says, “drink this rum and passion fruit juice.”


SAY NO (Photo Courtesy of


She also broke my heart by telling me not to pet any animals. I understand why I shouldn’t pet random street dogs, but not hold a sloth monkey? That’s 75 % of the reason I chose Costa Rica! What am I supposed to love on while I’m down there?

Don’t pet him? That’s just mean! Surely this loving little creature won’t give me Ebola or Rabies….
(photo courtesy of

Aside from preparing for my doom via bat bite, life is normal for the next few weeks. Lots of things are on the way, but for now, I’m enjoying my last bit of normalcy before I take off. Friends, be prepared for me to be needy and clingy for the next month! I am going to get in as much time with you as I can.

March 28, 2012


I haven’t gotten my infographic guide from my information design class, but trust me, I am on pins and needles. I am really anxious to see what I got! I did get my first book back from book design class, and I was pleased  by my grade 🙂 I also finally got Monica’s business cards in the mail. I am so happy with how they turned out, and thankfully, so is Monica! Aside from one typo (GRRR!!!) they look great. I am so mad at that typo- especially since I asked three people to proof read it. Sadly, Monica and I didn’t notice it until we were drunk. Ironic, isn’t it?

February 21, 2012

Life Takeover in Progress

Well hello lovely people! School has officially taken over.

I’ve emerged from the most productive yet not fun three day weekend I’ve ever had.  I was locked in my apartment all weekend attempting to piece together and bind my first book, and then begin constructing what will soon be my first infographic guide.  Everything seems so simple until it isn’t, and needless to say, I struggled the whole time. Somehow, the book got bound, and I began identifying elements of my infographic. It had to be near comp quality, so handing in a shitty drawing wasn’t an option. The only way I stayed sane was by venturing out for dinner on Saturday, and then leaving the house yesterday to go to Target.  What a sad way to spend such a beautiful holiday weekend!


Anyway, I’m heading into the next week happy that I’ll only have to work 4 days, and happy that perhaps I will be able to do something fun this coming weekend. Nothing fancy- just simple like see a movie or ride  bike.  Pray that its meant to be!

February 2, 2012

Mid Week Madness with Creations on the Rise

I had every intention of writing a blog post yesterday to tell you all happy hump day, but I never made it. During what was the most hellacious day of 2012 thus far, I was too eaten up by misfortunes at work and obligations at school to write a post. I couldn’t sit down and pretend to care about much, because I just didn’t. If you have ever read my posts about work, then you can probably only imagine what my day may have been like.

I had a full week of classes! Information Design began on Tuesday, and I can tell I’m going to love it. Book Design proving to be tough, because any time you are creating something and it runs the chance of extreme criticism, it is hard! Thankfully, I really love Amy, my professor. We have a good group of students and I think it won’t be long before we get comfortable with each other. Book design in particular is fun because the group is small and intimate. There is room for digression and banter, which keeps us all relaxed and happy to work. Although my designs this week were horrible (I’m not posting that crud), I am looking forward to the revision process. Let the fun times begin!

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November 2, 2011

Calendar Days

For typography this week, we had to design a calendar featuring one type family, and include on that page, 200 words about the creator. I struggled with this quite a bit. As I’ve said before, choosing type doesn’t come naturally to me, and I go back and forth with myself a lot when choosing typefaces to work with.

I ended up Josefin Sans, and I’m so glad that I did. I actually love this typeface! I don’t really like Helvetica because people use it so much, but I still like the look of a swedish style typeface. I ended up choosing the month of January, for the sake of the assignment, and focusing on a theme of the months fading in and out as you get closer to the end/start of the year. Since I couldn’t use any graphics, I fluffed it up with some color. I liked this assignment a lot, despite struggling with it a bit.

October 27, 2011

Get to the Point!

Our typography assignment for this past week was to apply some of the typography principles we have learned to a poster. Max wanted us to create a focal point, and logically group elements together. We had a specific set of wording we had to use., which I love. I really like when we have certain restrictions, because it prevents me from over-thinking, and adding needless elements to a design. I really like that about Max- he gives us only what we need, but still keeps it challenging. If we aren’t worried about certain details, then we can focus on the ones that really make the design stand out.

In my poster, I tried to focus on movement throughout the page.  I wanted your eyes to immediately go to the quote in the middle (obvs cause its big!), and then for your eyes to flow from the top of the page around to the bottom, picking up on the hierarchy of information. What do you think?