Monday, February 20, 2006

Online Portfolio Addendum.

So I previously mentioned that I'm finally working on an online portfolio, something I've been thinking about for a while and apprehensive about taking on. It's actually going pretty well. I've got my concept and the layout figured out, just need to photograph some of my work to get on there. Hopefully in about 3 weeks, I'll launch the website and all of you can finally take a closer look at the work I've been doing over the past year and half.

Recently, a friend of mine named Dave Werner graduated from PC. Dave is truly a web masta (as well as a lyrical gangsta). In lieu of a printed portfolio, Dave opted for a full blown, interactive, online portfolio; a digital job application + interview that is a virtual representation of who this guy is. Absolutely amazing. I mean, he's practically documented every project he worked on during his time at PC and has included video clips of his process, research, sketches, and concepts to accompany the actual printed work. I urge you to take a look at the future of design portfolios: OkayDave

Mine won't be nearly as fun, but I'm still learning.

Things Are Heating Up.

It's week 8 and the quarter is on the downhill slope. This means it's time to get picky with my projects, get color prints tested, order paper, and finalize design schemes. In other words, STOP BEING LAZY. The Olympics are almost over, the Oscars are coming up, only a couple more childbirth and parenting classes left, but lots of work to do. Add to that today's seminar from Microsoft, which ought to be interesting, and a 2-day workshop I was invited to take part in. By 2-Day, I mean, we actually meet on 2 days, but we have the rest of the quarter to finish the project for critique; i.e., an extra project that wasn't originally on my schedule; i.e, almost too much to handle.

So, let's review:
Professional Practices: Robert Mondavi Wines, a 3-bottle series, picnic set with small bottle, 2 wine glasses and wine key, and a 3-Ad campaign.
Type & Image: 48-page Atlanta Symphony Book, 8 postcards, and a promotional poster.
Advanced Packaging: Kraft rebranding, 5-package series, plus point-of-purchase display (hand rendering), and still possibly a 3 page Brand Positioning Statement (which we haven't really talked about)
Internet Design: Fully functional personal website for use as an online portfolio (I'm about halfway done)
PLUS the Workshop: Graphic Agitation piece, which I'm working with Nick on (see Boats and Stars in the blog list), will be a complicated piece that we haven't quite figured out yet.

Whew, are you tired yet?

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Do What You Feel.

Wow, sometimes I feel I have no idea what I'm doing or why I'm doing the things that I feel.

Today in Professional Practices, I may have done something right. All it took was some assurance from my classmates.

Thank you, we'll see how it goes.

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Blogging is Connecting.

It's amazing how blogging has impacted our lives today. Every person, every industry, every idea is discussed, analyzed, and commented on everyday. And if you're like some of my dear old friends, you'll type in people's names checking up on them. I wonder if so-and-so has a blog? What are they doing now? WHAM! There they are.

On my previous post talking about my packaging projects, a lady known as the "Packaging Diva" posted a comment on some ideas to consider with my designs. Turns out she's from Atlanta. I mentioned her to one of my instructors, she called her, and now she'll be visiting our class in a couple weeks. Blogging is connecting.

So for those of you that have found this, thanks for thinking of me. Don't forget to bookmark it for updates. If we haven't spoken in a long time and you have some extra time to kill, check the archives to really follow my life each and every day [almost].