Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is the first official day of spring break, and in my opinion the most beautiful day of the year thus far. I am really grateful that Dan needed my car and my phone today because I had the best afternoon just exploring the neighborhood on foot by myself. I took a nice stroll down to Hawthorn and went in and out of the vintage stores, had a leisurely lunch at Cup and Saucer and ate an avocado sandwich in honor of St Patrick's day:)
I had such a good time enjoying people watching and seeing all the blooming flowers and trees but I have to say that my favorite part of the afternoon was on my way home I passed an old restored Victorian house and in the front yard there was a cute old man (probably in his late 70s) sitting in reclining lawn chair eating a HUGE ice cream sandwich... he looked like the happiest person on the planet. It made me REALLY happy.

I walked until my sandals (which have been in hibernation since last summer) gave me pretty legit blisters on the bottoms of my feet. I'm happy to be home again with the TV off every window in the apartment wide open and a warm cat on my feet, life is so good. I'm excited for the next few days... to play in the sun with the boyfriend and do some DIY stuff around the house.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

spring break!

It feels good to be done with school for a few weeks. I'm excited to enjoy the warm weather, Portland Farmers markets and reading books for leisure instead of necessity.

dragon boat race poster | Illustrator

The final project for Illustrator was to make a poster for an event that takes place in Chinatown.

cd cover | InDesign

eco double sided mailer | InDesign

Double sided mailer about Eco-friendly transportation in Portland.

zoo fact sheets | InDesign

Saturday, March 13, 2010

zimbabwe the candybar | InDesign & Photoshop

The first project in Graphic Design 2 was to design a candy bar wrapper based on a randomly assigned country. The graphics were made by scanning individual sheets of tracing paper and converting each to bitmaps in Photoshop and then layering them all together in InDesign. My country was Zimbabwe. Here is the progression from tight rough to final.

chinatown logo | Illustrator

The first project for Illustrator was to make a logo based on a neighborhood in Portland. The Neighborhoods were selected for us at random so I was really excited to get Chinatown. Here is the progression from tight rough to final.

word pairs | InDesign

The first assignment for Typography was to pick two random words out of a hat and make them work together. its a lot harder than it looks to find similarities and make connections. I learned a ton about how to use InDesign form this project.

java brochure | InDesign

my first logo exploration | InDesign

This is my first try designing logos. the assignment was to pick a letter out of a hat (I got the letter J) and then use that letter within a circle or square to make a logo using InDesign

Friday, March 12, 2010

dir·i·gi·ble de·sign

Noun: Airship.
Adj: Easily steered or driven in a direction.

Verb: To conceive or fashion in the mind
Noun: The purposeful or inventive arrangement of parts or details

This blog will be a place to archive projects for today's critique and tomorrow's nostalgia.