New Semester, New Projects

I am only 8 courses away from graduating!  This semester I am taking GRD 241 – Graphic Design III.  So, I will be updating my blog on a regular basis showcasing some of the things I am working on.  Hopefully this will become a regular thing even after the class ends.

This week, our first assignment was geared towards branding.  We were given a logo and only 30 minutes to research and throw together something for the “client”.  One of the branding items had to be a shirt.  I did a google search for swim companies and products.  Here I was able to get ideas about things that swimmers use.  Besides the shirt, I picked a swim cap, towel, and girls one piece swimsuit.  I was able to gather generic images with a quick search.  I cleaned them up in Photoshop, imported the image into Illustrator, imported the logo and created a vector image with the logo.  This allowed me place the logo on the different items and size them accordingly without loosing the integrity of the image.  I choose to include the products all on one branding page to really show off what can be done.  This is more like an overview.  I don’t feel that the image needed text explanations as it is pretty self explanatory.  I would have liked to have done more, but 30 minutes goes quickly!

Overall, I am happy with it. I feel like I am missing something… but hopefully I covered all my bases.  screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-7-46-09-pm

The invitation that started it all

Photo curtesy of Kristen Abigail Photography

Seems like it was yesterday that my now husband asked me to marry him.  After all the excitement calmed down, I started planing all the details.  The one thing that I kept running across was the generic cookie cutter invitations that cost an outrageous amount of money that I was not willing to spend.  Because I already have a background in art and photography, I set out to design my own invitations.  It was a huge learning process that took me about 3 months to execute.  However the results were well worth the effort.  Not only did I end up with some pretty awesome invitations, I also found a passion that I wanted to develop more with.  Since then I have designed save the date cards, graduation invitations, ceremony programs, rehearsal dinner invitations, baby shower invitations, and a countless birthday party invitations.  Perhaps I will feature a few of those in a later blog.

Fast forward 2 years later… I am now in the beginning stages of opening my own business and I am about to start my 2nd to last semester of school.  Even though I have more on my plate than I should, I don’t regret making my dreams come alive.  This has been a wonderful experience and I am enjoying watching my designs evolve as I gain more knowledge about this wonderful field of graphic design.