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

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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.