Monthly Archives: June 2010

Copywriting!

I am excited that I have discovered ‘copywriting’ – i.e. the writing that goes into headlines and body text of advertisements and annual reports and all of that. I’ve always know about it, but didn’t realize that it was something that you could specifically learn more about (always assumed it was people that were good at writing…that just got to keep writing at a design firm somehow? Like, “Hey, John, you’re good with words – write up this thing, OK? No one else wants to do it.”). I’ve been browsing through the Portfolio Center and Creative Circus websites, and they both look really great. I love all of the class descriptions for Portfolio Center – typography, emotive writing, “creative sparks”, lyrical writing, etc. I’ve always thought that I was great at thinking and brainstorming! And writing! It feels so refreshing to find something that seems like such a perfect fit, that lights a fire in my chest, and gets my brain gears grinding again. I truly enjoy writing, and sometimes people say that I’m good at it, so I feel like this is so right. If I wasn’t going to make it as an industrial designer (read: have anyone accept me into a design program with my only prior experience being one measly painting class in high school and the ability to make clothes for stuffed animals out of a box of Kleenex, crayons, and clear tape), I was going to major in English (got accepted on a decent scholarship to Butler! Woo!). Now it isn’t just “graduate with Tech and…..” (I hate the “…” part!); it’s “Hey, graduate, apply for jobs, see what happens, maybe someone will employ me but don’t forget that I could LEARN TO BE A COOL-CAT COPYWRITER!”
I’m going to start practicing 🙂

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If I was a mood board…

what would I be? This is a very cool idea, and I look forward to working on it later for fun 🙂

Week 2 Progress

Bones
1. Fix one thing in the apartment from the list of repairs ourselves
(mounting the doorbell ringer and taking off the Pur water filter attached to the kitchen sink that doesn’t work 100% efficiently)
2. Clean the kitchen from top to bottom and throw away old food
3. Buy a water filter and use it (got out the old Pur pitcher and filled it up!)

Breath
1. Run your hands over every wall in your apartment
2. Clear space for an ‘Outbox’ (the corner in the ‘office’ because it’s out-of-the-way-enough)
3. Clear one surface using the ‘Outbox’ (cleared off the little cafe table in the living room)

Heart
1. Buy fresh flowers (got two small bouquets on sale – so two for $5 sunshiney yellow and white flowers)
2. Determine your style (according to the book I am “modern: contemporary” which is a ‘catchall’ for people that can’t decide on one modern movement, but I think that I am more ‘Scandinavian with and American Grandmother’ because I like a lot of bright, birch wood grain and white stuff, but also a little vintage-treasure-finds, too – PLUS I like almost all of the industrial design classics like the egg chair, tulip chair, etc. etc. etc.)

Head
1. Find a new recipe and cook one meal at home (planning on making an Alfredo pizza with spinach tonight)
2. Choose the date for your housewarming party ((August 6th, Friday night of summer finals week))
(“graduation” from the cure, at the end of the whole eight weeks)

And the One-Room Remedy:
1. Decided what activities you want in your room & where they will go
2. Buy, borrow, or make a floor plan tool
3. Map out the room that bothers you most and work out a solution
4. Name your vision
5. Build a shopping list

I’m also starting on the FlyLady ‘Beginner Baby Steps’ – tonight is #1 and I’m supposed to shine my sink before I go to bed.

Week Two: Clearing the Path

Did I mention that I deduced that I am a ‘warm’ person?

If you are “Warm” you may find it hard to let go of things and feel an strong sense of attachment to both objects and people. This is your strength and your weakness. You are a feeling person and as much as you may love all your stuff and feel that the very “character” of your home is made up of it, you will overlook the degree to which it may be bringing you down, burdening you with weight (both real and psychic) and otherwise getting in the way of THINGS YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE. That’s the important thing – doing those things you want to do.

Your goal? Attach yourself to the dreams, plans and people that really matter by letting go of the old stuff.

I know that I have a lot of things I don’t need at all, but that I might need at some point or that I don’t want to get rid of because of ‘memories’.

Anyhoo, so now that I’ve essentially determined my ‘vision’ and put a lot of the pictures of it in one place, I am ready for week #2 of ‘Clearing the Path’. This is the first week that we focus on getting rid of things and using the ‘Outbox’.

Here’s the list of things to accomplish for this week:
Bones
1. Fix one thing in the apartment from the list of repairs ourselves
2. Clean the kitchen from top to bottom and throw away old food
3. Buy a water filter and use it

Breath
1. Run your hands over every wall in your apartment
2. Clear space for an ‘Outbox’
3. Clear one surface using the ‘Outbox’

Heart
1. Buy fresh flowers
2. Determine your style

Head
1. Find a new recipe and cook one meal at home
2. Choose the date for your housewarming party
(“graduation” from the cure, at the end of the whole eight weeks)

And the One-Room Remedy:
1. Decided what activities you want in your room & where they will go
2. Buy, borrow, or make a floor plan tool
3. Map out the room that bothers you most and work out a solution
4. Name your vision
5. Build a shopping list

I’m still not sure if the ‘one-room remedy’ is meant to be the same one room the whole time or not, so for this week I’d like to focus on the office AND the bedroom because I’ve already half-way started both of them. I don’t really know how well that’s going to work out, but we’ll see! I’m going to do some extra reading and then make a schedule of all this stuff that needs to get done, so I’ll update more later.

Haus Therapy: The Vision

What is my overall goal for working on my house? I mean, why am I doing this anyway? I realized that I haven’t defined this all the way yet, and that writing it out will provide more motivation and inspiration – the two things that I want to find daily in my home, anyway!

In my personal life, I am trying to maintain motivation to work through projects, classes, and things that I am not interested in (read: unrelated to my major) to reach the most important end-goal: graduation from Georgia Tech. I also have to balance school with a healthy relationship with my significant other, friends, and my lovely, absolutely adorable guinea pigs 🙂

My house is a duplex; a ranch house split into two very long, narrow apartments – with each room connected to the next in a very straight path. This set up is beneficial in the sense that there are very clear divisions in rooms and ‘areas’ – the office has a clear area, the living room, and so on. However, this long, narrow set-up is different from my last plan that was more square – with each room connecting to each other in a box. I like the ability to truly divide things into each region, but I wish that the living space overall felt more open and airy. I want the house to be creative, inspirational, organized, open, and colorful. I want the space to reflect my artistic nature and taste in design, without being too crowded or overbearing or cluttered. I want the bedroom, bathroom, and living room to be appropriately relaxing and serene. Texture is something I would like to add more of to my living area; more layers, more textures, more fabrics and feelings and depth.

Here are some pictures of living spaces that really inspire me:

Inspired: Collage Art

I’ve seen a lot of interesting ‘collage art’, or mixed media pieces that are really cool floating around the internet. I also think that they would be easy and entertaining to try myself.

1. Pop Art Dog 2. Louis Reith Print 1, Untitled 3. Phyllis Diller

Airplanes, Airplanes Everywhere!

I’m getting more and more excited about working on this airline design project. I’m going to start off with general research and picture finding (what do airlines entail? what do current ones look like? who is most successful? what designs have changed, haven’t changed, why? etc. etc. etc.)

Then I’ll decide what niche market I’m making for my airline (kids? people with disabilities? tailored to elderly travelers? families? teenagers?). Then design statements, mood boards, inspirations, initial ideation.

Then lots of work. Then, the end result will most likely be a large ‘process book’, a smaller, more general presentation, and then updates to portfolios and what not.

Woooop!

An idear!

As I mentioned in one of my weekend adventure posts, I was really inspired and excited by an idear (har-har)I had from someone featured in the film Helvetica. Michael C. Place (of Build, London, according to the official Helvetica stills website) was the one that said his dream design job would be to design an entire airline. I thought that all the details involved in something like that sound pretty fun to design, too, so I’m going to be following his ‘prompt’ and create an imaginary airline – inspired by Helvetica!

I made a quick list and I think that an airline includes all of the following:

  • luggage and check in desk
  • kiosks/ticketing
  • uniforms
  • plane itself (exterior branding, colors)
  • plane layout – seating, colors, etc.
  • menus for in-flight food (sort of an important selling point?)
  • in-flight entertainment
  • baggage claim upon landing
  • little trucks that drive bags all over

Sneak Peak

I’ve stolen the title from Design*Sponge’s house tour category, to post up a literal sneak peek of my house. I plan on doing a super cutesy house tour when it’s alllll done. Here are some semi-recent snapshots of the house from after we had painted.

DwellStudio for Target

Forgive me, I am very very behind on jumping on the “Yay! I love Dwell Studio! I love Target! I LOVE THEM TOGETHER!” bandwagon – but, hey, I AM HERE NOW. I was strolling Target yesterday, for fun, but also to check out their storage stuff because I am considering putting a row of baskets at the bottom of my bookcase to hold junk and spray paint (very Ikea of me). Anyhoo, since I’ve been focusing on the bedroom as my ‘One Room’ (which I am still confused if that is one room for the whole eight weeks of the cure, or one for each week?) – I browsed the duvets, comforters, and bed linens area and I am in love with the DwellStudio for Target collection that is out right now. Beautiful. Stunning. Gorgeous. Amazing color combinations and patters, and not nearly as expensive as their regular collections (the ones not sold at Target, you know). Buying one of their sets is very much on my list and ‘Style Tray’s now! Here are some photographs of their beauty:

In particular, I really liked this mostly white pattern with chocolate brown, light yellow, and pink accents and I feel sort of embarrassed now – since all I could do in the store was sort of shake my head and repeat “I hate pink, but I love this, I HATE pink, but I love this!”

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