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Working On: Business Cards

I’ve been working hard on business cards for what feels like forever, and I’m aiming for three different business card designs:
1. Double-sided design to give to people in person for impressions
(this might end up being a one-sided design with an open space on the back for comments about our meeting, like ‘Thanks for the coffee! Call me!’)
2. One-sided awesome design to leave places and give to people that are awesome/close friends/know me already
(something bold and exciting that doesn’t have to match all the other boring ‘branded stuff’)
3. One more simple design for super professional settings and to go in the folder of my press kit
(that matches my resume well, and just looks polished)

Why do I want to do so many different cards? Because I like to have options, and I think it’s important to be prepared. Having a variety of cards lends itself well to different situations and different meetings with people of various backgrounds (small firms, more out-there firms, large corporations, you get the picture).

Here are my three different card ideas so far (please pardon my tardiness because I’ve come down with an awful cold this week):

1.) a two-sided card

Note that these are all still works in progress, because I haven’t really experimented with typefaces too much yet (at least not much on the card pictured above).

2.) the one-sided card

I like the design of this card a lot, but it doesn’t really match anything else. I think that’s okay. Maybe? I think it would be fun to print it with a reversed copy on the back, so it sort of shows you that it’s one-sided, instead of just being blank on the back. There’s still some fine-tuning that needs to be done with the information text so that it’s a little more readable, but I really do like this design. (This design is like my baby, I really like it ever so much, but I think that more traditional designers would say that if I like it so much, I should let it go.)

3.) simple

This is the one that would be tucked into a press-kit folder, and therefore doesn’t have a back to show people. It’s a little shy, I suppose. It also might need some extra information about me, but then it feels too cluttered. We’ll see.

In class the other day we were discussing that business cards might become obsolete with the use of smart phones and QR codes (those pixelated squares that you can scan and information pops up). I don’t believe that we’ll truly become separated from our analog, physical objects for a long time, if ever. I just don’t think enough people will own and use smart phones to make QR codes the standard, and to forget business cards altogether. What do you think?

♥eth

Ps. The top photo is from Brand New, a website that showcases re-branding of major companies, and shows the re-branding and new logo of Time Warner Cable. I enjoy browsing through their posts to see how companies try to keep themselves ‘modern’; always interesting to read the comments, too (which usually come from fellow designers).

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Planetary: Jim Denevan

What’s more ‘planetary’ than a guy that makes Earthworks art?

Jim Denevan makes temporary drawings on sand
earth and ice that are eventually erased by
waves and weather.


Amazing photography! You can scroll through his galleries and click on the ‘explanation’ links at the top for more in-depth information about his individual works. All photos from this post are his, btw.

♥eth

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Currently Working On…Alphabet Cards + IDSA Shirts

I’m still working on IDSA shirts when I’m not President anymore?! Not exactly! The current officers are doing a ‘shirt contest’ for this years iDSA shirts and I submitted one design (so far). As I said before, I was working on creating I, D, S and A out of objects and I think the final result is pretty nice.


And some progress on the beginning of the ‘designer tools alphabet cards’. I’ve been steadily researching and writing out different things that make letters (which, to be honest, probably looks like crazy-person-talk if you don’t know what I’m doing because in no way does ‘olfa’ = ‘i’). There’s a printing place near by, Prima, that does cards that are the size I want (something in between 2″x3″ and 4″x6″) but I haven’t talked to them about doing small runs of different images yet. Yesterday I bought myself a rounded corner punch so that I can design the outlines, etc. better.

Here’s my super awesome ‘Ii’ card so far:
That snapped off blade is really clever, right? Right.
More to come! As always!

♥eth

PS. any constructive feedback on either design is very welcome!

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Inspired: Objectified

I’ve started a personal project inspired by this poster for the movie Objectified: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit. The poster was designed by Build and I love the way they make letters out of objects (not a fresh idea, per-say, but always a great one when executed well).

*As an aside, if you haven’t seen Objectified, I highly recommend it. It’s a fascinating documentary about – duh – objects. If you’re a designer, it is an easy and interesting way to explain design to your friends/family – and if you’re not a designer, it’s still fascinating because of all the interesting concepts that are brought up (i.e. the relationship of cars to their owners)

I’m working on two different ‘alphabets’ – one made of famous designs (like the Panton chair making an ‘S’), and one set of letters made of tools used to ‘design’ (various tools and crafting objects, etc.). I already have the letters I, D, S, and A done because I put them together for a t-shirt competition for this year’s IDSA @ GT.

Progress will be posted ASAP 🙂

♥eth

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on project 3 and epic cross-country trips

http://www.ATLtoNYC.com kicks off tomorrow late afternoon! Today we mostly talked about trip details and questions, etc.
I’m pretty excited! I just looked up some information on Crush +  Lovely, our first studio tour on Wednesday, and the store Future Perfect. Crush + Lovely, formerly Boom Design Group, does interwebz work which should be really fun – their studio looks pretty chill. And they like dancing, and I like dancing so that seems like a fun pairing 🙂
The Future Perfect store will probably make me cringe with joy because of all the lovely, unique things inside of it that I have no chance in hell of ever being able to purchase until I am 50 and live in a house.

Project 3 is a group project focusing on workspaces; my group is attempting to do observational research at banks but I feel like that’s dangerous ? So we may have to re-focus. We have a lot of research time to put in, but we’re going to be gone to NYC. So hey, NYC banks! Fun! From what I remember about the beginning brief of this project is that we’ll be spending more time actually creating full-scale things, which should be very awesome.

I think I’m a smidgen jet-lagged from being in Italy all week, SO sleeping on the Comfortivity bus should be an interesting experience, too. What makes me most excited about this trip is how well our studio gets along! Or gets along now, before a lot of time being confined to small spaces together. I know this trip will be fantastic, I just wish I had an extra day to clean up around my apartment and settle on my couch before I pick up and leave again, but alas, such is my life [joke. I am totally stoked to be able to go to Italy, NYC, and New Orleans all in one year (would have been better spaced out over three months, instead of all in one, but how can I truly complain?!)!!]

Spring is here, everyone is moving and shaking and the grass is green again. Seems a lot of people are doing a lot of changing and migrating right now; hope we all stay safe and happy as the end of this school year comes to a close, and I come *thatmuch* closer to my senior year of studio.

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Five to Two to One

My concepts are sort of weak as of late; I’m not putting enough process into the decisions I’m making (i.e. why on earth does the cup have that divot in it?), nor am I really thinking too hard about details (why is there a hole in it? won’t stuff simply fall out of it?) – which is really important, since all products are defined by their specific details. For whatever reason, I’ve decided to meld my words into some Asian themed set. I need to go back to the start and re-focus on what my words mean, draw upon the mood board I made for inspiration, look at what I’ve made so far, and then sketch something better.
None of my sets are really sending off the “family” vibe, hence I’m missing the whole point of the assignment.

fresh: beginning, brand-new, brisk, contemporary, crisp, crude, current, different, energizing, gleaming, glistening, green, hot, hot off the press, invigorating, latest, modern, modernistic, natural, newfangled, novel, now, original, radical, raw, recent, refreshing, sparkling, state-of-the-art, unconventional, unprocessed, unseasoned, untouched, unusual, warm

quirky: bizarre, far out, freakish, freaky, idiosyncratic, in left field, odd, off-the-wall, out of the ordinary, peculiar, strange, unconventional, unorthodox, unusual, wacky

honest: authentic, conscientious, decent, direct, equitable, ethical, fair, forthright, frank, genuine, honorable, impartial, ingenuous, just, like it is, no lie, open, outright, plain, proper, real, reliable, reputable, sincere, straight, straightforward, true, trustworthy, undisguised, upfront, upright, veracious, virtuous

revisions
This is simply my starting point. Now I need to make this all work.

And, as a final note, I seem to like “zen” things? This project is reminding me of the dish I made for my ‘Serenity Stone’ project and I’m starting to wonder if I’m a one-trick-zen-pony, if having a ‘style’ is good, or if I need to try something else because of that whole “do whatever wacky thing you can now before you go to the ‘real’ world” I often hear from teachers (?)

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keep trekking

Allison put together a stellar collage of our benchmarking research at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Chris and I were bag models. I feel like we’re making a lot of good process thus far, and some solid design decisions SO I’m just trying not to panic because I’m not really a wearable design designer…
I usually do my ‘wearable’/’soft good’ tinkering on my own time over Christmas breaks – like the shoe and hoodie projects I’ve been known to do. I often do the same thing I’m doing now, which is procrastinate my heart out until I get fed up and knock it all out in a couple of hours without help. We’re heading to the store early tomorrow to get all the little details to start working, so I’m nervous excited for tomorrow to really get going and see how this is going to work [!]

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Sand sand sand

Studio isn’t studio unless something is wrong; at least that’s how it goes for me.
That being said, nothing is TOO terribly wrong except that I can’t actually finish my pebbles until right before the presentation because the lights will get too dim if I tape the whole circuit deal together too soon. I am not too bummed about this because it’s going to be easy to “fake” it for some pictures to put on my board and everything is on schedule and perfectly fine…
But I am bummed because once I glue the caps on my pebbles with the LEDs “on” inside of them and they finally burn out and die, then I’ll be left with a whole lot of white pebbles that don’t light up.
And that won’t be as cool of an addition to my apartment as I had hoped because I was hoping I could put this dish and these pebbles on my actual coffee table at home and potentially use them as I intended the product to be used.
For now, I’m still just sand sand sanding my pebbles in-between sanding, priming, sanding, spackling, sanding, priming, sanding and painting (and sanding) my dish.
I’m hoping for a late-night pebble photoshoot in the apartment; maybe throwing in some context with my sweet Ikea coffee table and/or couch.
Blah blah blah.
Everything is fine and nothing hurts [except my ears. LAME. Boo GT Health Services]

I’ve been testing a complete LED & battery pack since 3:30 and it’s still running pretty well; I’ve been taking it everywhere to make sure it doesn’t die when I’m not looking – rather reminiscent of having a “baby” for health class or something. Colleen said that most battery/LED deals lasts 150 hours on average, so it should work out for the project at least. Jake had some ideas on how to make the ‘caps’ removable now, so I need to play around with that, too.

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So. Things are looking up?
More like, ‘Things will be looking up once I can find cheap light-up junk to break, and some of those clear plastic piggy bank-esque plugs for my pebbles.’
DVA helped me re-size the ‘pebbles’ from the kind you might use to stone people with to something more appropriate. It’ll cost a lot less now, but I’m really going to need some assistance cutting the hole into the ‘pebbles’ in SolidWorks after I’ve found the aforementioned plugs [more like: creating the perfect hole for the plug to go into].
I don’t really know what to do about the dish right now; nothing’s really working the way I want it to. I made an actual bowl in SW (thanks to Jes), but its sort of boring. My mind was thinking of a lot more drama and dynamics in the shape and position it should rest on a table…so we’ll see.
Jes helped me out with a combo of rectilinear + curves + brutalist idea, so I’m going to plop that into SW today, too.
We also have some crazy [but good in the long run] guidelines for how to do our boards.
In general, I really appreciate how hard DVA pushes us to work so hard. But its stressful, none the less.

To Do:
1. make 9 different pebble shapes on Alias [x]
2. find LED things [X]
3. cut holes in ‘pebbles’ and shell them out in SW [X]
4. make ‘dish’ [X]
5. 3D print [X]
—————————————————————-by Monday, hopefully
6. sand/paint/dye/finish models [  ]
7. boards, etc. (not until Tuesday or Wednesday) [  ]
8. plot (not on Friday. Geeze) [  ]

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Panic, Procrastination, Plants, Plotting, Etc.

I’m panicky, so I’ve been procrastinating – despite having a more solid idea that I actually like (despite it being David’s, originally, and how I feel silly for not being able to think of anything better [all I could contemplate was trying to push people to wear/keep their “sustainable” cutlery around them more, but who wants to wear a spoonfork bracelet that they were just eating curry off of?!]). I have four days to make some magic happen, except now its more like three, but really its like one because I have to work both Tuesday and Thursday night [lame. I need a different job. Suggestions welcome for some sort of job that is more on the weekend-days, and not on the night before projects are due].

Plan:
1. Research the hell out of things tonight
2. Do all sorts of models all day/night tomorrow
3. Have something pretty damn concrete for Wednesday [obvi]
4. Start/get some significant board work done Wednesday night/Thursday morning
5. Plot Thursday night (mid-day if possible, but that’s a long shot)
6. Sleep some
**drink lots of my new hazelnut cream coffee along the way
***pray that the cold gets better, not worse [yeah, right]
Also: manage to somehow clean and organize for the arrival of my parents on Friday for the three day weekend, and find a cute ‘native american’ costume

So, I’m currently researching into/thinking of: herb gardens, plant tags, packaging, fortune cookies, those jokes on popsicle sticks, laser-cutting some flat-pack spoonfork that gets turned/twisted/put/pushed/moved into ‘tension’ to create an actual “spoon” – and I’m playing with some Bristol

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