200 word essay for my internship class

Week 1 – Internship Class  “My Voice”

Graphic design is my number one passion: I wake up in the morning thinking about typography.  I go throughout the entire day with design on my mind.  I go to sleep excited about what I am going to do next and sometimes even dream about my profession.  Sounds pretty crazy right, you could say I have a one tracked mind.  But I know it’s on the right track!

What I bring to the table is a keen eye for typography, a knack for color schemes, a high-capacity for branding, and a never-ending love for creating logos.  One of my favorite things about my career is that I create things for people that weren’t existent before.  I contribute something to the universe, sending out good designs to represent a company or individual.  I am such a lucky and grateful person who has found their niche in life.

In a perfect world, I’d be an art director at an agency working alongside creative people.  I’d be challenged to solve problems in an unconventional way and make the audience think.

My future feels like a roller coaster; some parts scare the crap out of me while others keep me smiling for days on end.

You know you’re getting better when…

10. When you look back on old pieces, that at the time you thought were amazing, and now they just look a hot mess.

9. When in the middle of class critiques, you can name all of the typefaces the person used.

8. When you use the word “typefaces” instead of “fonts“.

7. When people ask for your opinion on their work.

6. When you finally understand what all the hype is about over HELVETICA, and you like it.

5. When grocery shopping is never the same again…packaging woot woot.

4. When you can finish something on a deadline, and don’t think it’s witchcraft or that hell froze over.

3. When you know who Doyald Young is.

2. When you understand the difference between designing and decorating.

1. When you are 100% happy with your work…and so is everyone else.

Look Mom, I’m on the world wide web!

So this is what it feels like to be on Google!

I just discovered that Google is really keeping tabs on EVERYONE.  I am only slightly creeped out because my sheer joy at seeing my blog junk is overpowering the creeper’ed factor.  How freaking awesome is that!!  

Like my post if you checked google to see you on it!

Press Pause Play

Last night I went to an AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) screening of Pause Press Play.  They were showing it in an actual print shop called Color Reflections (it blew freaking Kinkos out of the water).  I was salivating at all their equipment, I mean they had everything from signs to billboards being done in there.

The creative director from MGM was there along with 2 advertising agencies heads and the president of AIGA Las Vegas.  I wish I had enough cujones to talk to them.  I was so flabbergasted and intimated by their influence and success in the business that I shied away (as usual).

When I grow up I want to be a fearless graphic designer!

Why I love studying to be a graphic designer

1.  Work anywhere in the world.  I can work wherever, whenever, for whomever I want and still get paid. Come on, how freaking awesome is that??  My greatest fear in life is to “be pigeon-holed in some regular job” (don’t mind me and my awesome reference to Eminem).  

2. It’s never a dull day on the job. Everyday it’s something new.  Different client, different need.  You get to create something new everyday that goes out into the universe!

3. We’re in high demand. Which if you think about makes sense.  Not everyone can make look nice, in fact a lot of businesses are really good about making things really tacky.  We wave our magical design wands and poof everything is easier to read.

4. We get shit done.  We create business cards, websites, posters, brochures, cd covers, books covers, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, packaging, logos, letterheads, clothing lines.  Basically we are what makes the world go round, without us everything would be gray and blah.

5. Freelance. Need some extra moolah?  Freelance is an excellent way to gain experience, get your name out there for prospective clients and of course get some extra cash in your pocket.