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.

Graphic Design Nightmare

Just woke up from my first ever graphic design nightmare.  I dreamt I had to print out this huge job for a client and I forgot to outline my fonts.  So when I got the prints everything was in comic sans. 

I swear to God, I literally jolted out of bed. The fact that everything was turned into comic sans shows how ridiculous my dream was since it should have been in Myriad Pro or whatever the PC default is.  Haha I’m critiquing the unrealistic quality of my dream.  I’m going back to bed, good morning world!

I found the secret to graphic design!!

I FEEL LIKE I HAVE BEEN SPOKEN TO AND ENLIGHTENED BY THE DESIGN GODS AND THEY GAVE ME THE SECRET TO THE UNIVERSE..HOPEFULLY MY BRAIN DOESN’T EXPLODE.

     Read a book today that completely changed my entire approach to designing. Basically it talked about not even logging on the computer until you have a concrete idea and sketches for your design and use the computer to execute your vision. Sitting in front of illustrator, moving fonts around is not having an idea. The computer is a tool for executing your idea not obtaining your idea. I have done that a million times, waiting for the screen to give me the solution.
Copying stock photos from google is not creating something original. It said to use your voice. I am seriously mind blown by this book, and am now starting over with my client’s entire logo. It literally listed all of the things I had been doing and explained why it was wrong. I am turning a new leaf with designing, and I FINALLY GET IT.  

The secret to graphic design is to have an idea.  It’s the simplest of things yet the base of all that is beautiful.

#ahhamoment

Typophile

You may find me odd, but I am currently having a passionate love affair with…wait for it: typography. It’s thrilling, exciting, and addicting as crack…But seeing as I am not so adventurous (or stupid), I have never tried crack. I do however picture typography to be as addicting as gummy worms. I can spend hours doing it, times just flies. Typography is my drug of choice, and am absolutely beyond insatiable. I have now accomplished comparing something as simple [uh try complex, biotch] as typography to sex and drugs.