Sunday – recap – Typography

Right now my #1 priority is getting used to writing in here everyday. :} Yesterday I stuck to my goal of – Sunday// Design history – Research Typography (form, specific designers) by watching xperpetualmotion’s videos. She’s very savvy with all things typography and entertaining. I know the basics thanks to AIO – Image

..But I don’t know it well enough to explain it to anyone. Solution? Lather, rinse, repeat.

Also, I found this helpful page: http://listverse.com/2012/06/24/top-10-typography-crimes/

And this fantastic gem: Typography Lesson 1: The Basics . Huhuhuhahahahahehehehehehohoho​ho!!

Bahahahaha.

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More About Scheduling

So, I’m thinking I need to be as detailed as possible with my schedule throughout the week. I tend to get really lost in the details and finding a tutorial or excerpt to read which “Feels Right” each day seems like a place I could spend way too much time on. To prevent this, I decided to look up the tutorials ahead of time that I’ll be working on during the week. Since today is Saturday ( my Organize day) I think this will be my goal setting day for the week. Also, instead of putting the time spent (which isn’t a good idea for me anyway since time is a language I don’t speak fluently) I’m just putting the tutorial link.

Sunday// Design history – Research Typography (form, specific designers)
Monday// Photoshop tutorials – http://www.alfoart.com/sky_castle_1.html http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/photo-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-a-fantasy-mother-nature-scene/
Tuesday// Illustrator tutorials – http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/icon-design/how-to-create-a-golden-vector-compass-in-illustrator/ http://www.cutelittlefactory.com/tutorials/create-an-awesome-space-rocket-avatar-in-illustrator/
Wednesday// Photography techniques – http://www.mcpactions.com/blog/2010/03/22/how-to-avoid-over-editing-your-photos-in-photoshop/ http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/ // Refresh
Thursday// Language Arts (writing, German, Speech, ect) – 2 hr
Friday// Illustrator tutorials – http://blogs.adobe.com/adobeillustrator/2011/12/how-to-create-a-zodiac-themed-portrait-in-adobe-illustrator-cs5.html
Saturday// Organize / Recap

 

I’m pretty stoked about this new organized way of doing things. Hoping that enthusiasm holds out! (At least I have this post to refer back to about how excited I was haha!)

I started this clock tutorial last night and finished it today. I’m pretty proud of the result. Image

 

I’m also close to finishing up a logo design for my friend Bebop Vox:

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The Designer’s Work Out

Below is a schedule I made for myself at the end of December. Since that time, I’ve followed the schedule maybe 4 days…. but that doesn’t mean I can’t pick it back up! I’ve also changed a few things since I’ve decided to set webdesign aside and focus on fundamentals of design and photography. So here is me – recommitting.

//Jan – Mar Work/Study Schedule\\

Sunday// Design history – 1 hr max // Recap
Monday// Photoshop tutorials – 2 hr max
Tuesday// Illustrator tutorials – 2 hr
Wednesday// Photography techniques – 1 hr // Refresh
Thursday// Language Arts (writing, German, Speech, ect) – 2 hr
Friday// Illustrator tutorials – 2 hr
Saturday// Organize / Recap

– Warm ups: drawing, writing thoughts/anxieties, facing fears head on

I realized about midway through the month that my aspirations for learning webdesign AS WELL as AI and PS and Photography was just expecting far too much. Webdesign needs all the time and attention AI and PS get and there’s just not enough of my attention to go around. I was getting discouraged that I couldn’t fit everything in and because of that, was avoiding doing anything at all. Now, I’ve made the schedule much more manageable and don’t feel overwhelmed. I figured if I made it more like a work out plan, it would be easier to follow.

Updates to come!

The Delicious Sense

“I made my way through a shower of petals to the great trunk
and for one minute stood irresolute –

then putting my foot in the broad space between the forked branches,
I pulled myself up into the tree.
I had some difficulty holding on,
for the branches were very large
and the bark hurt my hands.

But I had the delicious sense that
I was doing something unusual and wonderful,
so I kept on climbing higher and higher –
until I reached a little seat which somebody had built there
so long ago that it had grown part of the tree itself.

I sat there for a long time, feeling like a fairy on a rosy cloud.

After that I spent many happy hours in my tree of paradise,
thinking fair thoughts and dreaming bright dreams.”
-Helen Keller