Love v.s. Hate

March 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

I love my Kipling book. I love it because of all the time and sleepless hours I poured into its design and illustrations, I love it because it’s my first book, and I love it because I feel like it’s my greatest accomplishment as a designer thus far. And the binding! I love that I learned how to sew my own signatures and to craft my own hard-cover, perfect-bound book. Gluing and all.

I hate the gluing.

And I hate typos.

If only I had proof-read my book closer. Of course, though, I was stressed and tired and crunched for time, so I let it slide. As a consequence, I’ve had to make 2 more books, both of which I completed a mere couple of hours ago. The typos are (hopefully… actually they’d better be) gone and I got schmanzier book cloth, but the binding has been a bitch. It sucks to be a perfectionist who is also a sloppy, impatient gluer. Glue! It’s made ripples in my pages and glued some of them together and created little tears in places that had to be carefully and hopefully ripped back apart. WHY, why why why WHY.

There’s my rant.

And it’s 3:30.

My Spring Break has started.

And I am still up. Doing nothing. Nothing particularly productive, and nothing particularly fun.

I blame my messy room. No one wants to do the right thing when you’re in your own messy room.



March 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Blogging is more work than I thought.

I meant to do weekly design blog entries this semester, but I think I fell off the bandwagon after a measly three entries. Three! Couldn’t even make it halfway to double digits, could I? It just takes a little bit of effort to make a good blog that gets noticed. Photos, illustrations, a point to your message, and links to polish it off. Moreover, it takes commitment, so that people know that if they visit your site at a certain time, they will be rewarded with a new interesting bit of entertainment or enlightenment.

Soon. Soon I will be more diligent about this. I promise.

Why does it matter, you ask? We’ve all become so immersed in the world of Facebook and Twitter and blogsites galore that not being a part of it makes you sort of out of the loop. And since participation is so damned easy, what are you doing that is so important that it doesn’t allow you the time to partake in the perpetual exchange of information, ideas and inspiration that gets updated every two to five minutes?

I know, I know. I tend to be wary of new technology and internet trends. I thought the whole big line of Apple products–iMacs, iPods, iPod shuffles, iPhones, iPads—were extravagant and unnecessary until I saw what a huge impact they’ve had on cultural development. I mean, the iPod ads are featured at the International Poster Gallery and iPhone apps are a must-have format for business development and marketing and outreach. Facebook and Twitter—silly, self-centered and inconsequential? Think how many sites have FB and Twitter links now. And especially as a designer, it’s crucial to stay up on new trends when they’re coming into existence and evolving so quickly. Not that everything new is relevant or useful, but the bare minimum of familiarity ensures that you can stay on top of new developments and not fall behind when they do prove to be of some significance. Designer is affected by culture, and culture is affected by technology. Blogging, too, used to seem strange to many people, but it’s become an important tool for anyone who has any interest in conversation and communication with others who hold the same passions, professions and interests as you. Important enough, at least, for Henrik Olsen of Hot Studio to mention it (and the importance of keeping up with new technological trends) at the most recent SF AIGA Perfecting Your Portfolio talk.

(My CCSF Graphics Communication class visited Hot Studio last Wednesday, by the way. Wow, I would so love to work at a design firm like Hot Studio, and all of my classmates who I’ve talked to about this feel exactly the same way!)

Anyway, when I get my personal design website up, you can be sure that it will have a blog. It’d be lovely if it could become as popular as Julie Powell’s blog in Julie & Julia, but I will settle for a simple, well-designed site with meaningful content first. (“Settle”—ha!)

Ciao ciao for now, invisible reader. Possible future blog posts include favorite ads, Lady Gaga <3, the talented and lovely Camaron Ochs, and perhaps a nice little photo essay of scenes of sunny San Francisco as this wonderful weather we’ve been having gets even warmer and more wonderful.

Another Reason Why.

March 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was thinking a little while back about a list of reasons why I run and why I love it. It keeps me conscious of my fitness and how I eat. I love the sensation of the wind and sunshine on my arms and legs. I love the physicality of all of it. I love the feeling of accomplishment after covering a long distance with my own feet. It makes me feel unique. It also makes me feel like a part of the great big group of runners who sign up for marathons and half-marathons by the thousands. I love that it is easily a very individual endeavor, unlike basketball or ultimate frisbee, where other people depend on you for success or fun—it’s whatever I can do, whatever I feel like doing on a given day, as hard as I want to push myself for my own sake.

I’ve come up with another reason recently, though, and it’s that it’s the one part of my life that actually seems to be making proper progress. I feel healthier than I have for a long time ever since I made up my mind to start training for SF in July (well, aside from the getting sick because of lack of sleep thing). On the other hand, I graduated from Davis three years ago and am still working on undergraduate work. I don’t feel adequately prepared for a real-world graphic design profession. I’m wishy-washy even about what I want my next step to be in this matter. I’ve felt unmotivated and dull all semester. I’m in my mid-twenties already and feel like I should be further along with all of this stuff than I currently am. I’m doing nothing with my music degree that I worked so hard for and was so enthusiastic about a few years ago. I just feel a little bit lost and emotionally haywire. The things I look forward to the most these days are track workouts or group runs or weekend races, and being able to say, I’ve run two marathons and I’m proud of my times… and not feel like a failure or inadequate in any way. 

I’m grateful that I at least have that much.

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