Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
So I made a second submission for this weeks derby. The theme is 'Home.' So this one is a fishy. A fish that lives in a bowl is boring, a fish that lives in a bowl while terrorizing the seven seas is awesome. The little image on the flag is kinda hard to see - it's the outline of an octopus. Yaaarrrr and such.
This weeks theme was 'Home.' So my design is a homeless guy warming himself in front of his box house, which opens up to a cave of wonders! He's living the dream. With his fancy chair and his stylish chandeliers....
Last weeks entry got rejected for some reason -which incited an online riot. (okay. 6 people were upset but still) Before being banished to rejection land, my design got up to 15th place. Which out of 250+ designs is pretty good. And then the Woot gods released their wraith upon my anthropomorphic bike riders. Oh well, maybe I'll have a chance to re-sub it for a different derby.
Friday, June 6, 2008
New derby shirt up at Woot.com. The theme this week was 'green'. The color or the idea. So my theory is that if endangered species rode their bikes, then we could drive our cars more. Inconsiderate animals..
Anyway. This design didn't take me nearly as long as last weeks, and I like the simplicity of this one a lot more. Not to mention it was fun to try and contort a zebra into a biking position.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The seminar was taught by Taz Tally who was exceptionally good. Not only did he make a software training class interesting, he had a lot of tips that were relevant to my job, not to mention a comparison/contrast with Quark. I learned a lot. I spent most of the seminar mentally banging my head into a wall wishing I had known this stuff a year ago when preparing my portfolio at Davis. I learned tons of time savers and shortcuts that I had no idea even existed. Plus there was a section on Adobe Bridge which is a feature that I just started using a few months ago - but I'm planing on using a lot more now since it has some excellent features (most notably the batch rename and info template).
The best thing is that the seminar came with a booklet that followed along with the seminar and had room in the margins for notes, so I could pay more attention to the demonstrations instead of furiously jotting notes like I was back in college. I also joined the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), which gives me access to tips and tricks for all the adobe products and discounts at a bunch of places. So here's to starting my new life as an InDesign pro.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Additionally I ordered Quark a few days ago and it should be on its way. Quark was one of those programs that we didn't learn in school. All of my teachers always insisted that it was an outdated program that no one used - come to find out nearly all the places I apply for work require it. So I'm going to do some online classes so I can at least be familiar with the program. Hopefully it'll be similar to InDesign so I'll be able to pick it up quickly.