So there are two posts with the images for my final portfolio, couldn’t upload all of the images at once.
I’m ….happy with how it turned out?
Honestly, it turned out better than I thought it would.
I realized very quickly how much I’ve grown over the semester and how much gross nasty design I made at the beginning. I hated the fact I had to show it in my portfolio, but like Tim Gun would say, “Make it work!” (Sorry I’ve been watching too much Project Runway these days)
SO. I had to pick pieces I may hate and make someone else find them appealing. After talking to Kristen and others after their Dallas trip they made it clear that employers want to see designs in different contexts. So I tried to attemptttt to show that as best I could. I learned how to use Photoshop Action files, so woo for learning. It’s actually a pretty cool deal, so that’s where you see things like my websites implanted on iMac images, or the teton’s poster being put onto a mug, etc.
Those aren’t REALLY put into a different context, because I didn’t initially design them to be put on an iMac screen, or on a water bottle, but I tried to adjust. It’s better than nothing. And now I now for the future, that I need to design other things besides just the main project. It can’t be THAT terrible. Action files make things a little bit quicker.
Overall, I think it’s clear that I’ve flushed out some of my really terrible and ugly design habits. And I think we all need a class like that here and there. I got all of my disgusting craft and hand skills out in Design II, so woop woop, hopefully they can improve. And now I feel like I’ve gained a real understanding of what makes good design and how to tailor my style to that.
I’ve started to dig in to design blogs, things like Behance, looking at design on pinterest, obsessing over my fonts, watching Photoshop tutorials, etc. It’s so much more fun and interesting to create something when you have the tools to create. At the beginning of the semester I had no idea what I was doing. I was going to dafont, slapping things on a page, and editing an illustration that took me like 2 hours.
Now I feel like I’ve started to put a lot of energy into my work. I decided to re-do the bottle project TODAY. AND then work on my final portfolio. And I was totally cool with it, because I had a new vision and I didn’t want to just let it go.
I think I’ve finally got the drive and quite a few more skills under my belt after this semester. As much as I hate the fact that my portfolio from the first half of the semester sucks and we’re still getting graded on it which is kind of ridiculous, I know I’ve gained something from it.
And I ain’t even trying to be cheesy. I just am more excited to design now, and try to learn more. But! I think Kristen said this in her blog post, you really have to learn to push yourself. I think for awhile I was comparing myself to other people for awhile, and when they were trying hard I would try hard, and if other people slacked and met the bare minimum so did I. But now it’s about getting a job when I get out of school, and not caring all the time isn’t going to cut it.
I feel like I’ve got a lot of things lined up for me. I have the internship this summer where I’ll be designing, a design job for the fall and spring, I’ll be the Junior Art Director at Detours next year (WHICH IF YOU WANT TO DESIGN FOR US PLEASE SIGN UP CAUSE WE LIKE VIS COMM MAJORS) and yeah. I think I’m starting to feel it now, so that’s cool.
This is really long. Probably because it’s 4 AM. Typical! Even staying up this late before the final. Time management…that needs to improve I guess.
The end of this super long post.
So I’m starting to put together my final portfolio.
I’m so frustrated with myself!
This semester has pushed me to want to not even become a better designer, but to understand what it takes to be a good designer.
I’ve been trying to get a feel for my aesthetic, and I think I’ve finally figured out what I like….but! I’m frustrated now.
I’ve picked out a few things for my final portfolio, but the stuff from the beginning of the semester? It’s so shitty! So horrible. I don’t want anyone to see it. But they have to, we HAVE to have 15 pieces. I wish I could go back and redesign it all, but I can’t. I’m in a time crunch.
I’m tempted to redesign some of my bottle stuff tonight honestly. I know that’s a risk, because we all like to get the Rusty approval before we go out on these limbs. But right now….I’d rather have some pieces that I feel are worth showing to someone else, FOR ME. I don’t want to just throw in a piece because Rusty approved it and it’s done.
I’m not saying I don’t respect Rusty’s opinion, I just don’t have time to get his opinion because we have, oh idk 2 days?? I’m so frustrated I’m just figuring this out now, and getting this mindset now.
I’m just gonna try to put in some of my strongest pieces in here. Be proud of those and go up from here. I think the beginning of VCII was weeding out and getting rid of all that bad design. It was like shaking it out of my system. It just sucks because now I have to show that off and act like it’s good when I know it’s AWFUL. Oh well. It is what it is.
I guess I can be happy that I have come to a realization and am wanting to design awesome things, not just to get them done, or to get it out of the way, but because this is what we’re all here to effing do. BLEH.
So sad. We’ll see what this little bottle redesign brings.
Also, my the text on my headers looks skewed when I upload the .jpegs. Not sure why!
But it’s not. Don’t think I’d be using some playful weird font for this, cause I ain’t!
No more bitching.