I’m taking advantage of being a student. Today I ordered Adobe Creative Suite 4 and a full set of Pantone swatches from studica.com. I ended up saving over a thousand dollars! I need to go ahead and join AIGA and AVA while I’m at it. I don’t really understand why these people think that when I graduate I’m just all of the sudden not going to be poor anymore. With the economy the way it is, who knows if I’ll even find a job in this small town. YAY ECONOMY.
The show looks AWESOME! Last night was the biggest turn-out I’ve seen in the four years I’ve been attending the senior show exhibitions. I’m proud of my fellow peers for sticking it out and putting together a great showing of work. I agree with what Matt Greenwell said about the quality bumping up a notch every year. The structure of the program seems to be going in great new directions as well. Makes me wish I started just a few years later. Not that I didn’t get a great education while I attended UTC, but now they’re incorporating things that I have always wanted to learn such as web and after effects. I guess I’ll just have to teach myself.
With the senior shows coming and going I’m slowly starting to realize that I’m about to graduate. I’ve spent so much time in that building I’m not going to know what to do with myself afterwards. I might start to have withdrawels.
Stephanie Tate and I have always wanted to work together on projects outside of school, but never had the time to accomplish our goals. So, we’ve found a way to join forces for our senior exhibition. Now we will have 10 books and 10 panels. We started the collab with this idea of the power of 10 seeing that we both had originally wanted to have 10 pieces.
We developed a system so that we could do equal amounts of work and input. For each book we have 10 containers: Appropriated Image, Appropriated Text, Color Family, Found Object, Graphic element, Information system, Self work, social symbol, song lyrics, and typefaces. For each box we both added 5 items, equalling 10, wow! Now, we are in the design process. We have each started to design the first spread in five of the books. Then, we respond to each others design with the following spread. When we run out of items to use, the book is finished.
Next, we’re taking the best parts of each book and designing the panels. book one will have it’s own panel and so on. The panels are going to be 20 inches by 2 feet tall. I think we’re both very excited and are realizing very quickly that we have SO much work to get done. But, I have faith that the final products will be beautiful.
here are some of my first spreads..
This was an interesting project. We didn’t get as far as we wanted to in the beginning, but I think I came up with a pretty interesting poster and button choice. The project was to be a call to action for AIGA memebers and other designers to get registered and vote in the upcoming presidential election. I think if we hadn’t started so late in the semester, we could have taken this a lot further, but I’m pleased to see everyone just having fun with it. I particularly enjoyed Nick and Julie’s posters. Julie had a nice idea to make hers life-size and have different designs in different areas of the town. Nicks poster lent itself to a page from a coloring book, so he was thinking he could take his down that road. My design was purely visual. I tried to use the size of the template and the pattern of the design to pull in viewers from a distance to see the important information.