Design

I am a wanna-be graphic designer. When given the chance to create a poster or some other graphical representation of a concept or idea I jump on it.

I don’t have any training and I don’t draw very well, but I like to create.

I joined a graphic design group on LinkedIn and I lurk and try to learn (for what it’s  worth).

So far I’ve learned that graphic designers can have a difficult time with their clients. Sometimes the client asks  for a design but he  doesn’t  really know what he wants. Clients will say  “I’ll know it when I see it,”  giving the designer nothing to go on. Sometimes the decision to okay a design is based on the opinion of a 5 year-old nephew. Sometimes the client decides to use a do-it-yourself design website because it’s cheaper, sometimes the client just doesn’t want to pay and the designer never sees a dime.

That all sounds terribly frustrating, so maybe I don’t  really want to be a graphic designer.

Someone in the  group posted a link to an article about the worst corporate logo redesigns. For  half of the logos shown, I liked the redesign better than the old version. I guess that means I’m a design dummy. That article led me to “55 Creative Logos with Hidden Messages.”  Now many of  these were really cool. For some I couldn’t see the concealed message but for those that I could I was simply delighted. Really, I clapped my hands and shrieked in delight. This one, for example,  just made me squeal.

Kolner Zoo logo

Kolner Zoo logo with hidden animals

 

So yeah I don’t have the talent to do something like this. I can live with that.

So what’s a wanna-be to do?  Maybe I’ll just be an observer, a lurker. I’ll look at graphic design.  Perhaps I’ll learn enough about the discipline to write about it. I might even take a crack at creating a logo for myself.  I am quite a unique  brand after all.

And here’s something I drew, because I enjoy drawing.

Sketch of female

Three of my favorite things

I’ve been inspired by  Elise Blaha. She  blogs here.  I found out about her from Somerset Studio’s Artful Blogging magazine (Feb/Mar/Apr 2012 issue). Elise blogs about crafting, food, gardening, goal setting, love, and life (and lots of other things). I liked her 26 Favorite Things  post so much that I thought I’d do something similar but break it up into several posts.

1) Audio Theatre

I love listening to audio-books and podcasts. I’ll even listen to, rather than watch tv. A few years ago I discovered Decoder Ring Theatre. The group is based in Canada (Toronto, I think), and produce new programs in the style of old-time-radio. Their ongoing series, Tales of the Red Panda is about a masked hero and his sidekick who fight crime and the forces of evil in 1930s and 40s Toronto. Another series, Black Jack Justice, features two noir-style 1950s private detectives. The shows air on some radio stations but are available in podcast format from the DRT website or iTunes. I’ve also been listening to Icebox Radio Theater.  Based in International Falls, Minnesota, this group produces new audio plays about that region of the country. Find this podcast on the Icebox website or on iTunes

Others I listen to are Texas Radio Theater and BBC Drama of the Week.

Decoder Ring Theatre

2) Other podcasts

I’ve been really digging Wrestling with Depression, a show hosted by stand-up comedian and professional wrestling enthusiast Marty DeRosa. He interviews other comedians about how they deal with depression and other mental health issues. I like listening to the show because I feel I’m getting to know some people that I would never get to encounter in real life. It’s refreshing to hear people talk honestly about themselves. Kind of makes me want to try stand-up comedy myself.

Another one I like a lot is Risk!. This one is all about storytelling. Some stories are funny, some are sad, but they’re all entertaining. If you don’t mind explicit language, I recommend you check it out on the Risk! website or iTunes.

Risk! logo

3) Pinterest

I am really loving Pinterest! When it first came out I didn’t quite get it, but now I’m hooked on pinning. There was some initial question about whether pinning pictures you don’t own on Pinterest was legal (I guess there still is some question), so I started pinning images from the Flickr Commons. I like creating categories and finding images to fit them. Hopefully I’m helping people make more sense of the vast amount of information available on the web. I do think I’m helping to uncover some of the photographic treasures that live in the public domain.

Legs pinboard

So far my likes are very Internet dependent. Maybe I can come up with some less digital likes next time.

Lost lens

The day started out good.

I didn’t oversleep, I had made my lunch the night before, Sadie did her #2 business earlier that morning when my husband took her out. All I needed to do was take a shower, get dressed, and let the dogs pee. No problem, I thought. So I put some dog treats in the pocket of my black pants, leashed Sadie and stepped into the garage. My left contact falls out. I don’t know what to do. If I get on the floor to look for it will Sadie come over to ‘help” and end up eating it? `I don’t know, but I have to get down and look. I let go of the leash and ease onto my knees. I don’t see it, I don’t feel it so I go ahead and take Sadie to the door. She steps outside and doesn’t even have to pee. We go back in the house and I decide to see if the lens has fallen into my shirt, by bra, my shoes, my pant cuffs, etc. It’s nowhere to be found. I let Cammie out to pee, bring her back in, and then get on the floor and look some more. Nothing!  So I go to the bathroom and take out the other lens. It’s 8:30. I wanted to leave the house at 8:00.

Here’s the thing. I have to wear hard lenses to correct my keratoconus, so I only have one pair. I am due for an eye exam, but I’ve been putting it off. Now I guess there’s not more putting it off. I’ll have to go through the long process of getting fitted. It usually takes about three weeks of trial lenses before they find the ones that they think will work for me. I end up with some that feel fine for about a month before they start to get uncomfortable and then I just live with the discomfort until it’s time for the next exam. In the meantime I wear my glasses, which don’t completely correct my vision and contribute to back and neck problems from leaning forward to see the computer monitor.

Bad start to a week for which I had such high hopes.

Some of my goals for this week are:

  1. Blog everyday
  2. Climb  the stairs at work several times/day
  3. Make a to-do list for work projects
  4. Make better food choices at dinner

I’m off to a good start with blogging. Now it’s time to climb the stairs.

Here’s the art

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How do I do it?

This will maybe be a stream-of-consciousness kind of post, but I’ve already edited myself a couple of times, so maybe it won’t.

For some reason the question “how do I do it?” came to mind. What is this “it” that I wonder about?

How does anybody do anything?

When you think you’re going to write in a stream-of-consciousness format, but you know other people can see what you write, you don’t really do it.

I could make a list. I could make a list of lists.  This is my idea for making myself post when I’m too lazy to write something with substance.

List of Lists

  1. Things that make me angry
  2. Things that make me happy
  3. Things that scare me
  4. Things I love
  5. Things I’m good at
  6. Things I want to do
  7. Things I don’t want to do
  8. Genres of fiction and what I think of them
  9. Places I’d like to visit
  10. Favorite foods
  11. Favorite movies
  12. Regrets
  13. Hopes
  14. Dreams
  15. Memories
  16. Accomplishments

(maybe *fodder for future blog posts)

*I never knew the real meaning of the word fodder.

So I’m thinking of going back to school to get a degree in Instructional Systems Technology. I don’t know how I would find the time to do it, but I need a degree that people will take seriously and I’m drawn to the field. Since I began working in IT Training, I feel I’ve found my calling. I’ve also found that I really am kind of a communications/marketing person. Who knew?

Here’s a little doodle that I like.

Girl doodle

Elephants, the Olympics, and something great

I’m inspired

Always inspired

To create something great

To be great

and prove it to the world

Proving Myself

That’s the thing. I’ve always felt the need to prove myself; to whom I don’t know. Maybe, if I were more religious, I would want to prove myself to God. But does God really need that? God sees all and knows all (at least that’s what I’ve been told). Does he need love, or is he above it?  I’ll never know will I?

Elephants Won’t Forget

I’m thinking about elephants and how they mourn their dead. I read a story about a group of elephants who had been helped by a man but were no longer with him.  Somehow they found out he had died and traveled to his home to mourn him. How could this be?

more things in heaven and earth…

Lesson from the Olympics

I’ve been inspired by the 2012 Olympics. They did a profile on Mo Farah before the 10,000 m race, so I was rooting for him. I was at the edge of my seat in the final moments of the race and I was a little teary-eyed when he won. All of the runners amazed me with their athleticism. I lamented that I can’t even run a mile without walking part of it.  The fact that people can run great distances at great speed reminded me of the potential of human beings achieve greatness. It reminded me that I too have great potential. I’m just not always motivated to live up to it. If I could do 30 minutes on the treadmill everyday…

Dreams 1 & 2

I gave myself the task of sitting down and blogging every day. Apparently, I have abandoned that plan.

You’re not a writer unless you write.

I’ve had a couple of dreams in my life, being a movie star and being a writer. I don’t plan on ever moving to L.A. and trying the be an actress. I think life in Hollywood would destroy me. I can however, be a writer here and now. It doesn’t matter if I ever get published, or if anyone reads a word of what I write, I can write. I need to remember that.

So I’ll go ahead a post this and move on, and keep trying.

Here’s some art

Hand outline with colorful designs

Hand 1