Kyle has Graduated.

As I’ve noted in my last post, one way I have coped with having too much time on my hands is to take on new projects. One recent project of mine was designing the graduation announcements for my boyfriend, who just completed TWO degrees from Oregon State University. He was nice enough to indulge me.

The Inspiration

The inspiration for the announcements came from Kyle (duh). He has graduated with a degree in English,  a degree in Education, and spent the last two terms of his college career  student teaching at a local high school. The obvious motif was to use a book cover/novel design, and because Steinbeck is one of his favorite authors and he had just finished a unit on Of Mice and Men, we chose another novel cover by Steinbeck to use as a starting point. I then took some of the main elements and color scheme of the cover and simplified it using Adobe Illustrator to draw the main shapes. I had fun replacing the title and author with Kyle’s information, and I also replaced the Penguin logo from the publishing house to be a little Beaver (which was a little rough as a UO Alum- Go Ducks!). This is the finished version:

The inside block of copy was my favorite aspect of designing this card because, as you may recall, I’m a bit of a type nerd. In any case, here it is:

I especially love the ampersand. I created this also in Illustrator, as this program gave me more flexibility in playing with the type as an object rather than as a block of lettering. If nothing else, this project showed me how much more there is out there for me to learn in the world of design!

I’m looking for tutorials in Photoshop, inDesign, Illustrator and Flash that will let me stretch my creative muscles again. Any recommendations?

April Fools!

Normally I would upload my month of planner pages on the first of the month-so this April Fool’s joke is a day late and a dollar short. (Okay, maybe it’s more like 7 days late.) I’ve been neglecting this blog lately and the only reason I can think of to explain this is that March was a HARD MONTH. As many of you know, it was my first month of not being employed since graduating last spring. In that time, I’ve had many opportunities and interviews, met with a few really rockstar companies, and followed as many leads as came my way. I’ve been busy.

And here I am, still looking for the right opportunity.

Now as I look back over these pages, I can see that I’ve managed to keep just as busy as I was working 9-5. To me, the key to feeling productive is to keep busy. Current projects I’m working on include painting and stenciling, designing graduation announcements and writing a guide to being unemployed- and I’m looking for any tips you may have on this subject.

Anyway, here it is. March.

This month saw a lot more lists and writing, and the exciting addition of my personal photography- because sometimes a picture says it all.

Keep stopping in, I’ve still got a few tricks up my sleeve.