Back to Basics: Shapes moving, merging, scaling

I’m really enjoying my new read, Design Basics Index. I’m reflecting on past designs and planning for future designs. It mentions to just pick up the pencil and paper and draw simple shapes in relation to the space given. It got me thinking about my college elements of design class. So, I dug up my sketch book and found this exercise. The assignment I believe was to create a sequence of a shape or shapes moving, merging, or scaling. I remember having fun with this because there was no right or wrong and simple shapes do not intimidate me at all. It’s just innocent FUN! This could definitely help when you’re organizing elements of your design. Observe the negative and positive space when you finish a sequence, reflect how you feel about it, and apply it to your design. My favorite one is on the second page, second row where the star in laying down.

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Back to the basics

20130713-193755.jpgIt’s always a good idea to go back to the basics. That’s exactly what I need during my designers block frustrations. I contemplated whether I needed a graphic design book because the Internet has so much information! But, I’m a little over reading on web all day and I wanted to flip pages. I may not be able to zoom into the pictures like I do on the iPad, but the texture and smell of a textbook I kinda miss. =P I also miss the basics of graphic design. So, I browsed through the pages of “Design Basics Index” by Jim Krause at my local Books-A-Million. I actually judged this book from it’s copyright date, 2004, and I wondered if a 2004 graphic design could be outdated by 2013. Another book I looked at that was published in 2010 was very eye catchy and maybe double the size of Design Basics. I guess that’s sort of like judging book by it’s looks, so I really read into these books; a little here and there per section, per chapter, per cover. Design Basics was the perfect fit because is has exercises scattered through the book and it was just the whole package with good and bad examples. It was about making conscious decisions and not just placing that logo in the corner just because it looks good. I needed more reason in my designs because I was kind of designing to things that looked cool. Then, I couldn’t get myself out of that initial design. That means I ran out of ideas. So, the basics will definitely refresh my brain on my community college practice. The university doesn’t let you practice all that much, which I hope changes for the better. I’m looking forward to evolving.

 

Rising above designer woes

A few projects recently closed, so a winning design was chosen. Unfortunately, they weren’t my designs. I really yearn for that one day that I get my first bite. It’s a very stressful business I’m tell ya. Right now, I’m not handling it very well OR it could just be the rainy, thunderous Florida weather getting to me. Where’s my sunshine?
I keep trying to tell myself that my designs aren’t bad, but they’re just not what the clients are looking for. There so much for me to learn. It’s a little overwhelming. I’m not sure what kind of help I need or what exactly to study on so I get better. I know practice makes perfect, but I feel like I need to learn more…techniques, tools, styles. I definitely don’t feel cultured enough to please different clients. One of my designs was for a kids gymnastics class and my design turned out to be too mature, too corporate, if I’m using that word correctly. The winning design was totally FUN and colorful and full of life. I need to learn how to be in that state of mind when I read a clients description. To do that I think I just need to research, research, research. I’m always rushing through designs.

This was a loser. Up for grabs if you want to buy it!
This was a loser. Up for grabs if you want to buy it!

Not bought! If you like it let me know and we can collaborate
Not bought! If you like it let me know and we can collaborate
Definitely not fun enough.  Too serious!
Definitely not fun enough. Too serious!