It occurred to me that I should update this with some of the professional work I’m doing.
That sounds easier than it is, considering that a lot of the work I’m doing is UX design and, due to the lifecycle of software, apps, websites, etc, most of them haven’t launched or, after getting in contact with me and hiring me and thanking me, dropped me like that Ornithology course I almost took in high school, and I’ve no idea where they are now.
Yet still, work has been done. So here I’ll post one.
I did a graphic design project pretty much pro bono for a local women’s bicycling group that’s just getting off the ground (and growing fast). It was a great deal of fun, especially with the main logo piece. Women… ocean state…. bicycling… see it? see it?
Yeah now you do. Uh-huh.
Which is just par for course, right? I mean, you HAVE to have a shitton of variations for those bumper stickers, cups, t-shirts, sports wear, car decals, event stickers, web announcements, etc etc etc…. and who doesn’t like colors and hipster typography and ohmygod I’m getting carried away with my own coolness.
I learned from this project not to give your client too many options.
In the end, the secondary logo (aka the profile icon on facebook to go with the banner logo, as in the first image):
“Keep it simple, stupid”, as one of my professors would always say.
(But colors are fuuuuun…!! why doesn’t anyone believe me??)
They’re like designing candy. Small, tasty little things that are supposed to catch the eye and the interest.
Alex is a little iffy on the bright colors, but he’s more a monochrome minimalist guy. I think the black and white thing can be done right, and has been done right about a gazillion times before- I have to say I like a little (okay a lot) of color.
So color we go.
I used to be a criminal.
I used to go online and use those “FREE BUSINESS CARDS” ads (which were so not free, beeteedubs), and then get 300 pre-designed cards in the mail and use those. Ugh! How could I?? It was terribly embarassing. It didn’t come up much in corporate world though.
But no longer! In a couple hours I whipped up a design, had them printed, and spent a twiddly hour cutting them out. Tedious, yes, and while designing I was being a moron and not thinking of bleeding colors, but hey, it’s a STEP FORWARD.
Still, business cards gives you such great ideas! How can I integrate hand-made elements into it next time? Could I double-layer the paper and cut out the top layer in my name? Need a laser cutter for that, but still.
I’m out of prison, though still on parole. As my job progresses further, I’ll have to knock out a whole day and just make something so totally badass it’ll blow your mind.