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My Amazon wish list has grown exponentially in the past week. All because of that page that pops up after you add one thing to your list – other recommendations. Gets me every time. The books below, I’ve noticed, help sum up who I am as a designer and what I love. There are two sides to my design life: the aesthetic me, who loves to look at pictures, and the metaphysical me who wants to find meaning in what I do.



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Last week I worked some pretty late nights. Monday I came home from work at 1 AM, Wednesday it was 4AM. They were the first few nights I’ve worked late at a job in my long history of working in this business. I’ve always heard stories about how designers work until all hours of the night and now I can say that I’ve fully experienced what that’s like. I can sum this up in two words: not bad.

Granted, I work at a really awesome place with a great boss who has the greatest music ever (i.e. Muppets and William Shatner), so my experience might be different from others. I’m pretty tired this morning (as I usually put myself to bed by 9:45) but I feel as though I’ve completed some sort of rite of passage by working late. But I digress.

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 I’ve been sniffing out Tumblr for the past few months, trying to decide whether or not to start my own account. Or in other words, trying to decide whether or not I need ANOTHER home on the web.

My decision is evident here. And this is why: Read the rest of this entry »

I came across this great site this afternoon while browsing for jobs:

10 Great Places to Find Graphic Design Jobs Read the rest of this entry »

I read a great article yesterday about what life is really like for recent grads trying to get into the business. I found it through this great site that I’ve never heard of, but am now way excited to learn about – Graphic Design Forum. It has some great resources and advice, including this article. AJ Kandy, the author of the article, basically says that graphic design is more of a craft than an art, with the real advantages coming later in life and career.

“What we do is more akin to a craft or profession, and in a craft tradition, a lengthy apprenticeship, lifelong learning, and becoming a mentor to others are all par for the course. But it also implies no instant rewards.”

This makes good sense. Especially with our economy the way it is, young designers can’t expect high salaries for their first, second, maybe even third job. I for one understand the brilliance of those that have worked in the field for a long time, and I know that they get paid what they do because they have earned it. I can only hope that one day I will have the opportunity to work with many of these people and earn my place as well. Until then, I’ll keep working hard and loving what I do.

I came across the great website this morning – Fresh Creative. Not only is their work wonderful to look at (with some great event collateral and print advertising), but they have a great newsletter/blog as well. Their most recent entry focuses on the elements of a good brand. And they use a great example – FedEx.

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I can’t possibly go on without telling you about the most amazing book I’ve ever owned. “The Art of Looking Sideways” is about Alan Fletcher challenging everything you’ve ever thought about. It uses both sides of the brain, appealing to both the visual and textual learner. I can’t possibly describe what it is about, because it’s about so much. Mr. Fletcher himself discusses his book here. It’s the perfect coffee table book, because you can pick it up, read one page, put it down and start an amazing conversation. It’s a graphic designer’s/quote hoarder’s/useless information gatherer’s/philosopher’s dream, laid out in over 1000 pages. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been in the mood to start grad school lately. After reading about theories and the creative process I have found that I am more interested in why art is made, not how. I want a program that will let me explore design in every discipline, that will allow me to formulate ideas and share them with the rest of the world. And I desperately wish to teach. I should have majored in philosophy. Because all I really want to do is sit in a group of people and discuss why art exists and how it pertains to the meaning of life.

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The Grand Unified Theory of Nothing: Design, the Cult of Science, and the Lure of Big Ideas.

I have to admit that I have always been one that strives for deeper meaning in my work. I want my designs to have an impact on the viewer. Challenge their perceptions and make them think critically about my art and the world around them. I should have understood better when I was told my designs were too conceptual to be picked during my junior year Visual Communications class. I was so angry at the time. I didn’t want to assume the average person was as “stupid” as my teachers told me to think they were. I had more faith in the human mind.

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This entry begins my book discussion series. I have recently bought a few design books and I’m finally going to sit down and take a critical look at my field. These entries will deal with the issues in these books and hopefully strike discussion among those who design and who look at design. 

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