Today’s graphic design project: Create a set of illustrations that explains, senza parole, how to accomplish a certain task. First, I got the very serious and difficult task of applying contact lenses (Some people struggle okay? I got you Shelb.)
Major hint: Do not use your nails. Obvious to many, not so to some. Next, with only a short bit left in class, I drew “How to open a wine bottle.” So I thought, “Okay, how do I open wine bottles?” And this is what I came up with.
My latest graphic design project, redesigning a logo for the Alberese Archaeological Project, first based on their old one, and then starting from scratch. To the right is the old one, followed by my two designs. The original is (very loosely) based on a lamp found at the site, which I more accurately traced to create the first. The second is—hopefully I’m stating the obvious here—a acronym made of archaeological tools.
My graphic design teacher emailed me yesterday to tell me that I won our first design contest, and I am so excited! The job was to design a logo for the John Cabot-founded International Student Leadership Organization, that reflects the key characteristics of the organization: empowering, simple, and universal. In any case, they liked it! And anyone who saw me after leaving Ave Maria last semester, upset and frustrated because I was obsessively perfecting press kits that my boss already said were good, will know how relieved this makes me. Apologies for the excess of the devil’s punctuation mark in this post. I know, I hate them too. Here’s the link to the announcement on the JCU website.
I just wanted to check in really quick and confirm that today is, in fact, my 21st birthday, and I am still alive. As Carol said, I MADE IT! In fact I am very alive. So alive that I was able to take a midterm at 9:00 AM this morning. So super alive that I nailed it. Check it out. We had to design a poster and invitation for an extremely important JCU event. Who knows if it’s technically any good, but I’m pretty proud of it.
In other much more important news, I am deeply and irrevocably in love with the Notre Dame Rome program, in its entirety. Every single person here helped make this one of the best birthdays I have ever had, and I could not be more grateful to have become so close so quickly with such a stone cold pack of weirdos. Everyone brings something unique and absolutely vital to the table, and today didn’t have to be anything more than just being with all of them to make it great. (It was, I mean I ate steak that was cooked in balsamic that was older than me, so there’s that.) I especially want to thank the group of freaks that accompanied me to Scholars last night, Mia and Carmel for singscreaming Grease songs with me, Katie for dressing me, Carol for winning my birthday, Coco for my morning cornetto and making me feel good by girl crushing on me, Teresa for those things I can’t talk about because there is no way in hell I am sharing, Hannah Banana for my lovely key charm, Lily for a cake made of magic balls, catering to my every whim, allowing me to be a massive birthday princess, and being my main squeeze. And of course, thank you Jackie for my flowers, negative thank you for the worst drink of my life, and a million thank yous for the best birthday meal ever. Seriously, I feel very lucky. I love all you guys.
Baby steps people. Our first Graphic Design project for the semester was to choose our three “key values” or characteristics and design a logotype for our first name based around those traits. I elaborated just to make sure I felt like all definitions were captured. Fonts are so tricky, as I learned for myself working at Ave Maria this semester. I wish I had more fully utilized Dafont. Sigh, regrets…