End Semester: Begin Winter Break

Have not updated in a while, and I'm sorry for that.
This semester kicked my ass and rightly so. But I persevered and I'm done. Woot.

On the agenda for Christmas Break:

-Redo packaging projects for portfolio finalization
--Write On! @ UPS
--Vinyl Cuts of Wine Logo for GOON (Pictures up soon!)
-Reprint Self Promotional Postcards because UPS fucks everything up
-Get resume together
-Start work on pro-bono Disc Golf Club course logos (whoops, sorry Jason)
-Start sniffing out Austin
--Jobs (if there are any)
--Networking
--Graphic Design Scene
--Housing
-Snowtubing with friends at the Badlands!
-Celebrating Michaela's Birthday
--(Remember to buy gift)
-Celebrate NEW YEARS! YAY!
-Relax a bit

Looking back on 2009, I feel that it was a year that I wasted. There were a lot of things on my 2009 TO-DO LIST that I didn't do. I feel sore about these unaccomplished things.
But I guess what the year starts over. So we can too.
I hate New Year's Resolutions. I always make a pile of them and never follow through, or always procrastinate them. Or maybe it's because I put too much thought into them, and thus, too much pressure on myself to fulfill those goals.

So maybe I'll make just one? An easy one.

2010 NEW YEARS RESOLUTION:
Be Happy.


Here is my yearly soundtrack:

2009 Soundtrack

January: Death to the Tinman Soundtrack- Dan Romer

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February: Skinny Love - Bon Iver

March: (Double Month) Landlocked Blues - Bright Eyes +

Closer - Kings of Leon

April: Let Me Sign - Robert Pattinson

May: Computer Camp Love- Datarock

June: Sleepyhead - Passion Pit

July: I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

August: She Wolf - Shakira

September: Electric Feel - MGMT

October: Home - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

November: The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson

December: Vagabond - Wolfmother

the logo blues...

Working on my logo for my software project. I'm going to state the obvious and say that designing logos are HARD. How do you make something that hasn't been made before, isn't over-used, not generic or cliche, creative and ingenious? Ugh it's tough.
It also poses this question: Is following a design trend smart?

A good logo:
1. Stands the test of time.
2. Presents well in black and white, as well as color.
3. Presents well in any size, be it on a letterhead, or a billboard.
Does following a trend just make your logo fresh, or does it make it fresh for a limited amount of time?

It has to have purpose and strong legs to carry it along. Trends are a look and feel of what is appealing a the time, but without some classic design backing, it falls flat. So my job is to marry classic design and trendiness to make a BAMF of a logo!

This weekend is going to be devoted to this project and some other projects that I've been wanting to do.

-Latino DJ dance night on Thursday
-Family Chirstmas Card
-Photocopying projects for portfolio
-Design self-promoting postcards (coming soon to a mailbox near you!)