Posts Tagged ‘graphic design’

First job

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Daily Blog
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Today was Design Element’s first pitch to ‘our’ first client! I was so excited and nervous!

I pitched three logo designs that I made from sketches and made sure to research online to make sure they weren’t close to existing brands.

I will post the sketches, the progression of ideas and the three logos I pitched after the final logo is approved.

The client said that he was surprised by the level of creativity and the professional presentation! I told him it is because I truly enjoy what I do.

While I am far from my “dream” goal of either working at or owning my own graphic design house, today gave me a taste of what I want. I could see my dream right in front of me!

So, faithful readers, we are on our way… C


Simply strong

Posted: August 7, 2011 in Daily Blog

While looking at different blogs to write about for class, I came across this post about a really neat graphic designer:

His designs are so strong and simple. It made me realize that I need to reach inside and find that conviction. The thing that I am most passionate about can drive my work as well.

I only have 3 classes left and I will finish a degree! While it may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, it is a major accomplishment in my life. I am so grateful to Carlos for supporting me and being understanding during the entire process.

I could not have imagined coming this far in such a short period of time. I was devastated when I was laid off. Now, I am so thankful. Don’t get me wrong, I really need a job and I have been pounding the pavement every day since. But, I am so appreciative of this chance to do something I love.

I hope your dreams become reality, too, faithful readers… C


As with anything in life, it is good to get the advice of wise and experienced people around you. But, it is also true that you have to make your own decisions and live with the consequences.

So, yesterday I made the decision to work with my intern boss and finally make a decision on the web domain. Since I want this to grow into my own business (either freelance or more) I decided to go with the website.

The words “Graphic Design” get over 2 million hits a month on Google alone and having those words in my domain could potentially help give me a stronger presence on the internet down the road.

I will be working with my intern boss in the next few weeks to design my website and get it up and running. Until then, there is a temporary “quick template” from the host and it has my contact information, including one of the new emails! It is really strange having my own email address that I created.

Now, I am one step closer to my dream. I have a logo and I have chosen what I want to specialize in. Branding, logo design, illustrations and web design. I want to be a designer/artist. I don’t want to be an expert in code or computers, even though I am sure I could. I want to use my art to make a difference, whether it be online, on a computer or on canvas/paper.

So, faithful readers, I hope you are enjoying the journey… C

I was so excited after my internet search to find no one had a site or business named Design Element.

So, when I went to get my .com domain, I was sad to learn someone had already purchased it. I was further upset to learn it is some company in the UK that bought HUNDREDS of .com domains and is holding them hostage with no intent of using them.

I tried contacting them directly because I didn’t feel like paying from $75 to $250 for someone like godaddy for just asking if they’d sell it to me.

I got a response and the company in England wants $2500 USD for the domain they will never use. I cannot believe there isn’t some control out there to keep this kind of unethical business practice from happening.

I did discover in my research that there are a few other options. There are other extensions I can use that are available without the $2500 price tag.

Here is where I need your help, faithful readers. Which extension from the below list would be the next best thing?

I am counting on you, faithful readers… C

Come to the Opening Ceremony in the North Gallery at The Washington County Arts Council on August 5, 2011 at 5pm!

My classmates and I have taken some great pictures and we are showing (and selling!) them in an exhibit entitled “History Remembered”.

You can go to The Washington County Arts Council website for more information or, here is their information below:

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc.
14 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 791-3132

Proceeds from the sale of our pictures goes to needy college people with large student loans 🙂

What is happening? Have educators become so complacent or defeated that they can stop handwriting in school?

I am already very disappointed in the budget cuts that took away the majority of music and art programs in public schools, but this pushes it to a new low.

Listen, I am a HUGE computer nerd and I am typing this on my iPad2. But, nothing can ever replace art, music, correspondence, etc. made with the naked human hand, a piece of paper and some basic writing instrument such as a piece of charcoal, a brush or quill and ink.

There is nothing more personal and touching than receiving a handwritten letter from someone you love. How will people sign store-bought cards if they never learn to write?

How can we be so arrogant to believe we will always have an electrical outlet, a computer and a printer accessible at any given moment? Please someone read this and stop the insanity!

Take the time today to fill out a form, a check or write a letter to a friend you haven’t seen for awhile and relish in the fact that you are participating in a dying form of the written word. In the not so distant future, someone may sell it to a museum as a piece of ancient history.


Posted: June 15, 2011 in Daily Blog

I have to apologize again for being absent. Life presents many challenges and my newest is a very dear and close friend in the hospital with cancer.

We are working on our brand identity in may graphic design course. I am trying to incorporate a unique logo with my favorite poem. I am toying with the idea of not using my name in the name of the business. Instead of using my name and/or initials, I am leaning towards using “Elemental Design”.

Any advice, ideas or suggestions are welcome!

I hope to hear from you, faithful readers… C