Changes All Around!

It's been a while since I've posted here, but rest assured, it's due to some busy and exciting developments!

Firstly, I went on a delightful trip to Europe with my family. Taking in the art, design, music, architecture, and history was something that still inspires me, even after returning to the states almost a month ago. It was also an opportunity to get familiar with Instagram, so I posted a photo every day from my travels. Here are just a few:

The lovely Notting Hill

The lovely Notting Hill

The Eurostar

The Eurostar

The fantastic Musée d'Orsay

The fantastic Musée d'Orsay

The Grand Canal in Venice

The Grand Canal in Venice

In other news, I got a full-time job working at a small agency in Columbus called Floyd. I'm technically the first hire, so it's about as small as you can get, but I'm thrilled at the thought of seeing something grow and evolve firsthand.

In addition to a new job, I also found a new place to live. It's a small, but cozy studio space overlooking one of Columbus' parks. Prior to the move-in, I got to play the role of an interior designer, something I've never really done before. I've been here for a week and a half, and I'm feeling pretty comfortable.

In the coming weeks, CCAD will begin its fall semester, and it'll be strange to not be associated with that. I'm sure I'll get those creative itches, though! 

That's all for now, but I'll keep you updated! 

Ad/Graph Thesis – Reaching Out

Last week, I shared what my big idea was. Almost everyone I've talked with seems to enjoy the idea, and I've continued to dive into the topic.

I recently set up a survey that gauges people's stances on space in general and poses the big question: What would you send into space and why? The survey can be taken here, and I've already received some very interesting answers. Here a few of my favorites:

  • "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, because I believe it to be the happiest song ever recorded."
     
  • "If I could send out a camera that would never lose its charge and record whatever it finds and transmits it back, that'd be cool. Or a Nickelback CD so we're sure alien life never visits us."
     
  • "A bottle of wine, because we all know it gets better with age. By the time it reaches anything able to consume it, that will be one expensive bottle."
     
  • "A seed of any sort, with directions on what it needs to grow and survive. If something was out there that was able to understand how to make the seed grow then we would more likely than not start a new species of plant somewhere and change everything about that somewhere."
     
  • "A box set of The X-Files... Milder deserves to know the truth. Or Liam Payne of One Direction, because he's my least favorite."

"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire.
© 2012 Sony Music Entertainment.

A box set of  The X-Files . Photo Credit: Amazon.

A box set of The X-Files. Photo Credit: Amazon.

Photo Credit: Wine Tours of the World.

Photo Credit: Wine Tours of the World.

Photo Credit: AllThingsD.

Photo Credit: AllThingsD.

I also stumbled across Earth Tapestry, which is a nonprofit that uses the internet to democratically determine the cultural significance of different landmarks and locations. They also have plans to preserve this information on the Moon in the form of a laser-engraved sapphire disk. This particular project is being coordinated in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University. Best of all, William Alba, the founder and director of the project has an email listed, so I recently reached out to him. If all goes well, he could a great resource for this project.

The Metasphere Chamber that will securely house the Earth Tapestry data on the moon. Photo Credit: Earth Tapestry

The Metasphere Chamber that will securely house the Earth Tapestry data on the moon.
Photo Credit: Earth Tapestry

I was also recommended this article, which does an excellent job weighing the pros and cons of actively sending messages into space.

By my next blog post, I'll have submitted my official thesis proposal, and hopefully hear back from a few professionals in their respective fields.

This month has been particular busy, considering I've had to juggle my thesis, a One Show entry, a pretty ambitious music video, Directions, and a few other miscellaneous things. When this current week wraps up, I'll have a lot more time to dedicate to this!

Big Brand Project – More and More Deliverables

Like I mentioned last week, my goal was to make substantial progress on my deliverables, especially the tangible aspects of the project. I've worked on more the print ads and business cards a little more (incorporating better photography), as well as creating some of the stationary and packaging, too. Here's some more stuff:

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This is a  really  quick mockup, and I'm not totally committed to the layout yet. I'll also have one or two other SKUs.

This is a really quick mockup, and I'm not totally committed to the layout yet. I'll also have one or two other SKUs.

With only about a week left in the project, it's a mad dash to the finish. By next week, I hope to have as many deliverables ready as I can.