New Year, New Updates

After spending a month back home, I'm back for my final semester at CCAD. Here's a brief rundown of what's been happening lately:
 

Website

I spent part of my winter break refining this site, from its overall design to the content throughout. Although it's taken me some time to become accustomed to Squarespace, I'm feeling much better about how I appear online.
 

Twitter

For my Copywriting for New Media class, I'm required to set up a personal Twitter account. When I have everything up and running in the next day or two, I might consider incorporating it into this site somehow.
 

Heroes Project, Part 2

Once again, I've been tasked with interviewing another influential figure in the world of design. This time around, I've chosen to contact Ryan Chapman, a London-based artist who does a large amount of editorial illustration in a decidedly graphic style. He recently expressed his interest in answering some questions, and I intend to follow up with him tomorrow. I'm not certain if I can Skype with him, but I'll probably receive great information all the same. Here's a sampling of his work:

Ad/Graph Thesis Project

This will be my biggest Ad/Graph project to date, with the entire process spanning almost the entire semester. Last week, our class was given a somewhat formal introduction to the objectives, challenges, and past examples of the thesis show. This week, I will begin my search for the concept that I'll explore. It's a daunting task, but between my peers, instructors, and other resources, I'm sure I'll find that big idea. By next week, I would love to have an idea selected at the very least.


I might have very well left out a few details, but those are some of the biggest developments as of late. You can expect a new blog post every week going forward.

New Heroes Presentation – More Progress

As I mentioned last week, I've been piecing together the remainder of the presentation. Come Thursday, I'll be sharing everything I've gathered about Patrick Moore and his career as a designer. After learning about Pecha-Kucha presentations in my Advanced Branding class, I've been trying to design these slides with a similar mindset. Here's a sneak peak:

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I'll be sure to let check in next week after the presentation is over.

New Heroes Presentation – Organizing Talking Points

Last week, I had a great conversation with Patrick Moore about his design work, career path, and much more. Moving forward, I've explained that I'll begin assembling my presentation.

I'm starting with some major talking points, such as his backstory, career path, technique, style, and other advice.

Next week, I'm hoping to have made even more progress. After that, I'll have the following week to make final refinements.

An illustration by Patrick Moore for Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams  (Credit: moorepat.com)

An illustration by Patrick Moore for Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (Credit: moorepat.com)


New Heroes Presentation – Interviewing Patrick Moore

Last week, I explained that I had managed to land an interview with designer/illustrator Patrick Moore, with the plans of talking to him on Wednesday. 

Looking back, I'm thrilled to say that the interview went very well. He was incredibly flattered that I chose him, and asked me about myself before I could even ask him questions. We discussed his career path, creative process, methods for achieving balance in his work and life, and much more. It was apparent in our conversation that he loves what he does, and wanted the best for me as an aspiring designer. Upon concluding the call, I was very inspired.

Recording the audio clearly was a challenge, but thankfully, I tested extensively beforehand. In the end, I put my phone on speaker and placed it near the microphone on my laptop. The quality of the call turned out to be quite nice, so I'm very relieved. Here's my state-of-the-art setup:

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Over the next week, I'll begin piecing together my presentation. I'm eager to share what I've learned.