Little pieces of me

billboard There it is. Loud and (thank the good lord) clear at the edge of town.

I can’t take all the credit as it was such a collaborative piece. I am very thankful that I got to play a small role in it as it has been a real learning curve. Printing something A4 size is totally different to printing something F*%#ing Huge size (pretty sure that’s a technical term right there).

One of the drawbacks of working freelance straight out of … ok, almost finished … Design College is the huge learning curve that sometimes feels more like a tsunami.

I do wish there was an opportunity to work somewhere local as a Junior Designer so I could pickcar the brains of fellow workers when sticky projects come up because my current go-to knowledge base is Google and my study notes. In other words, precious little.

Unfortunately, I believe I’ll have to leave town to get the opportunity to work in an actual agency and whilst that’s not the shittiest idea in the world (I would gladly move southwest – closer to the coast and further from the heat), NIH has a great job and is very happy. I don’t want to shake that tree just yet when I can still get by on doing what I’m doing.

It has been kinda cool to see some of the projects I’ve worked on get finished off and start appearing around town, even if they are just tweaks of original designs (with permission, of course) rather than entirely my own originals. I guess I’m the carpenter equivalent of a handyman – I may not build the house but by gum, I can fix that hole in the wall, no worries.

I’m slowly getting the gist of what I really like doing design-wise. Whilst images are cool and all, my real love is the ol’ formatting of Final_Gone but not forgotten-1documents. Another project I’ve just finished involved a local exhibition to commemorate ANZAC Day.  The design section was quite simple and low-key and it was the formatting of text in the document that took the most time.

Funnily enough, nothing gives me more satisfaction than perfectly presented text.  I think that’s the proofreader in me coming out.

My next big project is designing the collateral for Queensland Public Library Association’s upcoming conference in October. It involves everything from the initial branding design to creating programs, forms, website and bits and pieces.

Seriously, how awesome is that?

 

I heart my lecturer

blog atomicI am down to the wire with my diploma, so close to the finish line it actually seems possible I’ll be done … someday.  And after more than 20 years of studying in a virtual campus-type scenario for one university, college or training centre or another, I have had the absolute pleasure of getting a lecturer who I am deeply in like with.

His name is Benji and he is awesomeness personified.

He does audio blogs for us to go with the reading material. It works to spice up the rather dry subject matter of Design Industry as well as give an opportunity for him to share some of his first-hand experiences as a graphic designer out in the big, wide world.

He encourages online discussions and stimulates interest with wacky little side projects that can be rattled off in 30 minutes tops yet give a little more depth to our knowledge.

He marks your assignments THE SAME DAY.

Oh, but not only that.

He sends you an audio critique to let you know what he really liked and where you could work to make it just that little bit better.

He’s personable, humorous, positive and without a doubt THE BEST lecturer I’ve ever had.

And as I have alluded to before, I am not a first-timer in this online campus shenanigans. I am a study tart who gets around, people. I get around and I’ve had LOTS of lecturers *blush*

Truly gifted teachers, whether in a classroom, online or just happening to do so as part of the job, are easy to spot.

They are passionate about what they do and they want to pass that passion onto others.  They care deeply about the results of their students – they want them to do well.

They find alternative ways and means to deliver the message so all of their students can engage fully.  They don’t travel the tried and true highway but rather take their students on the back trails and down side streets.

They make learning fun.

I have had so much fun with this module that I’m almost sad to see it will be over soon.  And as a veteran student, that’s a very big deal.

 

Marks for NYR progress

NYE-R2You know how you have that week where it’s supposed to be quiet and it’s not? I’ve had two of them in a row, which is how I choose to start the analysis of how those pesky New Years Resolutions are going:

1. Draw in Journal

Michelle started well with good intentions then got sidetracked with other things and the journal she specifically bought, sized to fit in her handbag so she could carry anywhere and draw at whim, has now become a “To Do” list of sorts, featuring sporadic scribbles (usually done whilst on the phone or when listening to her online classes that she’s trying to catch up on). Disappointing. 5/10

2. Massage once a month

You’d think this would be an easy one but it has proved to take rather more thought and action than anticipated. The score so far is 2 massages over the past 4 months but she has made a booking for number 3 next week. Better than expected. 7/10

3. Body Balance/Yoga classes

Like all things, Michelle started with enthusiasm then completely lost it. However, she has started swimming laps so technically she is still doing something for her health that is relatively stress-free on her body whilst toning muscles. Of course, we wait to see how her progress goes now that cooler weather is here. Satisfactory. 8/10

4. Keep criticisms to self and give out love and acceptance

Woeful. Hardly attempted. Has resorted to yelling/sighing loudly/rolling eyes whenever Kat from MKR is on the screen. Made NIH watch Cinderella and conceded to view Fast and Furious 7 as payment. Rolled eyes so many times from implausible scenarios/terrible lines almost fainted from dizzy spells. Meanwhile, NIH was called to work halfway through movie and has asked for no spoilers, even if they come wrapped in sarcastic remarks. Tempted to give a zero but at least she is aware of her judginess even if she can’t seem to control herself. And did feel sad at dedication to Paul Walker at end of F&F7. 2/10

5. Write blog post once a week

Was doing well but has gone off the rails over the past few weeks. Blames workload. Suspect just disorganised. 7/10

6. Mini clean up/declutter once a week

Hmm. She did clean the ensuite bathroom today. And has finally got rid of the books/DVD’s/extra bibs and bobs that were marked for culling in the last clean up done 6 months ago. Fortunately NIH has done up a job board for the two young men who still live at home so perhaps future clean ups will just mean moving NIH’s shit from the dining room table to his desk. And her shit from the kitchen bench to somewhere else. She’s trying. 5/10

7. Bake Bread

Consistent effort throughout the past three months. Has settled into a pattern of baking which begins on Sunday night with getting the starter out to warm up overnight and ends on Tuesday night with baked bread out of the oven.

Number of loaves: 12
Number of times bread has been like a tasty brick that makes great crunchy toast: 10
Number of times bread has been fluffy goodness: 2
9/10 for effort

OVERALL MARK: 43/70 (61%)

That’s a pass, right?