I Got the Internship!

Gaslight Creative, a graphic design agency near my apartment in St. Cloud, was looking for a new intern. They decided to hold a poster contest instead of just turning in boring resumes, so I did my best work and applied. They prefaced the “assignment” by saying that the job of a graphic designer is to break an idea down into its simplest form and communicate. So the only criteria for the poster was to use the words “you cannot not communicate.” That was it. I decided to take it a different route because I like to break the rules. And they called me in for an interview! And then I got hired! Two of my classmates also got hired so we will be an intern team. I start tomorrow, I can’t wait!

You Cannot Knot Communicate <<<click here to see my poster design

You can check out Gaslight Creative’s work at their website here!

Hand-Lettered Book Project II

We’ve just finished our second hand-lettered book project, which was creating a hand-lettered calligraphy or blackletter book. I chose to write the calligraphy myself instead of tracing it because I wanted more of an organic look and feel. Although the other traced blackletter designs I’ve seen from other students are incredibly beautiful, I wanted mine to feel more personal. I chose to write a poem by Garcilaso de la Vega, called En tanto que de rosa y azucena, written in the 16th century. I struggled with a few different ideas on how to lay out my book, starting with an unsuccessful accordion book, and ended up writing a scroll on vellum. I wanted to incorporate some illustration as well which I did, but I have yet to finish decorating the drop caps and the border. Here are a few photos of my process and end result.

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Hand-Lettered Book Project I

We have been working on hand-lettering in my package design class, and our first project was to create a book showcasing different hand-lettered fonts, along with the computer created font. I used my favorite art quote, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” Here are a couple pics of my end product.

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Off to a good start

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UPDATE: Summer 2013
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I worked on this piece a bunch more this summer and totally changed it. I still can’t seem to finish it but I’m pretty happy (and proud, not gonna lie) of where it’s going.  Now I need to take a few months away from it and start working on it again when it feels fresh.