Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rhyan's Party

Here are some photos of my niece's birthday party. I think the decorations turned out really cute. I love all the bright colors! It was fun seeing my name signs, banner and thank you's in action!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Family's Card

Here is my family's Christmas card I designed this year! I printed it on pearl paper, which turned out well with the design.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Waddell Christmas

Here is the card I designed for my soon-to-be brother and sister-in-law. It will be a luxe card, so it's hard to tell what the printed product will look like. I love the lace borders that I found on etsy. I'm sure they will come to use many more times!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hoffman Card

This is a card I recently designed. I think it turned out pretty cute. I like the zig zags, which I had never  used in a design.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

More bday design

Here are more pieces for the birthday party. The rainbows are going on the kids' chairs, and the thank you's will go on the goody bags. The bottom design is a banner that will hang over the birthday girl. I'll take pictures and upload them after the party!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Care Bears Birthday

My niece is turning four next month, and I designed the invitations for her party. I incorporated her Care Bears theme in a subtle way by using the font and bright colors. Her mom took the photos of her that we used on the invite. They're so adorable. You can check out her website at DelaniaWaddellPhotography! Here is the invite, along with the cupcake toppers I designed. I'll post the banner, seat signs and thank you's I'm making when they are finished, so stay tuned!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shower Pieces

Here are the cupcake toppers and banner I designed for the baby shower. I took the elements from the invite and used them on both. I like how the three colors turned out together. The original yellow didn't show up well on the pearl paper I printed on, so I had to use a darker shade. I'm excited to see everything set up at the party!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

shower invite

Here is my first baby shower invitation that I am designing for a friend. It was fun drawing the pieces for the invite. I think it turned out pretty well. For the original design I used pink for the bottom, but I think I might like the white better.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Card design

Here are some sample Christmas cards I've been working on. These are for customers to look at so they can get an idea of my style. I created all of the design elements on each. This is my new passion; I love it! I have a few families lined up so far who want me to make their cards. I'm hoping to get my name out quickly and get lots of business this season!
The photos I used are from Laci Davis, a photographer I came across on pinterest. I made up names and plugged them in to make the samples look as real/final as possible.

Photo courtesy: Laci Davis Photography

Monday, October 24, 2011

First wedding invite

I have been doing an awful job keeping up with my blog since I graduated. I'm going to start back up, and my goal is to post at least once a week. Here is my first wedding invitation that I designed. The bride wanted a tree look with her colors incorporated. She suggested printing the RSVPs in the size of business cards, which turned out well! I'm looking forward to designing more.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Last Days as a Tiger

Critique: Feature
This week I’ve been working on my draft of the Green Fakers secondary feature for Vox. The story is about sustainable construction and just how “green” buildings are in Columbia. The illustration I designed represents the different levels of greenness a building has, or can have. 

Response: End of the Semester
It’s hard to believe that my last semester as a tiger is coming to an end. As cliché as it is, I didn’t expect college to fly by quite this fast. I remember thinking this time last year that I have plenty of time to figure out where I would like to work and apply for jobs. And now it’s here. It’s scary to think I’ll be in the real world soon. I’m excited to graduate and be done with schoolwork, but I might be wishing to be back in school when I have a full-time job. I hope I find a job I'm passionate about and love going to each day. That is extremely important to me, and when, or if, it does happen I'll be very thankful. As of right now, I have part-time freelance work lined up. I will be designing each month for a magazine in Springfield. I’m excited to get some real-world experience. It should be a good starting point for me.

You Can’t Miss This
On designverb this week, there is a post of a designer’s enlightening notes. It’s pretty clever. Here is one page, but you can check out the rest on the blog!

I found two blogs that have some great DIY ideas. Even though I probably won’t do most of the projects, it’s really fun to look at them. The Shanty 2 Chic blog has a post on making a Mason jar key hook. I think it’s adorable, and it seems pretty easy to do. I’d love to make one for my house. On Ruffled, there is a post on how to make string chandeliers. I’m thinking about making these for my wedding next summer. I was planning on having paper lanterns, but it might be neat to make my own.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Final Work

Critique: Shindig iPad App
We’ve been working on iPad app pages for our magazine. The one I’m designing is a cooking guide that has a list of the evening’s menu. It includes the cooking time of each item, when it should be taken out of the oven, for example, and a timer that shows what temperature it should be cooked. There is also a shopping list that provides what food will be needed for the party. Here is what it looks like so far.

Response: Mini Portfolio
I’ve been finalizing my portfolio, and all I have left to put in it is Shindig designs. I’m planning to send it to the printer this weekend to get a proof before we present them to the class. Here is what I have for my front and back cover, a preview of what my labels and page setup will look like, and my resume, which is on the last pages.

You Can’t Miss This
On designverb this week, there is a post about emoticon rings. Chao and Eero Jewel from Finland designed these with inspiration that email and phone messages are used so frequently. Using emoticons to express emotion is probably a daily activity for most people, so I bet many think this is a clever idea. I think they're pretty funny.

I love looking at packaging design, and I found some pretty neat ones on a site called Lovely Package. Much of the designs featured are of beverage labels, but there is a wide variety of categories, such as athletics and home. Here are some of my favorites.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finalizing Shindig

Critique: Shindig 
Well, Shindig designing is officially almost complete. We’ve come a long way from our first draft, and it has turned out great. I’m so excited to see the finished product. It will be rewarding to see our work in print. Here are my pretty-much-final designs. Some online teases and high-res photos need to be placed, but other than that everything is complete. I was in charge of four departments and two features.

Also, here is my music department design for the 4/21 issue.

Response: Mini Portfolio
I worked on my portfolio this past weekend, and I realized it’s harder to come up with a layout than I expected. I’m having trouble deciding if I want to put designs strictly on the right pages or if I should include designs on the left pages as well. As of right now I have single-page designs on the right pages, and if there is a multiple-page design, I put it on both sides. This strategy might be too inconsistent, but I will decide after I figure out where I’m going to place the section labels. 

You Can’t Miss This:
Designverb hasn't posted much these past two weeks, but there was a post about puppeteers Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones. Their latest creation is of a life-like horse who trots and gallops. Check out the video. It's pretty amazing what they can build.

I came across this neat website of Mathieu Badimon, a French web designer. Check out one of his pages.