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.  


  1. I love the notes! It looks awesome, and it is really funny. My favorite is the first thing I read. "Design isn't magical. It's a process." We were just talking about this in the lab last night. People don't understand how much time and thought goes into design. They see a picture or a title and think by just choosing pretty art and a decent font they have something so amazing. It's just that easy, you know? Well, no. It's not really. I know all of us have put in a ton of work - remember the travel issue? Well, it spoke volumes of how much time you were willing to spend on your designs, and it pays off. You're amazing. :)

  2. Nicole! Those crafts are so cute. A friend of mine has done those string laterns before. They're pretty easy and look sooo cool. Her one tip was to practice a few beforehand---some don't like to keep their shape. Even though your wedding is a while away, I hope it is fantastic!