I have recently become devoted to learning coding basics so that I can at the very least create a simple and decent website. I think on my own time, outside of school it will be a great learning experience. I’ve always had small opportunities to learn coding but have never able to fully grasp the skill, or I allow too much time to pass making me forget. I think trying one of the options on this blog post from Ted will really help me nail it down and finally get a good grasp on it. I got this!
This Ted Talk given by Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist made me think of how I might make career decisions in the future. She said, “chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.” I wouldn’t want to settle for a menial job with little responsibility and no stress, but rather pursue a job that requires responsibility with a healthy amount of stress that will have a lot of reward. I love this quote and I have it written on a sticky note on my computer to remind me to pursue great things!
During my internship at Ellen Bruss I became familiar with the local architecture and design firm, Semple Brown Design. They’ve had their hand in so many local projects and one of them I was particularly interested in was the old Tattered Cover building in Cherry Creek renovation about 7 years ago. The old building was really outdated and almost frumpy looking. If a building can be frumpy. I think Semple Brown’s design really enhanced the possibilities that the building wasn’t capable of in the past. The modern design and large panes of glass really open up the building and make the inside interact with the environment around it.
I found out about the Kirkland Museum move the other day and because of my internship at History Colorado, became curious about what the preservation community thought about it. It is my favorite art museum, and I can’t decide whether or not I like the idea of uprooting the building from its historic location. I asked the members of the Preserve Colorado Network group on Facebook and one of the responses came from a resident of Cap Hill who hated the idea. I agree with his argument that one of the main purposes of historic preservation is original context. It would seem to convolute the history of the building and Vance Kirkland’s life.
Before I saw this video I always felt that tracing was kind of cheating. I always wanted to have the natural talent of being able to draw freely from my mind, from scratch. Chip Kidd mentions that he traced the t-rex skeleton on the cover of the Jurassic Park book from a textbook (side note: I wonder how exact that tracing was? I assume that he finessed it and made it his own). The design comes in within the concept and the finesse of that tracing, and . I have also had the pleasire of experiencing Identity and Systems Design with Martin Mendelsberg. He helped me grow quite fond of combining photography and tracing to create illustrations. It’s a great way to develop an eye for shapes and become better at illustration in general.
Took the day off work to go to this brown bag lecture today. Very glad I did because not only was it completely awesome, I invited my good friend Sterling whom I got to catch up with at Dazbog afterwards.
Anyway, I found this lecture very inspiring. Why? Well, because I have a warm place in my heart for printing. My first job in high school was at a copy and print store in Conifer. I worked there for 5 years until the business tanked, and then worked at another print store in Denver for about 6 months and eventually lost interest in the business. Roger’s agency really reignited my love for the printing industry. He’s doing things I wish I was doing at my previous jobs. I had never heard of the duplex paper technique and wasn’t very familiar with laser etching. Basically the technique entails “laminating” or gluing layers of paper together and then using a laser to cut/burn varying layer of paper to reveal the colors and textures.
The reason for this technique is because of the transparency of the ink in letterpress and offset printing. For example, you wouldn’t be able to print a yellow on a black paper. Using duplexing and laser etching, you are guaranteed the color of that paper and you get laser accurate detail. Roger had an example of an extremely intricate lace pattern done with laser cutting. Another option is to use metallic inks or foil stamping.
Other things that were amazing:
1. I loved the idea Roger had for a client where he designed a sticker that can be placed on a standard business card that could be used for new employees or changes of address, etc. All you would have to do is create the standard card and then print the stickers for all your employees in differeing colors or whatever.
2. Did not know about photopolymer plates. I always thought metal was the only material used. Photopolymer plates are apparently less expensive and work perfectly for shorter runs. Good to know!
3. Liked his business plan of being a design agency as well as a printing agency. When one industry is slow the other usually picks up. Plus I LOVE both industries.
4. Using the transparency effect of layer inks. You get a third color for free! Totally awesome since I LOVE the transparency effects in photoshop and illustrator.
5. I can agree with Roger’s love of package design, especially in the alcohol and liquor world. I live right by Tipsy’s Liquor World, which claims to be the largest liquor store in the world. Honestly I go in there sometimes and just look at the rows and rows of sparkly glass bottles with all the color cool and funcky designs. He’s very right. These companies have to have their products stand out among the hundreds of other competing bottles which makes their designs so amazing.
6. “I don’t believe in any rules, I’m not afraid to try anything.” I admire this in people. I’ve always been afraid of making a mistake, and always felt I needed to be perfect first try in everything. Something I’m working on. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. All in all a short but worthwhile lecture.
Side note: I though Roger Maynor was an older 40-something…with the name Roger I only assumed.