Personal Projects

I need to start completing the items on my personal project list. These are things I have been putting off for too long.

1. Bind my type book by hand. Sean bought me this great book on how to make books. I just need to go back to Pearl Paint to see if they have any supplies. Last time I went they were out of everything.

2. When I wasn’t able to find book binding supplies, I ceramic paint – no firing needed. Sean and I have a couple white mugs that I want to put some sort of pattern on. So the first part of this is I need to figure out what design to put on it. Part of me thinks the above fan pattern blown up could work. Although, maybe something typographic would be better. I could also put one thing on one mug and the other design on another one.

3. Print my Cazenovia book. I spent way too much time on that book for no one to see it and the photography in it is beautiful. I have a few spreads on my design related site but nothing compares to seeing a book in print. I might finally put it on Blurb and buy a copy for myself.

4. Design my website so this summer Sean can teach me how to build it correctly – using CSS and not slice and dice via photoshop. I have a design related site but I would like to have a site that I designed and built.

5. Become better at photoshop. My boss gave me an image some packaging he had designed and wanted me to make it look like this.

Well something like that but with a light grey background. I was able to make this. I was only given the image of the bottle. I added the creatures in InDesign by making them bitmaps first.


He also wanted me to create a layout like this:


In the end he liked both of my images.

The more I use photoshop the more I like it. I would like to fiddle with retouching a bit as well. I know a fair amount but not as much as my photographer friends. When I was freelancing at Workman Publishing I did some photoshopping as well – recreating part of a wall and putting in objects that were for their HOOPS 2010 calendar.

I think this goes hand in hand with wanting to shoot more. I have a great camera  that I rarely use. When I was studying abroad, I always had my camera with me and took hundreds of pictures. I feel like living in New York would have inspired me the same way as London or Amesterdam did, but it hasn’t of yet.


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