My Résumé

24Jun11

Here it is in all it’s glory!

I’ll be unemployed as of June 28, 2011…  Grab me while while i’m hot!

My 2011 Résumé

Download Link:  JPhoenixGispan2011

 

 

 

 

 

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Consequences

20May11

I made my own little public service announcement campaign today in my downtime at work :)

Feel free to share  ;)

See, i can create without a deadline!


Something to watch out for, and it gets me every time, is the Sneaky Anal Client…

This client comes in and is very relaxed about what he wants. Very nice, very respectful of your talents and interested in what you have to offer in the way of design…  he might even tell you something like “I want to see your creative vision for this project”. So you go into the project with an upbeat attitude and, feeling free, you really let your creativity fly for him.  You are so happy that such a great client found you!  :D

but then…

Feeling confident you deliver your first proof and it comes back to you with a few minor changes (font changes, color adjustments, move this photo over to the other side) and you think to yourself, “Well of course MY vision isn’t going to match HIS vision completely” so you happily make the changes, though some of them you are a little more hesitant to make…  and you send it away for another proof, still feeling like you are awesome and you have provided some quality design work for this nice gentleman…  :)

and then…

The proof somehow comes back to you again with more edits, some contradicting the first edits and some are just silly like “move this up .05 inches” and “can this font be less bold but more bold than regular?”…  but it’s ok, you are a professional, nothing can get you down… You make as many of the changes as you understand how to make, and send it away again… You feel slightly confused now and aren’t sure if the client will like it because now you aren’t even sure if you like…  :|

and now…

you open the clients email with a knot in your stomach and when you see that pdf file with all the red notes all over it your hands start to shake a little bit and you remember reading in the email that he just had a couple more minor changes, which this obviously isn’t and you feel overwhelmed and heartbroken and you realize that this current monster of a design in front of you is nothing like your original vision and that indeed this client is nothing like his original portrayal and then you realize:

You’ve just been the recipient of  Mental Surprise Buttsecks, from the Sneaky Anal Client…

So be careful out there designers, some people like to schmooze everyone and like to feel like they’ve “Won” every social interaction… protect yourself by not being fooled by any false praise… I’m sure you’re awesome, but be careful who you let you that you are awesome, some people do not have the best intentions…


I LOVE BevMo, they are a truly great alcohol and accessories and cocktails snacks shop… they are truly truly great…

BUT:

Every time i see their logos it drives me crazy…

Lower Case "m"

Capital "M"

Why? Why isn’t the “m” in “more” capital?   This just drives me crazy…


What did you want to be when you grew up?  (no really, i’m curious – tell me and then tell me why you are or aren’t doing it?)

I always and as long as i can remember told the world i would be an artist… i was laughed at and told things like: “oh sweetie, artists don’t make any money” or “not everyone gets to be an artist, you have to be really really good

hmmmm… that last one is kind of a mean thing to tell a little aspiring artist now that i think about it… i knew my creations were good, yes i was born this cocky, so i guess i didn’t take it as a criticism at the time…

if you promise not to laugh i will show you a sketch from my childhood:

What i was doing instead of paying attention in class

you weren’t laughing right?  anyway… onto the point…

Recently I applied for several jobs in Detroit… My husband has been there since December 09 and well i miss the guy… I was lucky enough to get an interview and flew out there and everything sounded great until i realized that this was not a design position, it was more of a customer service position… right now i design 80% of my time at work and am involved with customer service the remaining 20%… This is the first design job i’ve had where the majority of my time is spent actually creating and designing…

This new job would have been a flip of my blue-print for happiness at work… You shouldn’t go around flipping blue-prints, it really confuses the contractors… I love my customers, but i think i love them so much because i am creating things for them… You may skoff at me but i pour my heart into my print projects… I do get satisfaction from creating brochures with the parameters of a corporate style guide… no really, i do!

So i weighed the pros and cons of moving from the promised land to detroit (where despite having the nickname “motor city” nobody seems to know how to drive well)…  and in the end it came down to art… what is an artist without the ability to create art?

she is a driver with no car

she is a farmer with no crop

she is a blacksmith with no iron

she is completely lost…

Since it took me some 20 years to find a job where i am taken seriously as an artist, why would i go wandering off into artless territory?

ok here’s more little drawings from childhood me:

pastels on printer paper - i was probably 13 when i drew this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pencil - i was probably 11 or 12 when i drew this

Colored Pencil in an actual sketch book so i was probably in jr. high

 

I might have been a little obsessed with Asia…


I don’t do these as often as i should… oh well…

This Month’s lucky winner (of my approval, sorry, no real prize)

McLean Electric!

 

Simple, to the point, and exciting…

I picked this logo for those reasons and also because they were smart and chose a logo that works well on print, on signage, on their trucks and on their uniforms…

It’s 2 color which works great for printing… We actually did their business cards using Thermography (the raised ink that was popular in the 90’s) I try to veer clients away from Thermography these days as it’s a little outdated, but it worked for their logo…

More info on McLean Electric:  http://www.mcleanelectricinc.com/

Their website needs some work… but they just moved so i’ll cut them some slack on that ;)