Finding something you love, even if it is later in life, is a complete joy. I recently started a graphic design program, and although I’ve been out of school for way too many years, I’ve found that the discipline of learning never entirely leaves you. That said, everything is new now with all the electronic tools at one’s disposal. So, for me, every day is experimental. Today was no different; we are playing with Photoshop and had a requirement to turn a photo into a painting. Although not perfect (what art ever is?), this didn’t turn out too bad.
Yes, it’s that time of year, the days are getting shorter, the air is a bit crisper and cooler, the leaves are starting to turn and children of all ages are headed back to the classroom. And adults. And me. After working for the last, oh so many years, in technology, I decided to use some educational benefits that would have gone to waste, and headed back to school. What am I studying, you ask? Graphic design! This first eight-week period is vector illustration and art history from the Paleolithic to the medieval period. The Chicago Manual of Style and I are getting to be good friends. Check out one of my exercises for the vector illustration class and let me know what you think.
I just watched a great video of graphic designer, James Victore, at a 99% Conference. You can find it on YouTube here: “James Victore: Your Work Is a Gift” . If you don’t know James’ work, he’s an edgy graphic designer making people think. He highlights his work for the Department of Probation for New York City and it’s really REAL. As he tells it, he wanted to make, with his design work, an impression of a stern, but cool, father. The work is really amazing and catchy. However, I think the most important thing he says is that your work is a gift. How many of us really feel that way, I wonder? Do you consider your work a gift?