The "Aha!" Moment

I was in an interview the other day and the interviewer asked me what kind of work do I want to be doing when I graduate. This question didn't surprise me, but my answer did. For the past couple of years, I've been saying that I'd love to get into publication design, or maybe branding. But when I was asked to give an answer to someone I had just met, what came out was honesty.

"I want to be somewhere where I can sit and think, where I can be curious," I replied. 

That's what truly excites me about design. Yes, I love typography and could adjust right rags for hours on end. Yes, I like making things after thinking about them for a good long while. But it is the thinking and arriving at that "Aha!" moment that is what makes it all worth it. Certainly, the moments leading up to that moment where you're down in the mud wrestling with the idea are not necessarily a walk in the park but, like I said, it's worth it.

And if you've stopped being curious, if you've stopped asking questions, you're letting your brain die. Someone famous said that, I think. Lillian Smith. An author, she said, "When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die." 

I think I prefer the quote attributed to Arthur C. Clarke which reads, "I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about."

I'll leave you with that.

Race to the Finish

I think I was looking through a pair of rose-colored glasses when I thought I could keep up with blogging during the home stretch of my time at KCAD. Needless to say, it's been a busy month since my last post!

Projects are going well.  It's time to wrap up one more project, document with the help of my wonderful husband, and finalize layouts before making the printing plunge. My handmade portfolio cover turned out wonderful—it's exactly what I wanted and I didn't have to pay $350 for it. Sure it was stressful, but it is totally worth it in the end. 

I'm hoping to get some new projects up on the site soon, so look for some changes in the next week or so! 

Beautiful music and a worthy cause

In case you haven't already made plans for this Thursday (1/25/16), you should know that there is going to be an amazing concert at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids, MI. Mystical Voices, a choir to which I belong, will be performing Paul Mealor's Stabat Mater, and my dear friend Madelaine Lane will be singing Górecki's Symphony No. 3. While the concert is free, donations will be taken to support the starting of the Cathedral Music School.

Concert starts at 7pm. You should be there.

Unless you're going to be at the ADDYs or AIGA WM's Studio Crit Night. Then I guess I'm ok that you won't be there.

Want more info? Check out this article on MLive.

Note: I did not design the poster.

Welcome to the new site!

Here I am at the beginnings of my last semester at KCAD and working on my portfolio. This entire site will be under construction slowly but surely over the next couple of months. I'm going to try to work on doing more to write about my process with projects and also to show some in-progress of what I'm working on.

I'll also be showcasing some of the vocal work I'll be doing over the coming weeks. It's going to be an exciting time!

Emily and Me on our last first day of classes!

Emily and Me on our last first day of classes!