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Don’t give up…

A very important lesson I learnt at university last semester was don’t give up, be persistent and push through. We were taught that creative is important but often the persistent, but sometimes less creative designers, are the ones that pull through and make a career out of graphic design. We were told many times that you may be creative but if you don’t have the drive to get over the bumps in the road you won’t make it. One of the most important things a designer needs is perseverance. A design may be gorgeous but a client doesn’t like it, we can’t just give up and quit, we need to take a deep breath and look at it from a different angle and definitely don’t give up; try harder and work at it. This is something that really helped me feel comfortable in my course; I have doubted many times whether I will make it as a designer because sometimes I struggle very much to come up with great concepts. But to hear that designers will have this made me feel like I could do it, I just needed to take a deep breath, move past the block in my mind and try new things, and most of all try to think outside the box. There are techniques for getting out of ruts, this website being a great tool to boost creativity.

This doesn’t only have to relate to design, in anything we do we need to persevere and work our hardest. God commands that we use our talents and allow them to grow,  just look at the parable of the the Talents in Matthew 25:14 – 30. We also need to work to honour God, not trying hard for our glory or personal gain, for our purpose here on earth is to serve God and do everything for His glory. We also need to remember that we can do nothing without God as Philippians shows us in chapter 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” 

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On another note I am working on some designs at the moment so hopefully I can show you at least a sneak peek soon!

Okay, so I said Monday I would post but guess what, we lost power for 23 hours so it didn’t happen. I also worked yesterday so I was busy busy busy. But hey, I am here now so thats all that matters, right? So here is the gift I made for my Friend for her Birthday. She is addicted to lollipops so when I saw this on Pinterest I knew I had to make it! Here is how it turned out.

Colour

Oops, sorry for the lack of posting, it has been quite busy around here. I hope to have something to show you on monday, but you’ll have to wait as it is a gift for someone and I can’t give away what it is!

So today I will talk about what I learnt about colour while I was studying last semester. Now, I didn’t take a full class on colour and we weren’t taught a lot about it but as I was doing my assignments I really started to understand the importance of colour choice.

So, every colour gives across a particular meaning, feel or emotion. There are things that we all may straight away pick up like green refers to nature or growth, black symbolises death, red shows passion and pink shows sensitivity and love. There are also other, more hidden meanings and symbols these colours portray, these giving a meaning to a design that we may not pick out consciously or may not show something explicitly but still helps to give across the meaning for the design. By realising this we need to take this into consideration when designing. We shouldn’t just choose a colour because it is pretty, yes it needs to look good but it also needs to fulfill the purpose of the design and therefore work to persuade. There are a lot of great websites out on this great world wide web that can help us understand this, one which I will list below, and it may also be beneficial to take a unit or course just on the use of colour, I think it will be very beneficial and something I am hoping to do in the next 2 and a half years.

Colour is very powerful in design, it can make or break the design, so use it carefully and wisely.

here is one of the great websites I used while doing my assignments: http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html 

Design

Dearest and lovely readers, first of all I would love to tell you how much you have made me smile over the last few weeks and I want to thank you all for your support. My blog has finally started to get views and I am very excited about this. So please if you are looking at my blog and you are enjoying it please stick around, even through those droughts, and I will work to keep up my posting, whether it be pictures or ramblings. So again thank you so much for your support, it means a lot to me!

Second, I have just finished my first semester of Graphic Design at university, I just have one more assignment to hand in next week, but no more classes for 7 weeks. So, while I am off uni I hope to start going through some of the points that I thought were very important that I learnt the past 12 weeks studying design and by doing so refresh my memory, keep me motivated and keep you inspired! So this week I will talk about what design is.

Design, is not art, we, as designers, are not creating things for personal fulfilment or personal pleasure. We are Problem Solving. We NEED to remember this in order to make affective and persuasive pieces of work. As designers we will be designing for clients who need to push a certain image or get a particular point across and we won’t cut it as designers if we just go with what we think looks good or stick with a style that we like. We need to expand out knowledge, do research and do what is best for the client. We need to have a reason for every little detail that we place on our designs, every colour we use needs to lend a hand to the meaning of the design, every article of clothing the model is wearing needs to push a certain point. It won’t work to design an advertisement  if you use a pretty, calligraphic font on a sport ad just because you think it looks good. We need to know our audience, we need to know what we are pushing for and we need to work with this information, utilise it and not just put it in the back of our heads while designing the piece for our client. We need to remember every time we pick up that pencil, imagine something in our minds or click that mouse that we need to design for a purpose, not ours but our clients. we need to remember that even though our designs may be beautiful we are not trying to be artists but designers. We can still be artists and design for our personal pleasure, but that artist hat need to come off when you work for a client and that problem solving, designer hat should get put in its place.

Thanks for listening (or should I say reading) this ramble, some may not agree with it, but this is my view on the situation so please feel free to comment but keep it clean and kind.

Fremantle, WA…