In the Eye of the Beholder: How College Students View Graphic Design

It has been a while since I’ve written anything on this blog, and for good reason. Instead of writing here, I’ve been writing my senior thesis—and it’s finally done. If you don’t want to read a 22 page paper, feel free to view my more concise Prezi presentation.

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Selling and buying my own designs

Instead of studying for my only—yet easy—final, I have finally gotten around to putting more of my designs out for people to see and buy. Some I’ve had for a while and just hadn’t done anything except let it sit on my computer, and one was a class project from this past semester.

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Today I even took the time to make another design which I’ve been meaning to for a while. This quote is from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and it’s been sitting in my “projects to do” folder for ages. 

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But I joined Society6 last night after discovering how many great products there are besides prints and shirts. There are pillows, bags, and mugs along with the usual device cases. I uploaded my Type & Stripes design set that is also on Spoonflower for wrapping paper, mainly so that it could be turned into a mug. 

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I still have the Hectic Glow poster on there, of course, and I think it looks great as a pillow. I just hope one day I have the expendable money to buy some of these things myself. I mean, how great would it be to drink tea out of my own typography mug every day? Buying and using my own wrapping paper was great, and I can’t wait to do more of that as a graphic designer in the future.

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If you’re interested in any of these designs, please check out my Society6 and Redbubble page. Both accounts have different products, even if some designs are the same, so pick whichever is best for you! And if you’re interested in my Type & Stripes wrapping paper, have a look at Spoonflower.

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NaBloPoMo 28.2: Thanksgiving with family

Today was a sleepy yet fantastic day with family. It was laid back, relaxing, and—of course—full of food. It’s great to not have to worry about homework, even though I will have to do that again soon. I can only hope many others have had a great Thanksgiving as well. And if you’re not in the United States and therefore do not celebrate Thanksgiving, or celebrate another holiday, I hope that it is just as relaxing and enjoyable.

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By the way, if you’re shopping, why not take a look at my fabric/wrapping paper from Spoonflower and posters, shirts, stickers and phone cases on Redbubble. On Redbubble use coupon code FRIDAY15 for 15% off!

NaBloPoMo 13.2: Portfolio

Today was a design-all-the-things day. Therefore, I decided that today was the perfect day to finish updating my portfolio as I need to finish doing so by next week anyway.

And so it is updated. Here is a rundown of everything that’s been added:

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Type & Stripes Wrapping Paper. I’m so pleased how this turned out. As I meant to mention in a past blog post, I had a lot of fun doing a photo shoot for this package design, and since I was the only one besides the professor who brought my DSLR to class (it wasn’t required, of course), I was able to help out and almost be a professional photographer for about fifteen people. This in itself was a great experience.

Disc Golf course map. I only worked on the map portion of this, but I was part of a larger design team that worked on the entire project which took place over a few weeks and overall the entire package looks great.

Maggie’s Crochet snowflake samples. This was actually done during the summer but it’s almost timely since we’re halfway through November, and I’m still really pleased with how these turned out.

The next big project I’ll be working on is another map, and though I first though I would dislike making maps, I actually found it to be fun—more fun than I would have found the other projects I could have done for the design team. This next map—which is going to be part of another large project with the same design team—will be even more extensive as it covers a larger area and includes a lot more details, but I’m excited to get started.

If you found these new designs of mine to be interesting, please take a look at my full portfolio.

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NaBloPoMo 5.2: Type and photo shoots

Today was a fun day in my graphic design class—we had a photo shoot. Throughout this semester we have been working on making patterns to create wrapping paper. Since I have such a love for typography, I decided to create a pattern of letters overlapping.

I will definitely go more in-depth about this later, but since this is a Tuesday and I am at work and only had a break for class, I haven’t had a chance for editing anything and therefore I only have some of the raw photos with wrinkled backdrops.

The great thing about this wrapping paper is anyone can buy it. I haven’t fixed the store yet to make it all pretty, but if you’re interested in buying it, go ahead and let me know if you did!

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Edit: Here’s what the final product looks like.

Logo commissions: logos don’t have to be expensive

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Do you have an Etsy shop or a business that needs a logo, but you’re a bit tight on cash? Designers are usually expensive, right?

Wrong!

Being a college student myself, I of course understand that it’s hard getting around without money. And when you’re crafty with Etsy, you want potential customers to get interested, right? Right! But what a customer wants to see is an appealing store with appealing graphics, and their inner voice will tell them: this shop owner knows what he/she is doing.

So here’s my offer: you need a logo, banner, whatever: I’ll make it for you.

Tiers:

1. One-color (black) logo ($8-$10, depending on complexity)

2. Color logo ($11-$15, depending on complexity)

3. Logo with matching banner ($20-$30, depending on color and complexity)

These prices are not set in stone, and are decided on a case-by-case basis. More complex and time-consuming requests will be priced higher. If you are dissatisfied with initial designs, additional consultations will cost more, beginning with $5 per consultation. (You will only pay, via Paypal, when you are completely satisfied!)

Send me an email at kt.hambor@gmail.com (if you could, put “commission” in the subject) and include what tier you would like to use, what the the logo is for, any information about your company, what the size should be, and any additional information you think would be useful. The more specific you are in the first place, the more likely you will get what you want in the first place, so less consultations will be needed (which makes for a happier you and less confused me!).

Please don’t hesitate to check out my portfolio at http://mezzotessituraportfolio.wordpress.com and/or ask me any questions you may have. Additionally, I reserve the right to include any designs in my portfolio, as long as I include a link to your online store or in some way credit the client.

Thank you!

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Attempting International Typographic Style

This semester, one of the classes I was enrolled in was History and Principles of Graphic Design, which I generally shortened to Design History because that’s such a long title. We began with 20,000 BCE and learned up to almost the present day.

One of the more recent topics was the International Typographic Style, also known as Swiss Style. This came out of Switzerland in the 1950s and generally uses grids, sans-serif typefaces (most notably, Helvetica), and flush-left ragged-right text. I am all for Helvetica all the time, and I love typography of course, so I think it may be safe to say that this was my favorite topic from the whole semester.

Created by Gottschalk+Ash, this catalogue incorporates French and English. Click the photo for the original source.

Click the photo for the original source.

Throughout the semester, we were able to make a design based on any topic we covered, whether it be a parody or just something in that style. Of course I took the opportunity to focus on the International Typographic Style.

Instead of starting completely from scratch, I decided to recreate a particular specimen, which was created in 1972 in Canada as a catalogue cover. It was meant to incorporate two languages—French and English—into one cover.

I loved the idea of the change in stroke thickness, so I decided to try it with my university’s name, in Helvetica Neue, of which I have five different weights. I also gave myself a bit more creative freedom, and included the university’s founding date, 1865.

Rider University, founded in 1865: now in Helvetica.

Rider University, founded in 1865: now in Helvetica.

What do you think? Please let me know! If you have any other project ideas for me to try, I’m all for suggestions!

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