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05
Feb

Valentine’s Day cards for your techy someone

In a flash of inspiration, I made these Valentine’s Day cards.

Airdrop the love to the apple of your eye ;)

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>>Download a printable PDF<<

 

Thanks also to my clever friend, Matt. Team work makes dreams work.

28
Jan

Academic paper, vizualized

I’m in the middle of writing a paper on my thesis. I went through this exercise of visualizing to make sure I understood myself how all my arguments were connected:

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If my sleep were a statistic, it would be 0%

04
Nov

Process: Digital sketching

I’ve been teaching illustrator this past few weeks and even though I’m pretty sure my students are still scrambling on the learning curve with bitter thoughts, Illustrator is my favorite tool (like it is for most designers, I imagine). I have been working on sketches for a diagram and wanted to transfer them to illustrator to see how the bits and pieces of my idea look together. While I was working I was thinking about my woe-full students and decided that it might be interesting to record my screen to see how long it takes me and kind of reflect back on my own struggles through the process.

First, I should mention that I already had an idea of what I wanted to do for each of the illustrations:

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Then I just dove into illustrator. If I record stuff like this again in the future, I probably won’t use such a long session. Never fear, I’ve sped it up about 20x the normal speed. It even features me troubleshooting a circle that keeps aligning to the pixel grid.

Fun? Boring?

It was a lot of fun and pretty neat to look back on! This is the entire process. None of the design work is cut out. The only think I excluded was a part where someone called me to schedule something and I had to pull up my calendar.

Anyway, the final design verdict for me is that I probably won’t move forward with this diagram and will probably only keep some of the icons, but it was really fun to take a break from grad school readings and design some stuff!

09
Apr

AIGA PGH365 Opening Night volunteering

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I was very happy to volunteer at PGH365 this year covering the event with my friend Vinita.

Check out the recap on the AIGA website

It was a fantastic experience and I was so awed by the work. As someone new the Pittsburgh, it was great to connect the pieces I had admired around the city to the designers who made them. While I might be moving more into the interaction space, visual design will always be in my heart. For instance, of course I had to go to the Conflict Kitchen to eat the restaurant that won Best of Show for its design (by Brett Yasko).

I was reminded of the value and impact of design. All three of the judges I interviewed noticed that design work submitted was trying to make an impact on the community of Pittsburgh. It made me really appreciate my background in graphic design and the visual craft of a message.