I don’t usually make formal New Year’s Resolutions (our family writes down predictions for the coming year instead), but thought it might be fun to set some goals for myself about various projects I want to tackle this year. So now that January is underway, and I’ve had a bit of a chance to think it over, here’s a running list of my Art/Design Resolutions for 2009:
- Get More Creative With Photoshop for Client-work
With the type of clients that I have at work, I tend to work mainly in Illustrator and InDesign. If I do use Photoshop, it’s mainly just for photo-retouching. So this year, I want to branch out a bit more like I started to this past fall, and be a bit more well-rounded in my software usage.
- Delve Deeper into Web-design/Coding
I haven’t had much of a chance to do work for the web since starting my job 2 years ago. So I want to refresh my knowledge of html, etc. to bring me to…
- Finally Get the Portfolio Site Back Online
I’ve been toying around with this site’s redesign since last summer, but want to finally finish it. Since deciding to do it all in WordPress in November, I’ve just stopped working on it.
- Start Carrying a Sketchbook Again
I used to keep a little one in my purse and use it regularly, but stopped for some reason. I need to draw more and get my ideas down as soon as I get them. The Brushes app I included in last week’s Weekly Reader should be a fun way to sketch more too. Which brings me to…
- Complete at Least One Personal Project a Month
Now that I’ve got all the kinks worked out on how to use my Gocco machine, I want to keep it busy! Not to mention the embroidery project I began 2 years ago last March and Still haven’t finished… I know I get busy with work, but I need to make the time for fun projects.
- Expand My Art/Design Reference Library
Something that I started last year was using any money I get in a bonus, etc. from work to expand my art/design reference book library. (although most of my extra income went to my new computer this past year…) I started this year off right by cashing in my “kool-aid points” from JupiterImages to get Print Liberation. I’ll be sure to write a review once it gets in.