A year ago at this time, I blogged about starting my own company. As I pursued this dream, I not only gained valuable insight into running my own business, but I also gained a newfound sense of self. It is incredibly empowering to set high goals for yourself and to systematically achieve them… And I found myself changed by the experience.
Updates to LorraineDesign.com
If you follow me on twitter, chances are you saw my announcement mid-March that I would be leaving Thermos to pursue my own business. It was a difficult decision: made after a lot of thought and planning. But I knew this was the right choice to make when the pieces started falling into place. So after working on my own for the past month, here are four observations on flying solo.
Thanks to Chris, the comment counts are back up and running! Which means I can continue uploading projects and tweaking the design a bit. We also noticed that some of the photos still aren’t loading on the blog page. Plus, I can’t seem to find the background color on the Post Comment button. If you notice anything else that seems broken or know of a fix for either of these, please let me know!
In the meantime, head over the portfolio page and check out the new projects I added over the holiday weekend.
The subnavigation issues have Finally been fixed! So I can now move forward with updating the portfolio section and tweaking the design. Comment counts are still a problem, so I will continue to work on finding a solution to that issue. If anyone knows of a fix, please let me know!
If you haven’t noticed yet, the site is live once again! Stay tuned as I add the projects back in to the Portfolio page. Also, please bear with me while I troubleshoot some of the issues I have currently having…namely the lack of sub-navigation and absence of accurate comment counts. I’m not quite sure what the issues are there, but hope to have those working in due time. Please let me know if you see anything odd. Finally, the design will continue to evolve once I am able to get back to tweaking things.
I can’t believe it has already been a year since I finished participating in Firebelly Design’s 2nd Annual Camp Firebelly. Last night was the End of Camp party for this year’s charrette, and I am amazed at how much my life has changed in the last 12 months. I’ll be back later this week with a proper event recap, but thought I’d make this week’s Weekly Reader a special Camp Firebelly-themed edition in honor of the occasion…and the really awesome news I learned last night.
Last night, I learned the news that Starbucks is featuring our pro bono client, Radio Arte, in a special video right on their home page. I knew that the signage and space we designed for them would be featured in shots of the studio, but I had no idea that the teaser image for the video would be a close-up on MY contribution to the environmental design group’s outdoor signage! What a surprise! Anyways, congrats to Radio Arte on the feature, and a huge thanks once again to the rest of the group for including my sketch!
2010 Camp Firebelly Blog
Miss all of this year’s Camp action? Catch up on the past 10 days by reading up on their blog!
I Love Rosa Loves
Last night, t-shirts designed by campers were raffled off hot off of the press, and Mike Fretto of Rosa Loves was on hand to print them. Sweet T-shirts + using your powers for good: what more is there to love?
This year is sure flying by fast: it seems like I just made these resolutions, and here it is May already! With a third of the year behind us, I thought I would share how I’m keeping up with them this year.
- Be More Disciplined in How I Use My Free-Time
This one is rather hard to measure, but I’d like to think that I have cut back on week-night procrastination. Good thing, too, because with a longer commute due to summer traffic, I have even less time in the evenings than before.
- Launch the Portfolio Site
With some help from Jason, I’m stepping it up a notch from Version 2 (which is really Version 4). So it’s still in the design stage, and I hope to start work on development soon.
- Post More Frequently
With the return of Wednesday’s Weekly Reader, things are getting back on track. I’ve got some great ideas coming up, plus some interviews on the way.
- Personal Project of the Week
You’ll see in the next Resolution why, but this has been derailed since all of my supplies/materials were in boxes for the past 2+ months and my computer was sitting on a tv tray. This week marks the return as I venture into the world of html emails and test out Mail Chimp.
- Find Studio Space
The biggest news of the past couple of months is that I moved in a nice new (big) apartment complete with studio space. I’m working on the finishing touches to the studio this weekend as I continue to unpack. Even better? I’ve got a nice, big flat file on the way from my boss, who is getting rid of one. As the announcement said, “New Place + New Studio = New Work.” For the first time since college, I’ll actually have room to work on projects such as screen-printing, illustrations, etc.
- Be More Inventive With Typography
I’m starting to play around with this more at work and also in personal projects. Case in point: the moving announcement. I also want to carry this over into my embroidery work.
As for my two personal resolutions…
- Take Classes
I was discouraged that my work schedule wasn’t really allowing me to sign up for anything in the evenings until I rediscovered iTunes U. I’ve been listening to podcasts and lectures on the drive home, and highly recommend you check into it if you have a long travel time ahead of you. I have enough recommendations that I think I’ll save them for next week’s Weekly Reader.
- Read Two Books a Month
I have utterly failed this. Shortly after I finished the first set from my reading list back in February or March, I started packing up my books to prep for the move…and they’ve been in boxes ever since. I might get a library card, though, and start listening to books on tape in-between lecture series during the commute.
So there you have it: a decent start to the year and more to kick off soon. Now if only I could just be done unpacking…
Well, the move is now complete: I’m in the new space and finally have the internet connected once again. Although the studio is currently home to a plethora of boxes, I’m excited to finally get back into the swing of designing and blogging after the past couple of weeks…all while enjoying the extra room that my new place offers. So I’m looking forward to setting up the studio, getting down to business on the new website design, and of course, decorating the new place.
In fact, if you have any tips on sweet decorating ideas, send them my way. I’m looking for fun items to compliment my poster collection: particularly knick knacks, wall clocks, couch pillows, rugs, etc.