Cheesy, yes? Just sent it out to my brute-squad. Sorry for the lack in posting: I’m currently moving to a new place, so my internet connection is rather shoddy. I promise to be back into the swing of things next week…hopefully!
Updates to LorraineDesign.com
Wow: a lot has happened in the past month. After finding out I was accepted to a special opportunity (more on that in a later post), I spent almost all of May preparing for a big move to Chicago. I have now been here for almost a week and can finally consider myself settled in for the summer. So aside from my Social Networking Duties for AIGAKC, I took a break from blogging, etc. When Linden tagged me on her 8 Things Post, I thought it would be a great way to get back into the swing of writing and let you know what’s ahead for the summer. You can expect to see a lot more from me again…both here and on S&D.
Without further ado, my 8 Things:
8 Things I Am Looking Forward To:
- Exploring Chicago. While here, I fully expect to take advantage of being in a big city, and plan on blogging my finds. First stop is Lincoln Square later today.
- German Culture. Chicago has a lot more German restaurants, places to get ethnic foods, and German sections in a lot of the bookstores. I’ve already found myself some German honey and nutella: yum!
- Personal Projects. While here, I’m hoping to have more time to devote to several personal projects, including…
- Site Redesign. It’s long over-due, but I finally have the resources to put it in action.
- AIGAKC Leadership Retreat. I’ll have to attend from afar, but I can’t wait to hear what everybody learned out at Portland’s Leadership Retreat several weeks ago. I’ll be sure to share any thoughts both here and over on AIGAKC’s Discussions.
- June 22. More on this in the next post 😉
- July 15. The next Harry Potter movie comes out…what can I say? I’m a nerd.
- Mid-July. The family is taking a vacation to California: you get to come along with me and my camera. I’m especially looking forward to the redwood trees.
8 Things I Did Yesterday:
- Continued letting friends/colleagues know I was in Chicago. (Are You, dear reader, here? Let me know!)
- Contacted people about freelance opportunities.
- Updated my Creative Hotlist and AIGA profiles to say I was in Chicago.
- Ate a delicious PB&H sandwich with deutsche Honig: yum! (not sure why German honey tastes so much better than our’s…)
- Took a brief look at Lincoln Square: made note to come back.
- Added to and checked things off of my Monstrous-Summer-To-Do List.
- Took the Brown Line downtown.
- Went to Bluesfest with my cousin and friends.
8 Things I’d Like To Do (just a handful from the MSTD List):
- Finish putting together all of my photo albums
- Redesign this website
- Finish sketches/designs for gocco projects
- Finish designs for embroidery ideas
- Take my sketchbook to Millennium Park for a day
- Read Watership Down
- Upload new work to Flickr and blog about it.
- Locate the German sausage shop my friend mentioned and have a cook-out
8 Shows (and Podcasts) I Watch/Listen To:
- Pushing Daisies (so mad they cancelled this show…but at least they are airing the last of the last 3 episodes tonight)
- Samantha Who (again: why did they cancel it??)
- Dancing With the Stars
- Gestalten.tv (video podcast with interviews and documentaries with current artists/designers)
- Paul Rand Lecture Series (video podcast hosted by Steven Heller on graphic design art history)
- Design Matters (podcast hosted by Debbie Millman featuring interviews with designers)
- Animation Podcast (podcast featuring interviews with legendary animators)
8 Blogs to Read:
(ok, I switched this from tagging since I just really wanted to make recommendations)
- Linden’s Pensieve (everything from marathon training to German living to techie insight)
- Sarah Jo Austin (techie insight, crafts, and the other half of the brains behind The True Beginner’s Guide to Twitter)
- Carina’s Craftblog (crafts and diy culture)
- Celestina Carmen (crafts, book rec’s, diy culture)
- The Design Cubicle (articles on freelancing/client issues, great inspiration and links)
- Raw Toast Design (blog of fellow Missouri State grad, Jesse Kuhn, featuring his illustrations)
- Design Work Life (new favorite design inspiration blog)
- Anything Goes (great inspiration/new work from art director, Kat Black)
Yesterday, Lindsay Laricks announced that her Fresher Than Fresh Snowcones is featured in the current issue of Food Network Magazine, and I am pleased to announce that my photograph of Lindsay and her FTF stand is accompanying the article. I was thrilled when Food Network Mag approached me for the use of the photo (see below) back in February, and have been dying to share the news ever since. (You might remember the photo from AIGAKC’s Homegrown with Hammerpress/Design Ranch flickr set.) I haven’t seen the article yet myself, but can’t wait to do so. Congrats to Lindsay on the publicity! You can friend/follow FTF on twitter and Facebook to find out where she’ll be this summer with her all-natural snowcones.
I actually haven’t seen a lot in my feed-reader that I’ve been wanting to share lately. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to announce that I am now tweeting: you can follow me @LorraR. In honor of the occasion, I thought I’d share a few twitter-related links that I’ve been enjoying over the past month.
Who To Follow
- @aigakc â€” I’m a little biased, as this is the other account I tweet under. You may recall my announcement last month that our local AIGA chapter has a twitter account. As Social Networking Chair, I keep our twitter feed abuzz with industry news, local events, and AIGA information.
- @tweeples_guide â€” Sarah Jo Austin gives tips, hints, and links to help you become a better twitterer. I’m really excited for her and Linden (@xgravity23) to release their top-secret-twitter-related project. More details on that when it happens. 😉
- @KrisColvin â€” I’ve really enjoyed reading Kris’ tweets on everything from Design/Web-design to American Idol. She’s also been a great help in getting my background up (along with @DustinTigner: thanks guys! Now to finally update @aigakc’s background…)
- @ilovetypography â€” If you love Johno’s blog, then you’ll love his twitter updates.
Tools to Use
- HootSuite â€” This little app does it all! Schedule tweets, manage multiple accounts, track click-throughs on links you post, search/retweet/reply/etc. Hootsuite seriously keeps @aigakc running, or I probably would have given up on twitter a month ago.
- Twitterfon â€” This iPhone app keeps me tweeting on the go since I’ve put it on m iPod. I love that it highlight unread messages: there’s no way I’d scroll through them on-line. I think I’ve outgrown it though because I need to be able to handle multiple accounts: ready to try Tweetie.
Twitter Articles to Read
- TwiTip â€” Linden sent me here when I first started twittering, and it’s got a wealth of information: from how to use hash tags to etiquette to tweeting on behalf of a company.
- 3 Must-Have Tools for Multiple-Account Management â€” Sarah has a great article about the web apps she uses to manage her multiple accounts.
- Twitter and the Law of Reciprocity â€” On her new blog, Twitterface, Kris breaks down the twitter popularity contest and explains how the Golden Rule applies to social media marketing.
Whew! On Sunday, after a marathon 2 days, I finished photographing all of my missing work and uploading it to my Flickr page and AIGA profile. Of course, as I was uploading, I noticed that there are a few pieces I want to go back and reshoot. But for the most part it’s done, and I can move on to putting the physical portfolio together. One of the projects I’ve finally photographed from my last job that I’m quite proud of is this one:
This was a clinical trial toolkit that I developed for our client, Genzyme. What makes me especially proud of this toolkit is that I was totally responsible for the art direction and execution rather than working under an art director. Basically, the toolkit is used by study sites to help them recruit participants for the clinical trial. The poster and patient brochure (far right in the top photo) were distributed where patients could see them, while the brochure on the far left, eligibility card and appointment reminder card were for physician use. A coordinating toolkit was also developed for a sister study (bottom photo).
Both toolkits were developed with the studies’ target participants in mind: mainly women in their mid-40’s to 50’s. Muted color schemes based off of the studies’ logos were used with a soft pattern, allowing the poster and brochure to stand out among the more clinical-looking competition. I was really excited to hear from the client that study enrollment for these 2 studies had reached record highs. Both toolkits were also translated and adapted for use in several different countries around the world.
Whew! I just finished uploading some samples of my interactive work to the Flickr page including the above Desktop Wallpaper for the (TxT) Campaign. Once that was finished, I spent I don’t know how long trying to make Pictobrowser work on the Portfolio page here. After much frustration, I gave up and used FlickrSlider: it’s not as pretty, but at least it’s working. Check it out (and let me know if you notice any trouble getting it to load).
More work should be cropping up over the next few days, and I’m finally making headway on a redesign of the site: get excited! I am!
Just a quick post to say that I’m still here. I’ve been having off-and-on internet connection trouble at home: hence, the lack of a Weekly Reader last week. That, and I’m still working out a routine for myself to balance blog-posting (both here and at S&D) with all of the tweeting/fb-ing/linked-in-ing/flickr-ing for AIGAKC. I think I’ve gotten all of the kinks about worked out, so I should be back to somewhat of a schedule. (I hope…) Thanks for bearing with me!
Well, no Weekly Reader this week, but it was for a good cause. After assuming the role of Social Networking Chair a couple weeks ago, I’ve been hard at work this week getting a Twitter account up and running for our local chapter of AIGA. I’m proud to announce that if you are living/working in the Kansas City area, or just interested in design, you can now follow us @aigakc!
Of course, this couldn’t have been possible without a ton of support from my good friend, Linden. From letting me bombard her with emails, to a TransAtlantic gChat tutorial, she set me on the right track. Thank you so much! A shout-out also goes to our chapter’s web committee, especially Julie, for getting the Social Networking Chair logistics out of the way.
This past weekend was great: I finished a couple projects I’ll probably post about in the near future. Although I didn’t have as much time as I’d hoped to work on the blog (additions/new features are still being added), I did get the rest of the photos from the A5 event loaded onto the AIGA Kansas City Facebook page.
Tonight, I just finished adding them to our Flickr page as well. I still need to finish tagging them, but thought I’d post the slideshow here as there are a couple more photos on the Flickr page than in the FB album. These photos were all taken by our photographer for the event, Matthew Collins, and include the evening’s winners accepting their awards. Enjoy!
You might notice a few little tweaks here and there: I’m updating some plug-ins and am adding more links to the blogroll. For instance, today I added the Related Posts feature to the bottom of each post. More importantly, I’m really excited to have added Typogrify.
Ever since I started blogging, I’ve been more than annoyed with the inability to fix widows and orphans in each post. Then I read this article over on iLT and have been dying to try Typogrify ever since. Now that I’ve upgraded to 2.7, I’m finally installing it. So far so goodâ€”even though it hasn’t been officially tested with the current version of WP. Let me know if you see any glitches that I can’t catch though…