I realized that it may seem like I disappeared for the past month…I did. I went through the process of moving from Chicago to Indianapolis for a job at in interactive design. After seeing my work you may be surprised that I didn’t say print, but you heard me right…full-time interactive design. It was very difficult to leave the community that I was getting to know in Chicago but I thought, what better way to learn something new than by doing something 100 percent at a place that is giving you a chance to learn?
The place is Vision3 Creative (V3 for short). It’s a small studio of 14 people
that has grown with four more since I arrived one month ago! V3 focuses on interactive media with a strong emphasis on touch-screen experiences.
They love the color orange (as indicated above by their logo) so I think it’s
a good fit. Oh, and the people and studio space are awesome as well.
I’m getting used to designing in pixels and haven’t yet adjusted to the idea of having nothing physically tangible upon the completion of a project. I think I’ll have to get busy with some of my own projects in my spare time!
I’m heading off to take part in the 3rd Annual Camp Firebelly! For the next 10 days I’ll be camping out in the studio of Firebelly Design to work on a project for a non-profit client with nine other designers…from start to finish. All the details are being kept top-secret until all the design campers arrive in the morning. I don’t even know what I’ll be doing or who the client is but I wish I had more details to share. I’ll probably be too busy designing, collaborating, making a difference, and having fun to post any updates here but I’ll try to update you if I can.
Check out http://campfirebelly.com during the next 10 days for Camp Firebelly blog updates, twitter updates, and even a link to view streaming video of us hard at work!
This week has been full of exciting news for the summer. First to note, I applied for an internship with The Post Family. After interviewing with them a week ago, I eagerly anticipated the news of whether or not I got in. Well, the “bad” news is that I didn’t get an internship. The great news is that I am their first ever artist-in-residence! I’m looking forward to helping out, meeting people, and making work.
Secondly, I just found out today that I’ll be joining nine other college students and recent graduates for the third annual Camp Firebelly! I’ll spend ten days camping out in the studio of Firebelly Design while working on a project for a non-profit client from initiation through completion. I can’t wait.
It’s going to be a summer full of working with extremely talented people and making great work. I’ll be keeping you updated along the way.
On the same topic as my last post about Design Week, I thought I’d share some photos of the AIGA Chicago 2009–2010 Snapshot publication in case you haven’t seen it. The book was beautifully designed by Simple Truth and, after seeing the book and checking out more of their work, I could definitely see myself working for them.
As the recipient of the 2010 Student Enrichment Scholarship, I was featured on one of the spreads in the book. The spread displays examples of my student work as well as a paragraph about my design and education background (more photos follow). More importantly, the book features all kinds of amazing work from the Chicago area. After slowly admiring all of the work featured in the Snapshot and proceeding to check out everyone’s websites, I could see myself collaborating with or working for nearly all of the featured designers and design studios. I’m very excited to currently be in Chicago (however, completely willing to move across the country for the right job). It’s a good time right now and I’m very much anticipating seeing where the next few months bring me.
Last week was AIGA Chicago‘s Design week. After being at Indiana University for the past 4.5 years, it was great to finally meet some people in the design community of Chicago.
Wednesday night I attended the studio walk on the North Side of Chicago where I got to check out the spaces and work of Sonnenzimmer, Winterbureau, Someoddpilot, Rohner Letterpress, Threadless, and 50,000feet. It is refreshing to see the variety of work that’s being produced in such a small area of Chicago. After talking to some of the members of these studios, I have to admit that I still want to do it all—from letterpress production work and screen printing to designing for both print and digital media. Good thing I’m still young and just getting started!
Thursday night was the Annual Members Meeting at Salvage One where I met some wonderful people and had a great time. During the presentation, I enjoyed hearing stories about when Morningstar worked with Paul Rand to get their logo designed, learning more about the work and life of Arnold Goodwin, and listening to Kevin Lyons speak about what inspires him. Also, I was recognized as the recipient of the 2010 Student Enrichment Scholarship (in the photo above you can see me nervously coming up with things to say while accepting the award).
Friday night, I headed to We Are Famliy (a show of emerging talent in Chicago) and met more great people, including a few members of The Post Family.
Overall, it was a fun-filled week of great people and inspiring work. A big thank you to everyone who made AIGA Chicago’s Design Week happen!
After multiple designs and revisions and tests, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally finished my website. A big thank you goes out to John Wayne Hill for helping me get it up and running. Let me know if you’re experiencing any problems and I’ll work to get them fixed.