My Design Process

When I start any project my first thing I do is to not go straight to the computer. Because it is so easy to get comfortable with relying on the computer thinking that you will be more creative there. Maybe you even feel as if you will be able to finish faster. But you cannot rush creativity or you may be able to do so. Let me get back to the the topic of my design process

The design brief/goals

What is the end goal of the project. Also what is the project for and what industry is it for. Also asking questions that will help me learn what the goals will be. Knowing what to do and avoid helps with the project at hand. If there are any questions that I do not ask at the moment I will always ask later on the in project.

Research

Doing research on the project of the industry is critical. I do whatever it takes to get vital information in regards to the industry I am designing for. Then I will find out what is going on at the moment and then find out what has happened in the industry previously.

Mind-Mapping

I choose a word from the industry and use words from that to continue finding something that is similar throughout each web. Doing this helps with finding a direction to go in with the design.

Sketching

Sketching concepts in every type of way helps me get out the ideas that are coming to me. Because this helps with moving towards a concept that is best suited and has the most strength visually.

Type and color Studies

I will choose various types of fonts and continually decide which ones work best together. Then chose a variety of colors that are best representative of the goals for the project. After choosing colors and fonts to use I will decide which font and color or colors are best.

Digital Roughs

I put together a digital version of the project seeing how it will look before completion. This process shows a vital part of the project completion and also can vary from project to project. Because not every project will require

Revising

After deciding on which rough to move I will begin revising. Making sure each aspect of the design is cohesive. Doing the best to not miss any detail of the design. This can range from kerning, spacing, height and etc.

Finalizing

Preparing files for completion and saving them in RGB 72 DPI PDF,JPEG and etc (Web) and CMYK 300DPI press quality PDF  (Print)

This is an overview of my design process that I use for projects. I use this as a vital part in completing my projects to the best of my ability that I can. If the project does not require certain steps in this process I will more or less use these steps.

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It is officially My Birthday and 26 things I’ve learned that actually matter

Birthday today and I am turning the big 26 and I know I have still quite a ways to go but I’ll definitely get there soon. Oh yeah don’t let me forget the 26 things I’ve learned that actually matter.

  1. Do not depend on anyone but yourself
  2. Self respect and self confidence can take you a long way
  3. Treat everyone like your friend no matter what
  4. Be willing to let the losers fade away
  5. Be willing to go the extra mile
  6. Do a little more each day and do it better
  7. Constantly push yourself to not be average
  8. Learning is a lifelong Journey
  9. Reading helps increase your thought process and vocabulary
  10. You need to have more then one skill
  11. Let things happen naturally
  12. Stop trying to control everything
  13. Make the odds in your favor
  14. Do not make excuses
  15. Nobody has to believe in your dreams but you
  16. Put your blood, sweat, tears, mind body and soul into whatever you do
  17. Passion only helps if you are willing to get up early or after work and grind
  18. Its ok to know a lot of people but whom you know says a lot
  19. Whats easy to do is also easy not to do
  20. Take care of yourself
  21. Use past experiences to help you in the present
  22. Having ton’s of clothes and shoes does not matter in the long run
  23. Give away what you don’t need
  24. There is plenty of money available
  25. You have to know what is going on everywhere
  26. Break the cycle in your family by doing something no one else is doing and keep going until it happens