Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lowell - 10/26/10 logo contest

Lowell: an audio-visual company that specializes in sound equipment and speakers.

The client requested a simple, clean "L" shaped logo.

Benson Marketing - 10/25/10 logo contest

Benson Marketing Group: leading marketing group for wine & spirits in the US.

The buyer requested a logo that avoids typical wine imagery and portrays the idea of globalism. I came up with a wine grape globe. The lines still need refining, but this is the basic concept so far:

Monday, December 28, 2009

Revisiting my New Year's resolutions

Now that 2009 is coming to an end, I've decided to revisit the resolutions I made at the beginning of this year. My first time ever making resolutions, and I did okay... but definitely could have done better! Looking forward to improving on my resolution follow-through in 2010!

In order of importance to me (for the most part):

1. Hang tight to my Quit.
Over 3 months so far of no smoking after 11 years of smoking and 8+ years struggling to find the motivation & courage to quit. My Quit means the world to me and I am hanging on for dear life! :)
Okay, so life happened and I totally bombed on this resolution after 5 months. :( This will still be at the top of my list for 2010 and I vow to make it happen this time... no matter what it takes!!

2. Learn to have more patience and not hold grudges.
Growing up with a wonderful family and a best friend of 20+ years, I had just assumed the entire world was filled with people like them - honest, dependable, loyal, loving, giving, etc. Call me naive. :) I don't want to lower my expectations of what I want in friendships, but I do realize I have to cut people some slack -- no one's perfect. And just because someone makes a mistake, doesn't mean I should hold a grudge forever! I will improve on this....
I thought this would be my most difficult resolution to keep since it involves changing something that has been so ingrained in me since childhood, but I surprisingly did it! I was tested several times with friends and I forgave and moved on. It felt damn good! :) And the more I tried to be understanding of people, the easier it became.

3. Free myself from the cubicle!
I have been looking forward to the day when I can escape the office environment and work from home, supporting myself solely through freelance design work (and a few pet-sitting jobs on the side of course!) That day seems to be getting closer and my goal for 2009 is to make my dream a reality. First, just need to pay off remaining debt and work my butt off networking and finding more clients!
By February 1st, this goal will become a reality. I believe things happen for a reason, and although I'm losing my job at Bayer due to a "restructuring" of our department, I am coming out of it with great contacts & amazing opportunities for freelance work. February 1st will mark day 1 of freedom from the cubicle, and my new future as a freelancer!

4. Take my nonprofit to the next level.
I have to admit, I've been completely slacking when it comes to my responsibilities for my nonprofit (Saving Shelter Pets, Inc). I just don't seem to have the energy now that I'm working so many hours. So after I escape my cubicle this year, I vow to dive right back in 1 million percent and make SSP the nonprofit that I know it can be! :) (with the help of all our wonderful BOD members & volunteers of course!)
I am very sad this didn't happen this year, but due to my day job, my rescue unfortunately took a backseat in priority. Thankfully my fellow BOD members really stepped up to pick up my responsibilities in the meantime. I feel confident that 2010 is the year for us. I will be working from home and have much more time to commit, and I'm very excited to see what the future holds!

5. Create a website for my freelance work.
I currently have a basic webpage built through GooglePages.... it's actually pretty embarrassing as a graphic designer, but it has done its job for the time being. I have done many sketches on how I want my portfolio site to look, but it's just a matter of finding the time to do it (especially since I'm website-challenged. lol) But 2009 is the year I commit to this project!
Well, I started this but never quite finished. Have a website & template set up... just need to get my portfolio up!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PACKS Rescue - logo contest 2/26

PACKS Rescue - A nonprofit, social enterprise called PACKS Rescue (People & Animals Collaborating Kindness, Sacramento) PACKS is a unique startup helping people and animals in a low income neighborhood in Sacramento, California.

The buyer requested a logo featuring silhouettes, showing the interaction between dogs, cats, and people. Below is my first draft. If it is chosen, I will need to refine the silhouettes.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Media School logo contest - 2/19/09

New Media School - A new online education resource for niche education topics (specific to the digital world).

I created a simple text-based logo, using a graphic that resembles a digital readout on video and audio equipment. The logo can also be used horizontally, by just using the initials.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I've been interviewed!

As everyone probably knows, I spend most of my free time on crowdSPRING.com entering as many logo contests as possible. I make a few extra bucks here and there, but the best part is how much my design skills have improved after almost a year of competing in these contests.

Recently I was chosen by the folks at crowdSPRING to be interviewed on their blog. I am incredibly flattered by their request, and thankful for the opportunity to get my story out there. :)

CLICK HERE to read the interview!

...and, as a little added bonus, there's a 2-sentence blurb about me in the Chicago Reader! :) ....read it HERE

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Syracuse Stage - round 2 - 2/1/09

Syracuse Stage - a not-for-profit theatre that is the only fully professional theatre in Central New York. Client requested a fresh, contemporary, simple logo.

My 2nd entry in this contest....