Thought of this yesterday, decided to illustrate it today. Enjoy.
I got nothing.
It happens every now and again. You feel it starting to take hold. You try to resist but once it sets in, it leaves you with nothing.
I started this blog not only to inspire others but to keep me creatively sharp. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and that can only mean one thing. I am suffering from creative block. Apparently there is no known cure. It’s one of those “ride-it-out” things.
I haven’t posted a Free Inspiration in almost 3 months. Honestly, I haven’t been inspired by the free photos that Shutterstock has been giving away. It’s not their fault.
A trickle of creativity hit me last week with this free photo.
I felt it was unworthy of its own post, but it made me laugh.
I can not stand this client. He know’s exactly what he wants but can’t put it on paper. He is demanding, impatient and belittling when it comes to my work. Did I mention he is also me.
I’ve always believed that the hardest client to please is yourself. I mean, I couldn’t even design my wedding invitations that my wife asked me to do. I was lucky that one of my designer friends was more than happy to do them for us.
Sitting down to design something for myself includes: procrastination, tons of revisions, beating myself up because, “it’s not good enough,” and eventually compromising by creating what I think is mediocre work.
I know the reason I do this is because when I design something for myself it will represent me. It’s just like when you want to look your best when you go out. I think this is a never-ending battle and it just comes with the territory of being an artist.
In all the years I’ve been doing graphic design I can only think of two projects that I designed to promote myself (with the exception of this blog heading). That’s right, two. These are just the finished projects. There are several more that I deemed to horrible to be viewed by the human eye.
Final thought: designing for yourself is torture.
Someone said, “Hey, you should start a blog.” Ok. So here it is.
The birth of my blog coincides with my Son’s first Birthday! Happy Birthday Mason. Here he is digging into some cake.
As I am wrting this, our new business cards just came in for Data Flow. I’ve been working here since March. One of my first projects here was a complete redesign of the Data Flow logo. At first Glance of the original logo, its something that desperately needed updating.I did some research on the font. It’s is called computer. Yes, computer. I’m sure the people of 1974 thought this would be the end-all font for the computer age. Unfortunately, when I see this font I immediately think of green screen computers, and the movie Tron. Even “computer video game systems” of the 1980s were using this font.
Along with my creative director, we pleaded with the owner of the company to end his love affair with this font. It didn’t take long to revamp the logo into something that is fresh and eventually recognizable.
Hopefully this is easier on the eyes than the previous logo. I took Helvetica and tweaked it into a more rounded font. We used a light blue, gray, and white as our new primary colors. We added an arrow to the capital “F” which will eventually become a design element in our marketing.
Thanks for reading my first post. I hope to keep this blog up-to-date with unique designs and the creative process.