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Sunset

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Sunset
I happen to be a big fan of the sky, so sunsets are always fun to snap a picture of. Here’s my Kuler Kolor for today.

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Daily Sketch #1

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Kiki Dress Sketch
Just a quick sketch of my little character Kiki. I have been drawing her for years now. I think sketching daily is a good healthy exercise for any designer. Especially if it’s something you like to do.

In Bloom

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In Bloom
Kuler has always been a tool I use. I decided that every now and then I will post a photo I took, and select various colors in it through the Adobe Kuler site.

This photo I took in the spring. I really like these trees. They have really pretty white flowers with pink buds all spring and summer. In the fall, the leaves turn copper and brown, and there are all these little dark red berries. It’s a great seasonal tree.

Using Brand Names

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Have you ever noticed that we sometimes use brand names for things that aren’t really that brand? Have you ever said, “Can you pass me a Kleenex,” but that tissue wasn’t Kleenex brand? I think these brands have done more than establish themselves. They practically are that product, no matter what brand you buy. Here are a few I thought of, but I would love to hear about more:

Kleenex
Q-tip
Jell-O
Pop-Tart

I thought it was just interesting that we use some brands without actually using the brand.

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Freelancing

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I have to say that freelancing is one of the most difficult and touchy things I’ve ever had to do. I have been up and down craig’s list lately seeing if I can find any nice projects, but no. I mean if you have seen the things on there… no really, just go look. Some people want designs for almost nothing, and the ones that really make me mad are the one’s that ask for “student’s looking to grow their portfolio.” Those ones are the worst. Almost all of them will say that they aren’t going to pay you, but you’ll get some experience and credit.

All I have to say is this. How often does a person look at the credits of anything just because they wanted to hire the person that did it? I have never caught myself saying, “Wow that guy who did the makeup in that movie did a great job! I’m going to hire him to do mine!” And exposure can only take you so far. Chances are that if you’re trying to get a design for free that your expose isn’t very far and the designers would have a better chance publicizing themselves. I work constantly to upgrade my work and my portfolio, and to gain exposure, so yeah, I can do that myself.

Bottom line, stop trying to take advantage of students. That’s not cool. And you students, stop saying your work isn’t worth any money. Everything is worth something.

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Common Logos

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I was thinking of posting more of those Designs that should be free, so they are, and I was curious if anyone would have anything to share? Are you tired of seeing the same designs over and over again? Let me know and show me. I would be happy to make another page of common designs. Even though I alon can’t fight the crowdsourcing fight, I can make it much more difficult for designers and their generic ideas. Why has it become so “cookie-cutter” to be a designer? Is it really that hard to just do something original? I mean you could submit something hand drawn and I don’t think a single person would have the exact same thing.

I guess I have too many questions. There must be a way to meet between crowdsourcing and freelancing. I’ll think of something.

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