Last week we were lucky enough to have Cindy Li in town for a day full of events. She spoke about networking and the internet and provided helpful tips on how to use networking sites to your advantage. Cindy Li had very interesting things to say and I definitely learned alot. She also met with the senior graphic designers to talk about and review our portfolios. She was very nice and helpful and just having another person to get advice from and bounce ideas off of was awesome. This was a great experience and I am so glad she was able to come. Thanks for your time, Cindy Li!

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Show One turned out great. The gallery looked awesome and everything went smoothly. The seven graphic designers in the first show (myself included) gave our presentations last Tuesday to a crowd of close to 100 people. Everyone did a great job, I guess all these years of art critiques and presentations paid off! At the opening, the gallery was more packed than anyone has ever seen it. It was really amazing how many people showed up and I am glad to have been a part of it all. Show Two opens on Tuesday, April 14th at 5:30 and the remaining graphic designers will be presenting their work earlier that day. I am so excited to see the rest of the work installed.


All of the seniors in Show One were at the gallery installing our work over the weekend. Everything went farily smoothly and it was easier than I’d expected. Overall, it was fun and exciting and I’m excited for the show to open tomorrow! I’ve never installed anything in a gallery before, so it was a good learning experience as well. After some troubleshooting and figuring out the best way to hang my 49 pieces, everthing went up pretty quickly and I’m happy with the way it all turned out. My main concern was getting everything lined up on a perfect grid, and I think it ended up looking pretty nice.
Senior Show Installation


The gallery install for our Senior Thesis Exhibition is coming up this Saturday! Its exciting and frightening all at once. There is sooo much work to get done in the next couple of days. The show opens on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30. One of the many MANY things I have to finish up is my artist statement. I’m finding it really hard to narrow down my thoughts on this project, there is so much that goes into it and so much I feel that I need to explain. It’s gone from about 5 paragraphs (way too long) to two. I hope it gets the point across. Here’s what I’m working with now:

Social networking sites have recently become a significant factor in the daily lives of many people, providing a constant source of communication, entertainment, and information. In the world of design, it is important to establish a network of people with which to share ideas and the internet makes this easier than ever before. Coincidentally finding inspiration through Facebook for a project that serves as an exercise to better myself as a graphic designer reinforces the importance of being an active part of the design community and constantly seeking inspiration from the world.

The Rules:

1 – Go to Wikipedia and click “random.”
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations.”
The last four or five words of the last quote on the page is your album title.

3 – Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days.”
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album art.

I was inspired by the constraints of the exercise; not being able to choose the words or images pushed me to be more creative. Each piece consists of one appropriated image, one Wikipedia entry title, and one segment from a random quotation, and was executed in Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator with a time limit of ten minutes.


uh oh.

17Mar09

So, due to some highly unfortunate circumstances beyond my control, my senior thesis project has taken a dramatic turn. I should’ve known trying to create art with living organisms while on a strict deadline was a recipe for disaster. Of course something would go wrong. Anyways, theres no time for crying about it or making excuses. I’ve got ten days (as my classmates keep reminding me) untill installation day and I’ve got to reevaluate everything I’ve worked on for the past semester and a half! I guess my thesis is now about learning to roll with the punches in the world of graphic design; designing something great regardless of limitations of resources, materials, time, etc. Speaking of time, I don’t have any…what am I doing blogging?


My senior graphic design class has been given the task of creating all of the promotional material for the 2009 Senior Thesis Exhibition. We split up into four groups and were each to come up with a poster, mailer, email, viral marketing idea, press release, the works. Within the first few minutes of meeting with my group I remembered a project I’d recently seen on ilovetypography.com: Tobias Battenbergs projected type. Promoting the senior show by projecting it around Chattanooga would surely draw attention to it. We took this idea and ran with it. Rather than designing posters and mailers and then figuring out some sort of viral marketing we could do, we centered our whole project around or guerilla idea. This made for a stronger concept, tying all of our promotional material together and creating a nice sort of “brand” for the show. After a lot of projected type photos, a last minute ingenious idea to print the posters on acetate to give them the same feel as the projected type itself (this just goes to show how far collaborative thinking can get you when you’re in a pinch), and one very late night, we came up with a really nice little set of promotional materials. All four groups presented our ideas to the rest of the senior class and ours was chosen. All of the hard work paid off and I’m really excited to finish working on this project!

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(photos thanks to Michael Mahaffey)


I’m sure that many people have seen the “random album” posts going around on Facebook. These posts contain very specific information on how to create your own album cover: Generate a random word from Wikipedia (random). This is the name of your band. Find a random quote from quotationspage.com. The last four or 5 words from the last quote on the page is your album name. A random image from Flickr (third picture) is the artwork for your album.

I figured this was a good way for me to procrastinate doing work that I needed to be doing, so I decided to make my own random album cover. Two hours and about fifteen album covers later I realized I was really into this. Something about the constraints of the content I had to work with was really inspiring. Not being able to choose the words or the image pushed me to be more creative. I had to use what I got and make it work. I ended up with several nice little pieces. The “happy accidents” that happened when the random words/quotes/images came together were really exciting, too. I think this is a good exercise to get used to working in the field of graphic design. When working for clients, you don’t usually pick the content that you’re working with, but you still have to make design magic happen.