Archive for February, 2012|Monthly archive page

Vita, Artist Statment and such

I have spent the last few weeks creating a Vita, revising my Artist Statement and updating my Resume.  You would think that being this close to graduation I would have a better understanding of who I am as a graphic designer.  I do, but I feel as if I have only just begun to scratch the surface of who Sandra Riley really is as a graphic designer, which is why I have labeled myself “…an artist in design.”

I love going to school and the challenge of thinking outside of the box.   I am a bit sad to see this journey end, however looking forward to the next journey.  I have to admit a bit nervous though.  Do you ever wonder, what if….   What if they don’t see what my instructors have seen?  What if I can’t do it in the real world?   What if….what if?!  Funny how we will second guess ourselves.

I may not know exactly who I am as a graphic designer, but I do know that I have received excellent instructions from some very knowledgeable and inspiring Instructors, completed a ton of projects under some very strenuous circumstances, have worked with a team of amazing and talented students, and am now aware of numerous resources to further develop my skills.

Although I may still have some things to figure out, I am excited for the future and all that it brings.  How about you?

Seeing With New Eyes

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscape but in having new eyes.”  Marcel Proust

John Paul Caponigro combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using the digital platform.  He asks himself a series of questions when he finds himself photographing at locations where many have been before him.  Although he is speaking of photography, these questions can be applied to graphic design as well as any other art.

  • What’s been done before?
  • What made it work?
  • How could it be improved?
  • What hasn’t been done before?
  • How have things changed since that work was done?
  • What could be done to reflect that change?
  • What’s unique about this moment?
  • How many ways could that be made clear in images?
  • What’s special about my perspective?
  • How many ways can I make that strongly felt?

The right set of questions can help generate many ideas as well as guide and focus your work.  You may read the entire article and more at   Seeing With New Eyes.

Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a way to express ideas and concepts graphically. It is a visual tool that helps structure information in a way that helps you analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas.  The power of mind mapping is in the simplicity, the color and how fun it is.  Mind mapping engages your brain in a richer way since it is an activity that is analytical and artistic.  Mind mapping can clarify your thinking in just about anything and can be used for:

  • Note taking
  • Brainstorming
  • Problem solving
  • Studying and memorization
  • Planning
  • Researching and consolidating information
  • Presenting information
  • Gaining insight on complex subjects
  • Jogging your creativity

Here is an example of a mind  map on “Having enough time to do it all”.