It’s Friday night and I designed a notepad

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a bit of an organizational nut. Not in the sense that I’m organized 100% of the time, but definitely in the sense that I get overly-excited about things that are meant for organizing. At work, I have a few friends who are equally excited about such things… to the point, that we sometimes email each other to compare how much we’re geeking out about our new organizational system of the week, special project or funky tabs meant for sticking on things. Oh yes…
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365two: Days 1-7

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For week one of my 365two project, I decided to design a tattoo for myself. I’ve had the idea in my head for a number of years now, so I feel confident that should I ever get a tattoo, that this is the one that I’d get. I would of course need to work with a tattoo artist, as I’m not sure I could have this level of detail (given the size that I’d like the tattoo to be; which is small). Anyways, I’m going to keep the meaning to myself — other than to say that my intention is to include my birth year. For internet purposes, I’m saying that’s the year 1900. But you get the idea.
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Blog: 365two - start

On Monday, Oct-29-2012, I am going to start a new project that I’m calling ‘365two’. Like my first 365 project, this second one will serve as a daily, creative outlet. Beyond that though, my goal is for 365two to be more than a visual diary. Instead, I want it to be a project where I can focus on growing and developing ideas.
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How I got into design

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I suspect I got into design for the same reason that many other designers did… I loved to draw. I wish I still had one to show you, but when I was a little kid, I used to draw some pretty elaborate farmscapes (house, barn, fences, livestock, rolling hills, sun, etc.). I could never really draw anything out of my head so instead always had to copy a photo or the object/scene itself. In high school art class, my attention to detail started to come out. I didn’t have an illustration style, but I did have a whole lot of patience. I mostly liked working with pencil, or with pen & ink (the dip kind, not the technical kind) and watercolour.

When it came time to decide what I wanted to take in university or college, I sort of wanted to be an archeaologist, but I mostly wanted to do something creative. I was pretty certain I wasn’t going to make it as an artist, so when a friend of my brother-in-law was visiting and told me about graphic design, I was sold. I still had no real understanding of what graphic design was, but I applied to two colleges (Medicine Hat and Red River College in Winnipeg) and was accepted into both. At my RRC interview, it was suggested that I attend the student Open House to see what it was all about. Seeing the work there made me decide to stay in Winnipeg. I remember being really inspired, and finally having a sense of what I was getting into.
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