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Feb 24 / An

a picture is worth getting stuck in a snowbank

A picture is worth a thousand words; these were also worth getting stuck on a snow-covered hill.

 

Location: Chestermere
Camera: iphone

I love clouds, probably because my head is often up there. I especially love the skies when the sun is rising or setting. I get overwhelmed with awe. I feel significantly small but fortunate to be part of that moment, in witnessing something so amazing, and every time I get to see the skies on fire, I feel ridiculously happy :)

 

A lesson learned from chasing these skies: make sure the snow on the ground is packed down before driving over it!! Otherwise you’ll need help getting out. ~ Thanks neighbor!

Dec 25 / An

I like boundaries

I like boundaries, rules, and expectations. I like all those things because it lets me know where I can start pushing and challenging things. Without them, I don’t know where to begin and what I am capable of. Ironic, I suppose, but I feel that my drive and creativity comes from knowing where the parameter begins. Boundless choices and opportunity overwhelm me, making me feel lost – perhaps it’s because I don’t know where or when to stop or how far and fast I can run.

For a typography assignment, I had to design 4×6’’ invitations, using grids and Helvetica, while conveying information organized in a hierarchical fashion. The key to this assignment was to “keep it simple”.

  • The first invitation was to use 4 columns, text flushed left, and Helvetica in medium and bold, 1 size for all typography, and colour could only be black and white.
    I particularly enjoyed the challenge of having to create some thing orderly, while trying to find a way to create hierarchy for the content. I was able to successfully draw attention to desired content and create hierarchy by using small caps, in addition to kerning for readability. I felt really innovative when I learned that I was the only one in my class who used small caps.
  • The other invitation was to use 5 columns, text flushed left, Helvetica Neue in any weight and any size. Imagery had to consist of one black and white photo and text black with one colour. This invitation allowed for a lot of freedom in the typography. At first, it was exciting because I thought I could create “sooooo much dimension”.  Then, I found myself blank and without idea when it came to drafting something. The possibilities fluttered though my mind like a rolodex, everything a blur, and I wasn’t able to stop on an idea. Recalling the key to the assignment, “keep it simple”, allowed me to find a resting spot for the ideas to settle and take form. How I feel about this piece is good, in that, I was able to play with the title and the image. (“Objective Clarity” is a subjective phrase to me, and so I took a stab at “Objectivity” by making the title slightly difficult to read. The picture is of my friend and me; the way in which our legs were crossed looked unnatural, again, taking another stab at “objective clarity”. The colour used was the colour of our shoes).

The challenge in not having boundaries, for me, decreases my start time. Additionally, by not knowing the boundaries or rules, I don’t know how to play the game, often, becoming a spectator rather than a player.

Sep 23 / An

eBeam Quick Reference Guide

I was fortunate enough this summer to apply what I had learned in my first year of studying Information Design.

Hopefully this eBeam User Guide – Quick Reference will help those who shy away from technology.

 

Program Used: InDesign 5.5

 

 

Aug 25 / An

Model Milk Restaurant Review

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Aug 2 / An

A Good Day To Take A Picture

August 02, 2012

A good day to take pictures

Jul 19 / An

Reminders

No matter the technology, only one thing works for me… old school ;)

Jun 20 / An

Motivation Comes From Within

Motivation comes from within. That was what Pastor Lucky told me the other day. It’s weird and interesting how conversations happen; we were meeting about website stuff when he asked me how I was doing. Not great. He then told me that often, most successful people find motivation within themselves rather than looking for an external source. When you use an external source it’s easy to lose your motivation because that source isn’t secured to something permanent, or you change your mind and have to find a new source. Instead, when you look internally, you’d never lose it because it is always with you. When you are wanting to change or inspire yourself it should be for yourself rather than someone or something. This conversation also reminded me of something I learned in a sociology class: we always look for wisdom and knowledge from outside sources instead of reflecting or conversing with those close to us. There is a lot of knowledge out there, but you should start your search with yourself, family, and friends first because you and them have insights that you may have forgotten or never knew to explore and there’s no one better to help you than those that care about you.

Also, sometimes you need a change to get back up (to your state of happiness), and for me I learned that I needed to want to make those changes for myself — I now want to make myself a better person for myself. In addition to that, I need to stop analyzing the possible outcomes of my changes and do it because I can only come up with so many scenarios. Pastor Lucky told me that sometimes you need to stop thinking and just do. Just do.

Good luck :)

Jun 2 / An

Black Library Expo in Chestermere

The assignment: create promotional and informational material for a client. I was fortunate enough to connect with the Chestermere Public Library to create materials for their Black Library Expo which will take place in October 2012.

Programs used: Adobe Photoshop and InDesign 5.5. (The artwork was provided by CJ Lee)

Inspiration: Screens, rules, and simplicity. I had just finished learning about newspaper layout and design and applied what I could to this project.

Below  is the main poster for the event.

** the new website: http://www.chestermereexpo.ca/

Feb 20 / An

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake and Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Makes about 20 medium cupcakes

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
zest and juice of one medium (meyer) lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup poppy seeds

Method:
1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
2.  Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a small bowl.
3.  In bowl of an electric stand mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy — about five minutes.
4.  On medium-low speed, beat in eggs one at a time, ensuring they are completely incorporated before continuing to the next one.
5.  On medium-low speed, mix in lemon zest and juice and vanilla.
6.  On medium speed, add flour and buttermilk to batter in two separate additions, beating completely between additions.
7.  With a spatula, fold in poppy seeds.
8.  Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full of the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating half way through baking time.
9.  Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting

**I found that this recipe could have used a little more lemon juice, although it was still delicious with the amount called for. The next time I make this, I will probably some lemon juice or zest to the frosting.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 oz (1/2 cup) cream cheese, room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1  1/2 cups icing sugar

Method:
1. With an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, beat butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed.
2.  Slowly add in vanilla.
3.  On low speed, slowly stir in icing sugar on half a cup at a time.
4.  Pipe onto cupcakes and serve immediately.

 

Happy Baking :)

 

Recipe from http://www.indiansimmer.com/2011/03/poppyseed-lemon-cupcakes-with-vanilla.html

 

Feb 15 / An

Technical Writing Assignment

The assignment: Create a document using visual and written communication to communicate instructions on how to do something
Programs used: Adobe Photoshop and InDesign 5.5
Inspiration: I like baking and this was an excuse to make something for people. The main difficulty I had for this assignment was remembering to take pictures each step of the way; thanks Harry for taking pictures when I had no free hands :)