Yesterday I bid a fond goodbye to the WordPress theme that I was using until now. I still loved its clean design, but it wasn’t responsive and I was looking for some new features. However I did want to give a shout out to Organic Themes. From my perspective, their Portfolio Theme was built well and whenever I had an issue, they were helpful in resolving it. Thank you!
In December 2012, while in the midst of my 365two project, I thumbnailed a product idea in my sketchbook. It was somewhat inspired by Dan A’Vard’s SPICES affirmations (see Week 7 of my 365two project), but evolved from there. Essentially I wanted to offer a series of personalized prints where individuals or families could list the traits that define them, their new baby, a good friend, etc. I saw it as a chance for people to take some time to reflect through ‘I am…’, ‘We are…’ or ‘You are…’ statements.
This past weekend, I got to attend the National AGM for the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) as an observer from the Manitoba Chapter. This is my second time attending and once again, it proved to be an incredibly rewarding, albeit tiring, few days.
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…
This week, I was all over the place in terms of creative outlets. However, my main focus was to start and finish a presentation that I’ll be sharing with the Winnipeg South Photo Club on Wednesday, January 16. The title is “PLANNING AND PACKAGING YOUR GALLERY SHOW” and I’ll be explaining the approach that I took for my last gallery show, “The Spaces Within“. I’ve divided my presentation into five sections: Theme, Layout, Design, Promotion and Reception.
Aside from that, I shot a couple of self-portraits that I’m really pleased with, spent Thursday night drumming with some good friends (smiled all the way home because I was so happy) and did a little sketching.
I should technically wait until tomorrow to post this, but I’ve spent the majority of my Saturday putting together the presentation and I don’t want to be anywhere near my computer tomorrow. Instead, I plan to go skating down the river trail with a good friend.
I have a Flickr friend (Dan A’Vard or ‘theapostrophe‘) who continues to inspire me with almost every image that he posts. I like the way that he sees the world, and I love the depth and thought that he adds with his words. Back in July, he wrote a blog post that really resonated with me — in part because over the last few years, I’ve spent my own time watching my body/mind/heart/soul levels, but also because he added some other dimensions, as well as his affirmations. He wrote that post for himself, but it was almost like part of it was written for me.
Anyways, after asking Dan’s permission, I decided to spend the week focusing on the SPICES (you’ll need to read his blog post to fully understand). My goal for the week was to design a small poster to frame and hang somewhere in our house as a daily reminder. However I plan to revisit this topic later in the year as I’d like to create a series of photographs that are based on the same theme.