Practicum Week 3

The weeks seem to be going by incredibly fast.. I cant believe week 3 is already over! 

This week was aimed on wrapping up Franks website, owner of North Side Sign and starting a new and exciting project.  I had never designed a website for anyone before, I have had clients ask if I am able to and now I can say yes! Im really learning how to use square space and it will look great on my resume. Frank had already hired quite a few people to try and help him with his site and I was just glad that I could have the opportunity to fix it and give him ease of mind. 

At the end of the second week Carson and I were brainstorming on a fun project that would benefit my portfolio and be something that would act as a networking tool for creatives. We landed on a Zine. A zine is a small magazine and we started brainstorming for the name and concept. Aiken put together a deck and also the layout of the index. I started on ideation for the cover and am still in the process of sketches while also fitting in my lunch break portfolio projects like a perfume line I am designing!

Watercolour illustrations for application on perfume bottles. Everyone was shocked when I whipped out my supplies and finished a whole painting in my lunch break!

Watercolour illustrations for application on perfume bottles. Everyone was shocked when I whipped out my supplies and finished a whole painting in my lunch break!

Projects come and go, quite quickly I’m learning. Most of my clients were easy going and let me have creative freedom. I’m learning that theres clients out there who have a very specific vision and will drop you if you cannot deliver that vision. My eyes were opened when I was struggling trying to price something for a client of mine and it was giving me a lot of stress. It has been so great to have a mentor to ask questions to and who you can trust, and his words were really helpful. I have been taking client critiques too personally, I have to grow tougher skin if I want to be able to make it into the freelance industry! Clients come and go!  Ive also started to notice Carson’s work everywhere I go now.. amazing

A shoe design that was also part of a mural in downtown Gastown, Vancouver B.C..

A shoe design that was also part of a mural in downtown Gastown, Vancouver B.C..

Ive been keeping his constant advice in mind and it helped me end a tough project with a client on a good note. Talking about clients coming and going, Carson gets proposals for projects all the time and some that he just doesn’t have the time to take on - so he was able to hand a fun one off to Aiken and I. The project is to create album cover art for a band called American Television. Most of my Friday was spent sketching out concepts.

Some content produced by American Television (their music is crazy!) So excited to produce the cover art for them.

Some content produced by American Television (their music is crazy!) So excited to produce the cover art for them.

To wrap things up.. check out this inspiring story shared by Carson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2amjd1f6Yvo