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SketchUp timewarp

Sketchup – my latest love, hate, and time waster…it has such akward, unprecise controls, yet I love the simplicity of it, the fact that I can build a 3-d model within hours and simulate just what something will look like, down to 3-d squirrel placement!

This has been a fun tool for my retail environment class, where I’m building The Nut House, a cafe set in a park that is part tree house part asylum.  Yes, it serves nut enhanced drinks and beverages.  I love this project, and feel like I’ve really been able to put myself fully into it.

Anyway, before any foam board was cut for a mock up, Sketch Up really help me visualize what was going on here, and I spent way too much time playing with it than I should have…my main complaint is the lack of xyz coordinates where you can plug in values to place your stuff…like in any Adobe program (at least x and y; After Effects has xyz) and all those crazy advanced programs…but it is a simple thing to add with out loosing simplicity.  I do like the user database of components tho, and enjoyed seeing all the 3d crap people made that can be easily imported.  Yes, someone made 3-d snot.  I stuck to 3-d squirrels.


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Interning thoughts and ramblings

I doubt more and more these days that I’ll step out the door after graduation and have a job waiting for me.  Far from the hopes I had from my first day of orientation when we were given speaches about grads getting 40 offers at once…but after nearly two years you see those are special cases or those people just had different skills sets, be it in design or shmoozing.

As I haven’t shmoozed with the right people, won any awards or had an internship, I’m aiming instead for the latter after I get out of here.  Maybe it’s better I intern at a time when I can devote every waking hour to an internship…which will be easier than devoting every waking and unwaking hour, as I do for school now.

The only downfall of this strategy is that I’m pretty much limited to places in Atlanta, and hence I’m doing this to get a job, might lead to something permanent here.  Alas, the married, property-owning squirrel here can not just pick up and go anywhere for an internship….tho I guess short term I could. An internship doesn’t justify putting the flat on the market and having my husband look for another job…which we would do with a job in another city, just cuz the hub doesn’t like Atlanta so much, I hate hot weather, and I’ve lived quite a while here – maybe it’s time to see another part of the country.  But, I feel if I get a foot in the door at an Atlanta company, it will pretty much be kept here in Atlanta.  Which can be alright too if we just reframe our thinking.  Right now, tho, we don’t know what to think…

I still look at places elsewhere, including companies in the “less glamourous” cities (in the eyes of design snobs).  Afterall, I can maintain the same standard of living there most likely too (I would never ever have a 3 bedroom flat in NY or SF).  I mean, even this quirky festival in Minneapolis gives me hope – I would live someplace with this kind of stuff going on 🙂  So, there are plenty of other places with fun quirky vibes outside the big superstar cities, I just have to find a job there and get this strategy thing worked out…

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I’ve seen a lot of egos and attitudes grow and prosper during my seven quarters at PC.  I was just reading at article about Creative Circus and how nice everyone is there.  Though I wonder if that’s really true or just good PR,  I really can’t say I percieve the same thing at PC.  Yes, competition is healthy, but good sportsmanship is also needed.

And yes, I do know some really great people there with admirable minds and personalities…but you know there are always some thorns that give an unpleasant vibe.  Just a thought that’s been building in my mind lately…

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Chi Wow Her

What a great start to the  week, and then what an awful turn it took midway through.  It’s so hard when crap happens outside of school life.  Present and smile like nothing happens at all, eat up criticism like it’s candy.  Save the scowls and deathly expressions for later in the quarter, when they are expected and needed for “real” reasons.  Would an instructor consider it a personal tragedy that a little furry animal friend has died?  Not a good enough excuse, though my boss would take it.  She took a whole day off form work when it happened to her.  But this isn’t a job with real people.  This is a crazy, insane factory.

Well, despite that incident, this quarter is still going well.  After hearing from some grads, I should enjoy this time while I can, a wild ride awaits me this fall. And to leave on a lighter note, here’s some great copy found in the advertising world:

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Euro Cup 2008

…is here.  Needless to say, I’ll be a Euro Cup widow for the next couple of weeks (even our time in Italy will be planned around the games).  Opening ceremony is on as I type…

The logo kinda reminds me of Sonic the Hedgehog after he had a soccer ball for lunch.

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Chest pains

Chest pains, weird rashes erupting on my arms and shoulder, and an ache in my stomach.  Studio week has taken new forms.  Whereas in the past things have just been an emotional ride from hell, my body has finally decided to join the parade.

I’m too young for a heart attack, right?  The amount of caffeine, printer problems, and lack of sleep today was making my heart feel like it was going to explode right out of my rib cage.  Maybe I will get to sleep when I die just yet.  Hopefully not…a week and three days this will all be over and I’ll be halfway across the globe…

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Break for books

I slept last night, and that was something I definetly needed.  I’ve been spending the day just looking at books, which I guess might seem unproductive, but is needed to inspire creative ideas before panic sets in…especially when looking at reworking an entire huge project in a weekend and you’re already exhausted all you ideas.

So, determination remains.  I do enjoy what I am creating and I passionately want to make it come to life, which is why I get incredibly frustrated and flattened by 16 tons weights easily when those attempts go array.  But it’s that determination to create that  gets me to peel myself off that chunk of metal that sits on me and get back to work…after some rest of course.

So, today Martin Venezky’s book It Is Beautiful Then Gone has helped me refocus.  I am addicted to books and have bought quite a few from recent grads moving to New York.  I haven’t had time to read them, but allotted myself time this afternoon to flip through some.  And actually, the book I speak of was brought to my attention from the kind computer brains at but at least I can sound like a design snob and say, OMG!  You haven’t heard of this book yet?  So, when you’ve exhausted all ideas for layout, type solutions and smacking images next to text, take a break and flip through this.  Maybe it will help, or maybe it will be of use down the road – I’ve had it since December and haven’t found much inspiration from it until now, but all my books take their turns.  Enjoy.

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