Friday, December 4, 2009

Q + Snail.

Well, my first semester at OCAD is coming to a close. I can't believe that. It feels like just yesterday I was applying to try and get advanced standing in their design program. Today was my last day of classes and all my final projects have been handed in - only 2 exams left to do and then I will have 6 weeks to focus on my own self-directed projects. I honestly can not wait. It will be nice to be able to catch my breath finally.

Above (and below) are both parts of my last project for my Graphic Design 1 class. To be honest, I am not sure what the purpose of this project was as far as how it will help me market myself in the future, or improve my design skills... but I did enjoy doing it.
Sort of.

The challenge was to chose a living object and blend it with a letterform. First, we had to show the letterform becoming the object, and then we had to try and combine the two into one icon. I did not find this to be overly challenging, for some reason. I think maybe the reason for this was that I did a good job of picking my object and letterform and designing the object to relate structurally to the letter. In some respects, doing this, made the project a little boring for me. What I can say however, is that projects such as this one have really given me more of an appreciation for illustrator and the many tools it encompasses.

As much as the last two weeks of this semester have been a very painful and stressful thorn in my side, I have decided I have actually enjoyed this first semester at OCAD. I have met lots of really great, inspiring and creative people, and I think it'll be interesting to see what is in store for me in the second half of my first year in the design program here.