Thursday, January 30, 2014

...Go! (01/30/14)

Next step, I need to develop a logo. I appreciate logos and understand their influence. I researched on Behance, as well as looked at the portfolios of the Class of ‘13 and ‘12 and  I am in awe of some of the simple and yet effective and creative logos people come up with.

Now how I am I going to come up with a logo that is good, unique and represents me? Dryicons article, “Logo Design Process Tutorials” was a great place to start. It laid out in easy to follow steps how to create a logo. The hardest step was to detail a design brief based on myself. Larry Volk wrote in, No Plastic Sleeves, “You will need to develop a brand statement for yourself , capitalizing on your unique abilities and creative vision.” At the same time Malcom Grear recommends in “Inside|Outside Design, “Simplicity, clarity and elegance.  Such simplicity is hard to acheive.”  What represents me? I thought about asking friends and family for help. But decided that that is a hard thing to ask a friend. My parents are totally biased. And asking my siblings? Well, that would be setting myself up for some joking. So I relied on myself to write down my likes, dislikes, personality traits and how I would like myself to be represented. My favorite courses at Quinnipiac were the animation classes. I hope to have a career in animation, so I wanted my logo to hopefully represent that. Last semester I took Creating Interactive Media. It was such a fun class. My professor encouraged me to carry my animated “Stickman” character throughout the semester’s projects. I thought perhaps I would resurrect Stickman. My other ideas all revolved around the concepts that my ideas start small and evolve into big things. Acorn? Snowman?? (It’s been a long winter!) I started to sketch.

Here are some of my sketches:

Ready, Set…. (01/30/14)

To me, a common characteristic of an older person was one, that they always commented that time went by so fast, and two, they complained about the cold weather and snow. Well, I think I am getting older….

Where did the time go? Seems hard to believe that I have just started my last semester of college. When I started my first semester in August 2010 this day seemed impossible to imagine. I had no idea what was ahead of me. All I knew at that time was that the idea of college life was exciting, scary and so daunting! But with one foot in front of the other, and one step at a time, here I am, in a blink of an eye. Now I am faced with another exciting, scary and so daunting new phase in my life. But to get there, I need a portfolio.

I started reading No Plastic Sleeves:The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers, by Larry Volk. Volk wrote, ‘Your portfolio needs to get noticed, grab someone’s attention, and distinguish you from “the crowd”. That is a big order to fill.

First step was creating a Mind Map in FreeMind. To me this was very satisfying. It quickly put all my courses, my projects, my skills, my experiences into an organized visual tool for me.  Thank you Tony Buzan. Wow! I covered a lot in four years.

I am looking forward to the Spring. I am excited to having a completed portfolio, to graduate and to start life in the working world. And yes, I never thought to be saying this but I am also excited for warm weather and green grass.

About Me (01/30/14)

About Me

"I'm not normally a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman!"

Homer Simpson

My name is James Diffley. My family and friends call me Jim and/or Jimmy. I am from Pelham, New York. Pelham is a small town in lower Westchester county, approximately 30 minutes north of New York City.

I am an Interactive Digital Design student. In my free time I enjoy swimming, golf and hiking with my 9 year old golden retreiver Bailey. I also enjoy playing video games, watching and creating videos and animations and I have recently became interested in woodworking.

I am looking forward to the next phase of my life and in the process of getting there.