Two thoughts came to mind when listening to this bootleg video of Prince covering the Radiohead tune Creep: 1) Radiohead songs are always better when Thom Yorke isn’t singing and 2) it’s funny how distinctly Prince-sounding the tone of this rendition is.
When you’re always focused on making sure your clients are happy and adapting your style in order to express theirs, it’s easy to think of having your own “sound” or a “look” that people associate with you as a negative thing.
But this is a nice reminder that having your own style isn’t the worst thing in the world. It’s part of being creative and part of being an artist. You don’t always have to fully shape-shift.
And just wait until you get to that guitar solo….
This summer, Tia, our intern from the Center for Independent Living’s High School High Tech program, created a logo for an organization called Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness. Every year, we do a couple pro bono projects for organizations we support and believe in, and we were so happy to be able to match Tia, who came to us from one such organization, with this client, who came to us from another. Recently, the client made her logo into some delicious-looking cookies!
Isn’t that sweet?
Today, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality legislation passed in 2015. These regulations made it illegal for internet service providers to slow or block some content or prioritize their own platforms or services, or those of their partners. In a net neutral environment, all content is treated equally. With net neutrality repealed, we may see changes in the way we use the internet, or how we’re billed for our internet use. The following link is informative, and we encourage anyone whose businesses are web-based to learn about the potential impacts of these changes and take whatever action seems right. There is still time to call your representatives in Congress to voice your thoughts on the issue, and it is possible the matter could be taken to court.
If you’re located near us in North Florida, Contact Representative Ted Yoho:
DC Number: 202-225-5744.
Gainesville Office: 352-505-0838
Orange Park: 904-276-9626.
Email here: https://yoho.house.gov/contact
We brought our “puppy” Maisie with while we worked on the American Heart Association Heart Walk chalkboard this year. She was quite a hit with the volunteer groups who were helping with setup. They all wanted her to join them for their group pictures. She was great and, of course, loved all the attention!
Last year, we hosted Tia, a student participating in the Center for Independent Living’s High School High Tech Program, which works with high school kids with a wide range of disabilities who are interested in pursuing careers in high-tech or technology-related fields. Tia was a wonderful intern. In addition to being creative and funny, she was a receptive learner and quickly picked up on the Adobe Illustrator features and functions we were teaching her. If you scroll down to the September 16, 2016 blog post, you’ll be able to see some photos of a logo Tia created during that internship!
Over the last year, Tia has furthered her skills in Adobe programs at school, and during her much-anticipated return to our office this summer, we introduced her to new concepts in InDesign and Photoshop, which she used to create a logo for a hearing loss awareness organization.
We’re over the moon to work with Tia again, and always proud to work with the High School High Tech Program.
Recent posts from the websites of professional photographers have highlighted an ongoing issue in the world of digital image creation of which designers, photographers, and their clients should be aware: the fauxtographer. A fauxtographer is someone who uses another photographer’s images on their website or in their portfolio and claims it as their own work. This is theft. Often these thieves are are newbies on the digital photography scene who are trying to jumpstart their photography career before putting in the time to build a portfolio, but their actions are not only illegal, unethical, and unfair to their fellow photographers, but also unfair to clients who think they’ve booked a seasoned professional to shoot their wedding, but have actually purchased the services a two-bit fraud at a professional rate.
Read this article from Allebach Photography for tips on spotting and avoiding fauxtographers. AAS Arts is also happy to recommend some trusted professional photographers to our clients and community.
And now your moment of zen….
Difficult to find the source of this gif online, but could be artist Iris Nan
We have lots of overdue additions to our portfolio, but we had to get this one up!
A pretty massive undertaking and a very proud moment for a woman in web design. 🙂
Take a look: www.oconnellcenter.ufl.edu
— O'Connell Center (@OConnellCTR) December 16, 2016
You may have noticed that about two months went by between our last two posts and we’ve finished about 10 projects since then. Things are a little nutty around here! (What’s new, right????)
So we’re looking for someone to come on board as a part-time Project Coordinator. Below is the job posting and description. If you’d like to apply, please email your resume, cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Wanted: Project Coordinator
Is your life dull? Do you long to live in a world of mystery, unpredictability and utter chaos? Then we have just the job for YOU! We are a very small design and marketing company looking for a Project Coordinator to work between 10-15 hours/week.
This is a very casual, low-key, flexible working environment but we exist within a fairly hectic and intense workload. In other words, a willingness to work hard is important but we never lose our sense of humor!
A marketing background isn’t necessary, but might be helpful. Common sense and a willingness to learn new things are much more valuable!
Excellent written communication skills are a must, as it’s a such a big part of the job. It’s especially important that your communication style is thoughtful, organized and clear.
High comfort level with computers, social media and the internet are definitely necessary. Knowledge of Mac, Adobe InDesign and WordPress are a plus.
Please note: Workplace has a resident dog (and probably another arriving soon!).
Job Responsibilities Include :
— Communicating with clients on project status
— Help generate content for clients (research, copy writing, etc.)
— Online research
— Provide administrative support
— Handling some incoming calls
— Scheduling projects, meetings, printings, etc.
— Preparing estimates
— Preparing training materials (i.e. WordPress instructions) for clients
— Other responsibilities and projects that arise
— Work schedule is flexible, although deadlines may call for occasional weekend or evening hours
— Driver’s License required for occasional office-related errands (delivering contracts, etc.)
I sit on the Board for the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida, a non-profit headquartered in Gainesville. Their mission is to help people with disabilities live more independently. While the mission is simple, the ways in which they undertake that mission are extremely varied, including sign language interpreting, services for the blind, wheelchair ramp construction, and so on. One of their programs is the High School High Tech program and one part of that program is hosting internship opportunities for high school kids interested in pursuing careers in technological fields.
I was thrilled to have an opportunity to host a High School High Tech student intern this summer. And I am especially pleased that student was Tia!
Tia split her time between my office and the office of Joe Osburn the Publications Coordinator at University of Florida Performing Arts. We figured that way she was able to experience the environments of both an in-house designer and a freelance designer.
Joe and I were both wowed by how quickly Tia learned and grew. She’s smart, funny, creative and so talented! Right away Joe introduced her to Adobe Illustrator, which is one of the more tricky programs graphic designers use. We both love it, but some people never get comfortable with it! Well, Tia took to it immediately and picked up a new skill every day.
She started by recreating some of her own pieces of artwork. Then in her last week, we created a logo together! (shown below) Tia selected the font and built the final vector version that will be used for a series of thoroughbred horse riding competitions. The feedback she received on the logo was stellar!
An unexpected added benefit of sharing an office with a creative 17 year old is that she introduced me to several new bands that we listened to while we worked (i.e. Twenty One Pilots). It has had a lasting impact on my workday soundtrack! William, became attached to her right away, as you can see in the photos.
The studio shined a little brighter for the few weeks Tia was around! I’m certain she’ll be able to tackle any goal she puts her mind to!!!
To learn more about the CILNCF or the High School High Tech program, visit their website www.cilncf.org.
Here’s another case for the importance of good, clear design. Poor design can be an expensive mistake for a company and, quite literally, life or death for customers. http://www.consumerreports.org/recalls/regulators-close-investigation-into-confusing-gear-shifter/
In case you missed it, here’s the archived UFPA 16|17 Season Announcement Slideshow:
I’m already in love……. ?
Scientists Accidentally Discover New Shade of Blue
Coca-cola, one of the classic brands of all time has gotten a complete overhaul. Looks like the new image is clean and refined and they went for overall consistency with small variations to indicate different products. I’m a huge fan of this approach!
Here are a couple of interesting posts about the recent changes to Google AdWords that will continue to evolve during the coming months… There will now be four ads at the top of most searches, instead of three. And there will be no ads on the right side of the search (which is no biggie because people have been visually blocking those out for a very long time). This will mean a decrease in the total number of available ad spots, which may increase the demand for those spots, and as a result potentially increase the cost. We’ll be keeping an eye on this to see how it continues to take shape.
From a marketing trade website:
We’ve just submitted a proposal for a new project and the process of creating it actually generated a couple of cool illustrations. Since only a few people will see the proposal, we thought it would be fun to post these two illustrations we whipped up for it.
PS: I love that the way they’re laid out in that image, they make a little face! I can’t see anything but the sweet smiley face now!
I’m not sure how this always seems to happen, but again we’ve had two sites go live in two days! And they’re two very different sites with one thing in common, they definitely have a bold color palette!
One is a temporary landing page for the reopening of Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville, Florida. We are also excited to be currently building the main site for Bo Diddley Plaza that will go live after they reopen! So stay tuned for that too.
The other is the new site for the University of Florida Division of Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations. This is a real source of pride for us because of what this division can mean for businesses just like ours — small, women-owned businesses in a very male-dominated industry with a lot of big fish to compete with!
Check out the sites. We hope you enjoy!
We have been busy bees lately and we have lots of projects to add to the site. Check back soon for updates!
Most people seem to understand how important the arts are. Why don’t things change?
Did you know that the consumption of alcohol makes it more difficult to tell the difference between red and green? One of the many reasons you shouldn’t drink and drive (think stoplight confusion)…
How fantastic is this image of Edythe Turnham and her Knights of Syncopation (c. 1925)?!?!?!
Turnham toured the Northwest with her band and played up and down the West Coast and on President Line Cruises, embodying travel routes that linked Washington musicians to the rest of the nation and the country. (Image courtesy of the University of Washington Library Digital Collections.)
We’re really bad at Capitalism. — The Anfield Wrap (Podcast about Liverpool Football Club)
We’re climbing on the soapbox for a moment:
We couldn’t say it better than Nicholas Kristof does in this NY Times OpEd:
Our world is enriched when coders and marketers dazzle us with smartphones and tablets, but, by themselves, they are just slabs. It is the music, essays, entertainment and provocations that they access, spawned by the humanities, that animate them — and us.
The Humanities are incredibly important. Not only do they make life worth living, careers like graphic design (which some view as frivolous) are a pivotal part of human communications.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
– James McNeill Whistler, painter (1834-1903)
Listening to the latest Jazzville podcast from Grow Radio:
Check it out ⇒
“I am moving forward with my music, universal language, expressing things of value. And if there’s some people want to listen, they’re welcome. I’m just like the birds. They sing. Those who like can listen and those who don’t, don’t have to.” — Sun Ra
Take a look at these amazing images that capture the beauty of nature! The Human Connectome Project is a project to construct a map of the complete structural and functional neural connections.
The description from YouTube says it all. “This is my favorite 4min selection of a larger work by Ralph Steiner. The original was silent, and the DVD had it set to classical music. I have swapped the audio for an electronica/industrial track by 3 Liquid Hz – Little Boy.”
By now, you can probably tell that we’re a little geeky here. So here’s your geek moment for the day:
This is a video taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory of the Sun’s 4-hour solar eruption on December 31, 2012. The video shows a bright plume of magnetic plasma erupting from the surface of the Sun.
A “tip of the hat” goes to Stephen Colbert for illustrating the difference between good logo design and a clumsy marketing effort. Thank you Stephen!!!!
Watch and laugh!
Take a brief geeky moment to enjoy a Martian sunset courtesy of the Mars Rover “Spirit”: Read the story »
Today we heard comedians Huff & Stapes (@huffstapes on Twitter) ask designers to stop the overuse of symbol-only buttons when making online user interface designs :
Huff: “… A picture of a trash can, ok, we get it, we know what that one is. But have you seen this thing they have now on Google Docs? It’s like a “T” with a line and an “X” next to it? That’s an actual symbol on Google Docs.”
Stapes: “I mean, what is that? What does that mean?”
Huff: “I have no idea.”
Stapes: “Is that for when you need to calculate the speed of light or sound in your email????”