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Jun. 30th, 2007 | 07:30 pm
mood: boredbored
music: Fenix TX - Apple Pie Cowboy Toothpaste

Wow... It's been a while since I've actually posted anything in my poor neglected livejournal.

Let's see...Where to start?
This summer has had it's ups and downs.

I seem to be cursed when it comes to printers. Right now, my Photosmart Pro B8350 won't let me print on anything other than 8.5x11 with the default settings. The moment I change the print quality, paper type, paper size, or try make a borderless print it deletes all of my print jobs as soon as they finish spooling. Highly annoying. Worse is that I know that it's a problem with the driver. The printer works wonderfully under UbuntuStudio with HP's driver and it worked just fine when hooked it up to a friend's Macbook. It's only with Windows. And it's not just on my comptuer either. I fixed one of my friend's computers for him (clean install of Windows and installed all of the Windows Updates) and it wouldn't work on it either. So I've been going back and forth with HP's tech support all summer, trying to figure out how to get this fixed. They just now started forwarding my emails to their level 3 tech support, so maybe I'll have some luck with them. I just hope I can get it working before I have to go back to school.

I've been making an attempt to hang out with Rachel when I can. So far we've made a road trip across the state to submit a poster of hers to the gallery in The Averett in Statesboro. Now her poster is hanging with mine in there. It was nice to actually get to see my college friends while I was down there. It was the best birthday I've had in years.
We went to go see Hellogoodbye a couple of weeks after that, and a couple of weeks after that concert we went to the 99X Big Day Out. That was a great show too, even with the brief torrent of rain.
Tomorrow, I'm going to go hang out with her again. I haven't really had much of a chance to do anything with her in a while because I've been a little busy with things. So I'm sure that'll be fun.
I think we're going to go see Die Hard. I'm not expecting any kind of breakthrough in modern cinema with it, but if it's proves to be as over the top as it looks I'll be amused. I'm sure it'll be fun either way. I usually have a good time when it's with her.

I couldn't find a job anywhere in this godforsaken town this summer, so I finally bit the bullet and went freelance. I can say, it's probably one of the best ideas I've had in a while. I've been doing t-shirt designs, flyers, and album art for one of the local bands, a logo and t-shirt design for a youth ministry that a friend of mine started, and probably the biggest one being that I landed a contract with Diverse Power. They needed a new promotional poster designed and printed by the end of this month to represent them at Georgia Power's training center in Macon. Apperaently, they got entries from some of the other design firms around town too but they picked mine. It's nice to know that my design was better recieved than the design firms that, at the beginning of the summer, told me that they wouldn't hire me because student work is never up to professional standards (one of the studios seemed to have something against GSU students too...not sure why).
It was a really fun job. The first time in a while that I've had to do my own photography. Aside from telling me the locations they wanted represented on the poster, requiring their logo and mission statement, and the compass that they use in all of their recent media, I had free reign to do whatever I wanted with it. I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out, aside from one paragraph looking a little too crowded inside of it's container. If I had been given a little more time I could have fixed it though, but deadlines are deadlines and they were thrilled with it as it was. It was also pretty cool that I earned $500 in just 17 hours. They told me that if I'm still doing jobs like this for them after I graduate it'll be more than $1,000 per job and that they'll be referring people to me before any of the other design studios in town from now own. Hooray!

Probably the best thing that I've done all summer though was that I reconnected with my old friends from highschool again. Those guys are great and I have no idea why I let myself get out of touch with them so badly.
My friends in The Promise Drive finally put out their first full length album this summer and it's actually pretty good if you're into the whole pop punk/emo thing.

And with that, I go.

Hopefully I'll remember to update again at some point.

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from: seeifyouswim
date: Jul. 1st, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)

It's awesome that you got that contract over the other design firms. I'm sure that'll give you a worthy portfolio piece that actually has professional merit and not just something from a class, which of course will come in handy later. As far as that person having something against GSU students, it may have just been a personal thing, but let's be honest for a moment. Look at yourself and all your peers at your level in graphic design. (This goes for anyone in any other form of art as well.) There are always one or two, and very rarely more than three, students who really shine above the rest. I think the statistics say something along the lines of only one in ten graphic design graduates will stay in the field after their first three years in the profession. So far it seems you might have what it takes. But admit it, you know most of your peers don't stand a chance. You have to live, breathe, eat, sleep, and have intercourse with design 24/7 to really make it, and people like that are an extremely rare breed. To put it bluntly, most GSU art students totally suck. It's a sad truth. Here's a hint: find the best person in graphic design at your level (or the next best if you're the best) and try to become at the very least twice as good as that person. Another hint: get really really good at Flash if you can. After graduation, your competition isn't just GSU, it's the whole world.

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from: neil_hinkle
date: Jul. 1st, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)

Yeah, you raise very good points there. I don't know who it was from our school that they worked with before, but it's a fairly good bet that it wasn't one of the good students from they way they acted.

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from: quizzical_me
date: Jul. 1st, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)

that's awesome about the freelance. Those kind of jobs can be put on your resume, if needed.

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