I took over the design of this restaurant’s rack card. The person who started it had not converted the photos to CMYK, had the wrong logo, and wasn’t used print fonts. The size was also wrong and did not meet the specs of the printer that was chosen. I redid the layout so it would meet the specs. The client didn’t have a vector logo. They had bought the businesses and weren’t given the file. I had to scan the logo from a menu, then use it as a baseline to create on in Illustrator.
The WA Poison Center needed a save the date postcard for their annual wine event. They needed visuals that could be carried over to their email newsletter and their event book. I used Illustrator and InDesign to create this first piece.
Every time I start wallowing in self-doubt about my design business, something happens to snap me out of it. A few weeks ago, it was an editor from Adobe’s Layers magazine asking me to be one of the designers for a web redesign article in an upcoming magazine (more about that after it’s on the newsstands). Yesterday when I got home from a weekend on the Olympic peninsula, I found an email in my inbox from Zazzle.Years ago, I uploaded some of my illustrations, hoping to sell some as posters.I got an email last week saying one poster had been sold. I hadn’t looked at the account in so long, I had to get a password reminder to even see what had sold. I chuckled with my husband when I saw it was a derivative of a friend of ours. I had used a photo I took of him to create a satire poster back when I was still in design school (and before I was very good using Illustrator). I only earned a few dollars on the sale, but I got a kick that someone else liked it enough to buy it. I didn’t think more about it until I got the email from Zazzle asking me to sign a release….for DreamWorks. DreamWorks had been the one to order the poster and they needed a limited release so they can use it in a movie they are currently working on – a remake of the movie Fright Night. Say what? They want to use my poster? Yep….they sure do…and while I didn’t really get paid much for it’s use, I’ll probably be listed in the closing credits (under graphic designers) , which is very cool.I’m trying not to let these little tidbits of “fame” go to my head…but it sure has boosted my self-esteem and I’m psyched to get working on client projects today.