Graphic Design

Starting My Graphic Design Certificate Journey


Marketing my Business

My final logo design. I wanted something that featured my initials so I can sign my personal art quickly. Something unique that says a bit about what I love to do ~ Art!

A part of my coursework was creating a business card, so I decided to update my old design as well as incorporate my new logo. I designed this piece in Adobe Illustrator.

Creating Flyers for my Business

An additional part of the Graphic Design course was to create flyers for the business. Since I decided from the beginning I was going to promote my own website/portfolio, flyers for different areas of work I do made sense to me! I liked the idea of breaking the normal “here’s a link to my portfolio” routine. Attaching one of these flyers to my resume will get my art to a potential clients’ desk rather than relying on them clicking the link to my online portfolio. To keep with my branding, I also incorporated the same color scheme as well as my newly designed logo & contact information.

Tri-Fold Brochure Design

The final for my graphic design course was to design a brochure to market a business using Adobe InDesign. Since I chose my own services as an artist for my business, I made this brochure more akin to visual resume. I really liked this idea of having a visual/one sheet of paper that could portray my design sensibilities & skills.

Learning HTML/CSS/JavaScript

Image of a computer screen with HTML Markup

Tonight, I am taking my second class in Graphic Design for the Web – which is essentially a fancy way of saying HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

After last weeks class, I have been reading a chapter in the book, Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, & Web Graphics 5th Edition, by Jennifer Robbins, every day and have surprisingly loved it.  All the aspects that go into creating an HTML doc is basically like a giant puzzle…and I looove puzzles!  🙂 

We learned how to set up a HTML Document, Text Elements, Links, and Images!  Seems like quite the handful for just one class, but after reviewing the chapters several times, everything is starting to make much more sense.  Learning the basics is extremely important in understanding how everything works within the HTML structure.  If something is wrong in the structure, then the whole website could possibly fail!

For tonights class, I will continue to learn HTML5 and the essentials covered over the three chapters we covered in class as well as complete some simple exercises.  I’ll also be able to use a couple extensions in my Brackets program that will detect minute errors as well as help with basic coding.  Sounds great to me!!

Design Work While @

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In my most recent role as  Graphic Artist/Designer for Lifezette, I received admiration & reaffirmation for my design sense & for the intuition I brought to each article based on the content & needs of the author. My unique challenge was most of the content of this organization & my personal values did/do not align; which made it very difficult to remain satisfied with my role.

Although I had/have personal challenges with the content in which I provided graphics for, Lifezette allowed me the opportunity to create, design & edit images for half of all published media on its’ website.  I was an asset to Lifezette only because of my skills & abilities —

But now…both personally & professionally, I need to contribute more to the values I hold; with the broader movement in today’s day & age.  I am best when I can give purpose and meaning towards what I create, & that is the role I hope to fill in the near future.

Here is a link to a more descriptive approach to the work I did at Lifezette.