31.12.10

MORE F#&%ING TENNIS

Yeah, I'm pretty over it now. This time, it was the Hopman Cup 4-page Wrap. A walk in the park, compared to that whole magazine nightmare. Again, I didn't have any say over the cover image, and the Sports Editor actually said "make it yellow" this time! But hey, at least I got to do the cover of the paper 2 days in a row. Наша Ана је на прву страницу! Ми ће мо пребити сви!
I've also include a bit of the magazine as well, now that I've had some time to reflect. I don't hate it quite as much anymore. I mean, it's not the best thing I've ever done, but I put it up anyway. If you haven't already, read this post first. I chucked a humongous sad! It's actually quite funny now, I was SO PISSED when I wrote it! HAPPY NEW YEAR, by the way...
And for some bazaar reason, the pictures look a little pixelated. if you click on individual ones, they open up larger in a new window.







25.12.10

I'm easily amused...



Yes, it's quite literally, a flying fuck! I bought it online ages ago and brought it with me to work the other day. It was hilarious! One person offered to buy it off me and a whole bunch asked me where I got it from. You can get it here! IT'S SO MUCH FUN!

I found that other gem when I went to book my trip to Melbourne. We parked right outside the Maylands Medical Centre. Evidently, the place is run by 5-year-olds. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't seek medical attention from a place that uses Comic Sans on their signage. Anyway, I organised my trip at Mum and Dad's "trust-worthy" Serbian travel agent that they always book with. I'll be in Melbourne for 5-days/4-nights from January 10th. I can't wait! 

By the way, I finished Digit, only to discover she has one slight structural integrity issue. Which will be easily fixed. On another tangent, it was seriously hot today. It's still 32° in my room! One day, I'll have air-con… Oh and, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

23.12.10

Progress report



Now that things have started to settle down a bit, I managed to find some time to dust off a few old projects… For the multitude of avid readers who've been with me from the very beginning, you may remember the Digit paper toy I started back in April. I've finished off the wheel tracks now, and there are only a few minor bits and pieces left until she's done. I just have to fix up the hair and arms and that's about it!
I also made some gift-wrap too. It's my first proper attempt at designing gift-wrap, and I find this one rather cute. Plus, I printed it out on the large-scale plotter at work
mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Oh, it's nice to feel so motivated again…

9.12.10

And so begins another designers tail of woe and ill-luck…


As previously mentioned, I've been working on the 16-page Hopman Cup magazine. I had around a week to do it (on top of other work) and that last year, I had twice as much time! I somehow managed finish, and I revisited my Red Bull problem to do it. So I thought a super-blury sneak peek was in order.

Now to the woe and ill-luck...
Given how much stuff I had to fit into certain pages and how much space I lacked for it all, I had to approach this whole project with a "What can't I do with this page?" sort of attitude. It's not something I would normally do or suggest, but given the circumstances and the crazy-ass deadline, I didn't have much choice.

Then two days ago, I discovered that the template I was working off of was the wrong size! So I spent the next day frantically fixing every single page. This sort of shit really does happen! It took ages because it threw out text on every page and I had to use practically every trick I knew to fix it all. Plus, ad shapes changed and a player pulled out of the comp last-minute.

I'm happy with how most of it turned out, and yes, some parts aren't so great. I didn't have much say over the cover this time round. I chose different pictures for it and had a different sort of look and feel, but they kinda steam-rolled me, which is a little disappointing because I had complete creative control over it last year. Oh well, it happens all the time in the industry...

Anyway, it comes out next Saturday. Please take into consideration that I managed to pull a 16-page mass-distributed publication out of my ass in around a week before you judge too harshly! 

2.12.10

See, I totally have been doing stuff!




To celebrate over 50 visits to my blog (most of which weren't me, surprisingly), I have a rather long-overdue post to share! That is, of course, if anyone still cares after nearly six months of inactivity. I have actually been doing stuff, work stuff mostly. Not too much personal project stuff unfortunately.

Occasionally I get bigger jobs and back in late-September, I was given the Commonwealth Games liftout to do. Eight pages and around a week to do it. I'm pretty happy with how most of it turned out, but they wanted the logo nice and big on the cover. My favourite parts are the events schedule on the back and the TV viewing guide. By the way, I have pretty bad lighting in my room.

I'm currently working on the Hopman Cup 16-page magazine, and I've got less than a week to do the whole thing (on top of other work). I'm starting to freak out a little because I had twice as much time last year. I'm used to crazy deadlines by now, but this is a little ridiculous! Ahh whatever, I'll manage somehow (and make it look good too, I hope).