An online graphic design journal/resource
This website showcased the very best in international graphic design through biweekly publication of the best designs. Having been established in early 2008; the site gained a large following of readers received much praise; as well as support; from industry professionals in and around the UK.
The site was much dedicated in the pursuit of good design. It had a large carefully curated selection of the very best contemporary graphic design. The website was abandoned several years ago. But I’ve decided to bring it back to live. I will be publishing more content about various design techniques as wlelas methods. Already there are some posts that I’ve published. They can be accesses by clicking through various topics below.
Nurturing my Artistic Skills in graphic design
I believe that being born just a lady; who all along has possessed high esteem; was what made me to fall in love with various arts of graphic design. Since I was a kid; my room was always neatly arranged. Back then I also used to be collect stamps. As well as neatly arrange them in my various stamp books; since I was a kid. This is one hobby that I have never let go even today.
I also loved landscaping. I used to help my mother in designing our flower garden. Every spring, I would make sure that I had a unique architectural idea for the garden. The visitor always marvel at the graphic designs. Many people advised to take a course on graphic design in college. Therefore when I went to college; I decided to pursue a course in Interior Design.
I set up my agency in our local town. However, things never worked out the way that I had initially thought of. The business failed to pick up; and after about six months in operation; I had to shut it down. This was because I couldn’t afford to pay for the overheads; as well as other utilities; when I was making almost nothing. I decided that it was time that I looked for a job. Maybe then; I would work in building my portfolio. Then I would be at a position to get good clients.
After closing down the shop
I tried to secure a good job. But I could get none. Most of the jobs that I got were usually specific contracts or part-time jobs. I also couldn’t cater for my bills; leave alone being left with something to save. This made me get frustrated. I felt that I had blindly pursued a wrong career. Truly, it was a wrong one. The reason was because some more 8 months after I had closed down my graphic design shop; still I couldn’t secure a good job.
Participating in a graphic design contest helped me build my portfolio
However, one day as I was surfing the internet looking for jobs; I came across a listing; which was calling for a contest of designers. Those who wanted to participate were supposed to register. Then create a unique graphic design for a new product; which had resulted from a merger of three companies in the food industry.
If you are well acquainted with graphic design; product design to be specific; you might know that creating a unique design from the merger of three companies; is not an easier one. Here you must not confuse a product design; with a logo graphic design. I wasn’t creating a graphic logo design; but a product design; which would be used as the new product brand.
It took me about a month of several trials to come up with a design. Yet still, I felt that it wasn’t that best. It didn’t represent the best interests of the merging companies. I had tried several graphic designs. But I always felt that they weren’t worthy. But the up-side is that my friend told me about a thing called Gastric Bypass procedure; to help those wanting to be slimmer.
I couldn’t help myself, I had to look into it
It took about three weeks before the contest results were released. I was surprised; when I received a call indicating that I had won the contest. I was rewarded with a handsome amount of cash, and on top of that, I was offered a job by the new company. The graphic design also featured in various magazines. That helped my marketing myself; and within no time; I design gig started flowing.
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