Thursday, November 18, 2010

3 Design Tips and a Hot Dog

I never know what I may end up doing at work.  Could be designing a CD package one minute and taking pictures of a show host dressed in a hot dog suit the next. A question I often get is why does a radio network need a graphic designer?  Well, it's much more than just a radio network, it's an apostolate.  And I like to think I'm more than just a graphic designer...

I wasn't kidding about the hot dog suit!

As far as workload goes, I'm on the high end of the see-saw -- there's much more of it than there is of me.  To create a happy balance I've learned a few things over the years that might be of special interest to fellow designers and perhaps some of the laity out there.
  • Design everything in full-color.  You can easily change a color design into black and white but it's a lot harder to change a black and white design into full-color.
  • ASAP is not a good deadline.  One man's ASAP is another man's "This can be done whenever/if ever I get a free moment."
  • Do your best work.  Some assignments are more important than others but it's important to every assignment well.  Doing so-so work at work leads to doing so-so in other endeavors. 

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