Design School Update – January 28, 2012

I hope you all had a nice weekend! I spent most of the weekend working on homework and was very productive. Since I have been at school for a couple weeks now, I figured it would be fun to update the blog with a few of my recent projects.

My first big assignment in my color & design theory class was to accurately mix paints and create a color wheel with the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. I painted swatches of color, cut them out, and assembled them on a presentation board. I was very happy with the way my wheel turned out! :)ColorWheel1 ColorWheel2

My first assignment in my design process class was to explore and depict the eight elements of design. Inspired by our recent trip to wine country, I decided to take my own wine-themed photos (rather than find pictures in a magazine or on the internet) to demonstrate each of the elements in a “wine list” menu. The project may not make much sense to you all because you don’t get my verbal presentation that goes along with my assignment but I felt like sharing it anyway! The presentation was a success and I walked away with full marks!ElementsOfDesign1 ElementsOfDesign2 ElementsOfDesign3

Perhaps my favorite assignment so far was my first floor plan for my technical drawing (drafting) class. The entire thing is done on a drafting board with a parallel rule.  All non-horizontal lines are drawn using triangles, shape templates, and a scale ruler (not a single freehand line in the plan). Drafting is very time consuming and tedious but I LOVE it! My first attempt at a floor plan was a total success (and I hope my teacher agrees… I turn it in tomorrow)!DraftingFloorplan1 DraftingFloorplan2 DraftingFloorplan3 DraftingFloorplan4

I am also taking a sketching class (to improve my freehand drawing) and a computer graphics class (where we are learning Adobe Illustrator this quarter). I am doing very well so far in all of my classes so I hope I can keep it up! I am truly loving school… I practically live for Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Every day that I am there I feel happy, inspired, and on the right path! Besides snagging Walker and Bo, attending this school may be the best decision I’ve ever made. :)



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  1. Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    January 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    This is so exciting! I LOVE your color wheel. It really turned out beautifully. And I love the way that you depicted the elements of design. And your drafting skills are top notch, my friend — your plans look amazing! Keep these updates up, please! So much fun to read! :-)

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    • Erika

      January 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Thank you so much Maria! I have been working hard! I will make sure to keep the updates coming :)

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  2. Christine @ casa-de-Christine

    January 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Ahhh you’re making me miss school! Haha. Your colour wheel is gorgeous! I love that you thought outside the box for the design elements and your drafting is amazing! I always liked manual drafting too even though it’s so tedious! You are kicking butt at this school thing! Good job!

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    • Erika

      January 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Thank you Christine! I really appreciate all of the encouragement! It’s a lot of work but I love it! :)

      What was your favorite thing in school? I think the manual drafting (and perhaps more so computer drafting when we get to it) will end up being one of my favorite parts!

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      • Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

        January 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

        Drafting was my favourite part too! I loved manual drafting- it’s like an art form but I really enjoyed AutoCAD too and computer drafting. My favourite things to do are floor plans and space planning. My dream job would be designing custom houses for clients. I love taking what people feel they need and love and making it work in unique ways. I also really liked Studio class which was basically taking a project from start to finish through the drafting stages and then through finish selections and working drawings. It’s all fun though- love interior design!

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  3. Melanie

    January 29, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I find this all so interesting :P
    So glad you’re having an amazing experience with school!

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    • Erika

      January 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Thanks Melanie and glad you find it interesting! I will keep up the updates! :)

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  4. Ashley

    January 29, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Guuuh this all looks like so much fun!

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    • Erika

      January 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks Ashley! It really is! :)

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  5. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    January 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    So glad things are going so well for you! All of your projects are fabulous looking!

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    • Erika

      January 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks so much Ashley!

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  6. bekah

    January 30, 2013 at 5:31 am

    WAIT. So you drew that floor plan by HAND? Holy crap. Well Done!

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    • Erika

      January 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Haha I did indeed! Thanks so much! It took a long time but I really enjoyed it! :)

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  7. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    January 30, 2013 at 7:40 am

    This looks so interesting and like it would be so much fun to learn! Keep it up! :)

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    • Erika

      January 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks so much Amy! It is really interesting and fun but LOTS of work! Totally worth it! ;)

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  8. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    January 31, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Oh, I love hearing all about this! It always makes me smile to hear you talk about school… and it makes me want to go back to school for graphic design!

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    • Erika

      February 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks so much Kristen! :) That would be amazing! Graphic design is such a cool (and very lucrative) career path. My brother is majoring in it right now!

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