It’s almost over!!

Well, at least for the semester. I’m in the final crunch, everyone. I’ve got three – count ‘em – three final projects due in two weeks. I’ve got hard deadlines of May 7 on all of those projects. The projects are broken down into work packages (hmm… sounds like project management). Each work package has its own deadline coming up much sooner.

On top of final projects, my InDesign prof asked me to work with another non-profit who didn’t get their project worked on at the Design Charrette. I need to get that done. He’s also asked me to design the certificates they’re going to give all the students who participated in the Design Charrette. I’m more than flattered. This guy thinks highly enough of me to ask me to do this? Sr’sly? But I just looked at my whiteboard and got a bit overwhelmed.

Bottom line – I won’t be coming up for air until this is all over.

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2013 Design Charrette

This morning I was a tightly wound spring, so what do I do? I go to Starbucks to get my quad-venti-caramel-non-fat-latte (that’s a 4 ounces of espresso in a 20 ounce cup, for those who aren’t familiar). Now, Starbucks has these re-useable cups, but they only come in a “grande” size (16 ounce). So instead of getting my usual venti, I grab my two re-useable cups and get two grande’s.

The caffeine helps keep me on an even keel.

Goddess Caffeina

 

I taste the sweet nectar of the Goddess Caffeina and I can feel her soothing arms around me. I begin to unwind as I finish my drive to the campus.

I get onsite and claim my spot at one of the Mac’s. I sign in, check my email, and I see my client will be there in about an hour. I have some time to put some final touches on page one and get started on page two before she gets here!

I quickly find out how fast an hour can fly by.

Regardless, my client is more than pleased with the ideas I’ve got and work I’ve done. We talk about a couple of tweaks here and there. I get her input on a couple of ideas and show her what I’m planning for the rest of page two. She’s eager to see the final product!

Everything went amazingly smooth! When I was finished with that project I was able to help another student design a logo.

My InDesign instructor referred to me as his “star student” today then handed me another project that had to be done in under 2 hours (from concept to final). I did it.

This doesn’t even touch the surface of everything that went on today. There were so many students working together; giving feedback to each other… it was just amazing!

I left campus with such a feeling of excitement and accomplishment! I know I started this day out as a nervous wreck, but I liken it to a bit of stage fright. Once I got into the wings and stepped out onstage, that was the best show, ever!

Image from RadioTimes with Marty Moss-Coane
Image from RadioTimes with Marty Moss-Coane

A case of the nerves this morning

I don’t have much time to write. I have to leave in about 15 minutes. Geez, I don’t even have time to run a grammar check on this. :/

Our campus holds an annual “Design Charrette”, where non-profit organizations come in and meet with the students, and we get the opportunity to design any work they need done. Some of us were lucky and were paired up with a client earlier this week. I was one of the lucky ones. 🙂

I get to meet my client today and OMG I’m just a basket of nerves!

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I’ll update you on my client and the entire experience tonight. Meanwhile, it’s about time to go. Wish me luck!