My First Week at Sports 55

Posted in Internship on March 1, 2010 by comegitsome

So Friday finished off the week for me at Sports 55. My first day was pretty slow and boring. I didn’t really do much at all. In fact, I was a little disappointed. But it got better.

My second day (Wednesday) went a lot better. Well..kind of. I walked in to have the foul odor of fecal matter greet my nose. They had a plumber working on the bathroom and I think a pipe exploded. So the whole place smelled like crap. It was lovely. The best part was that the office I was working in was right next to the bathroom. At one point someone came in the office to ask my supervisor if they could ask the plumber to not walk through their dept. because he was spilling buckets on the floor as he carried them outside. Wow. It was an interesting day. But all that aside, I was actually given some work to do. The smell eventually faded so it wasn’t too bad. I was given some logos that had to be prepped to be embroidered. Basically I would open up the customers file and pull their logos from their art mock-ups. I would then make sure that they would work ok with the stitching. It involved just making sure there wasn’t too much detail, checking to make sure that borders were thick enough, etc. If there is too much tiny detail it will come out looking sloppy. I was given one to do and I quickly breezed through it. Then i was given 3 more. Again i had no problems and knocked it out in a few minutes. The lady training my then realized I was no rookie so she gave me a stack of logos to do. So i started doing them one by one. Eventually she left for the day so I had an office all to myself. It was pretty cool. I’ve never had that before. It took me about an hour and a half to finish them all and then i went home for the day.

Day 3 was my best day by far. I came in and found the owner/my supervisor so he could give me some work to do. He took me to the lady i was working with the day before to see if she had more logos to do. She said no because I did it all the other day. She was all caught up. I think she was very happy about that. So he took me over to the art manager and got him to train me how to set up vinyl logos. Vinyl is kind of like iron on stuff. Except it lasts longer and looks more like a screen print. Basically I would pull team logos and place them into a document that would be print ready. It was just squeezing logos and numbers onto a 14×40 document that would be printed onto sheets of vinyl material. Super easy stuff. Again i breezed through it and finished it all with time to spare. So I think they started figuring out that im pretty good at what I do so the art manager decided to give me a real project.

The funnest thing a designer can do at Sports 55 is do jersey mockups. Thats basically taking a jersey template and designing the whole shirt from colors, to the logo, etc. He showed me a customer order and basically said have at it. Normally, a customer will request a certain logo type, ideas, font types, or something like that. But this particular person gave us a color scheme and that was it. So i could do whatever I wanted. There are only 3 other people there that do the artwork like that. Everyone else just works off the artwork that they created. So i felt very fortunate that I was given the opportunity to work on one. The plan was to let me work with the software a few weeks until I learned it well enough before I started working on the mock-ups. But I guess they saw that I was picking it up really quickly and decided to give me a shot.

It took me a couple hours to do the artwork but I got it done. It wasn’t as good as what the other people there have done but I was proud of it. For it being my first go at it I think i did a pretty good job. This week I will find out what the customer thought of it. Hopefully they were happy with it. Or at least mostly happy. There are always things they want changed but I will feel pretty good if they liked the overall design. If im allowed, I will post a picture of it on here.

This blog was pretty long so ill keep the future ones shorter. There was just a lot that went on this week.

Brian Out.

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Week 6 of Web Design

Posted in Web Design on March 1, 2010 by comegitsome

Week 6 was another fun week. We were able to do some more work on our banners which was fun. Im pretty happy with how mine came out. Its a little plain but i figured that I didn’t want it to be too distracting. I also enjoyed the resume assignment. I really like doing the html coding. As I said in a previous post, I think I like it more than I thought I would.

We learned alot more about CSS this week. Before this week it was mostly learning about it and not really applying it. This week we got to put it into action. The reading that had CSS overview really helped out alot. It provided a lot of useful information. Its all starting to come together. Im learning alot about html and how it works. CSS was a mystery to me before. I didn’t know what it meant and how it was used but im starting to understand how useful it is. Also, im really starting to LOVE Dreamweaver. It literally takes seconds to connect to the FTP and upload files. It’s so easy a caveman could do it.

Here are the articles we read. Very interesting stuff.

Good Web Design

Breadcrumbs!

Redesign Tips

Brian Out.

First Day of Internship

Posted in Internship on February 23, 2010 by comegitsome

Yesterday was my first day at Sports 55. They design and create uniforms for sports teams. As well as hats, pants, shorts, towels, etc.

They have brough me on to work in the art department. They use Corel DrawX3. I am unfamiliar with this program but its similar to Adobe Illustrator. For the time being, i will be assisting in preparing designs to be embroidered. This usually means I will take a design and alter it so that it will work on a small hat or shirt. After I am comfortable with using the program, they may have me actually start doing some designing of uniforms and such.

My first day was pretty boring. In fact, it was one of the more boring first days ever. It was basically just a lot of watching. I sat in the art department and watched people work on the computers. I learn better from doing hands-on stuff. It would have been better if they game me a sample project and said here do this and ask us if you have any questions. So for almost 2 hours, I sat and watched people work on the computers with absolutley nothing to do for myself. Eventually someone suggested I hop on the computer and try it myself. So I did, but after only working for about 15 minutes, the owner came and got me and brought me into the embroidery department.

Again I had to do more watching. But this time I learned a little more because I was taught how to prepare the designs. After doing that for about 20 minutes, I was taken to the room where the merchandise is actually stitched. The manager left me there for about 45 minutes and told me to just watch. It was very boring. I had nothing to do but watch machines stitch logos on hats. It would have been just as helpful if I were in there for 5 minutes. I saw how it worked. I think they just kept forgetting about me.

I was taken back to a computer and shown a few more things about embroidery and then was told I could go back to the art dept. and work some more on the computer. The owner told me I could work til whenever so i checked the time and decided i would only stay another 20 minutes. It had been a very boring day and I was ready to go home. Hopefully, as they integrate me more in their plans, i will be given more work to do. Once i have a full plate of projects lined up to do, i will be much happier and will enjoy working there more.

Ill post another blog at the end of the week after i’ve had a few more days under my belt.

Brian Out.

-Come Git Some!

Week 5 of Web Design

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2010 by comegitsome

This was a good week. We were able to do some designing of our own with the banner comps. I enjoy doing stuff like that. We were introduced to the final project which is basically creating an entire website. Im really excited about that. Especially because I think im going to create a new portfolio site for myself which I really need.

We reviewed CSS this week. Which was good because it helped reinforce what I learned before. We were introduced to imagemaps. Which are very usual on the web today. They are useful for making clickable areas in images that can be used in a variety of ways. I enjoyed the reading on texture. I am borrowing a book from a friend of mine so everytime I take the quizzes i draw a blank but i did enjoy the chapter. Texture is really what makes a website pop visually. The Top Ten Web Mistakes was a great read too. It definitely helped me realize some common mistakes that I could be prone to make. The Text Links was also helpful in the same way. I always thought rollover links were kind of useless anyways because as soon as you see your mouse pointer change, you know its a link.  I had the misconception that it was the right thing to do though. Now i know better!

As far as the image optimization goes, much of it was a review. Ive gotten pretty used to knowing how to save an image for the web while doing myspaces and such. However, I was unaware of the export wizard. I found that very helpful. I like how you can bring the 4-up view up and tweak the settings as much as possible to see just how small you can get the file. Very neat.

On a side note, im pretty used to the workflow now. It was a little hard at first but it’s gotten alot less confusing. Im looking forward to learning more.

Brian Out.

COME GIT SOME!

Final Project Proposals

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2010 by comegitsome

1. New Portfolio Site for Myself

Right now I have a portfolio site at www.briansnyderdesign.com. Its built using a flash based design program. I can’t really do a whole lot with it and I would love to give it an upgrade. As a graphic designer I feel that my site should be both attractive and functional. I would also feel very proud knowing that I built my entire site using HTML that I created. On the site will be several sections. An about page,  a portfolio page for my design, a portfolio page for my photography, possibly a page with my resume, and a contact page. I have tons of photographs and designs I will use. I might do something where i have a section for 8 to 10 of my best from design, and from photography. And then have sections where I include ALL my best work incase people are really interested and want to see more.

2. Maryland Music Scene

This is an idea for a website that myself and a friend have had for a long time. A close friend runs a production company called Falling Star Productions that puts on shows featuring local musicians. He has been wanting to do an e-mag type thing where he monthly issues about the Maryland local music scene. I would create a website for it as well as the first issue (the magazine itself is more of a side project). The whole site wouldn’t be just a magazine. The magazine would just be one or 2 pages worth. There would be a page that has links for bands. A page for shows in the area, local record labels, etc. It would contain all the information that both fans and musicians would need about the music scene. I would use mostly information from the internet from sites like myspace and facebook. Get info on shows, bands, etc. I have photographed a lot of concerts so I could use alot of that for stock photography throughout the site. It’s something that i think could be very fun to do…as well as challenging.

Week 4 of Web Design

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2010 by comegitsome

There was alot of information to take in this week. We did alot more with Fireworks and basically just used Dreamweaver to upload files. We are starting to get more into the actual artist design of a website was nice. I really liked the lecture and reading on color. I found it very informative.

We reviewed alot on Fireworks but its good because I was still feeling a little confused. Its starting to come together more. I was really confused about creating shapes after the CAT274 instructions but it became a little clearer after going through the practice files. After going through this videos im learning alot more about the interfaces then i thought i would. I didn’t know how useful they were. Especially the 2up and 4up views. They are great for optimization.

Im really starting to enjoy writing out HTML. I thought it would be kind of boring. I use it when i make myspaces but its alot more fun when you know you are creating something from scratch. I just also downloaded notepad++. Ive been using wordpad and i like how notepad++ gives you the line numbers and what not. And color codes everything. We are learning ALOT of information and I feel like if i was tested right now i wouldnt remember all of it. But we seem to be using all the info we learn each week more and more as we go on so by the end of the class I feel like I will really have a good idea of what im doing. I cant wait to do more!

Heres the Vids!

Fireworks Intro

Fireworks Interface

Importing and Exporting

Smart Guides

Kuler Color

Styles and Symbols

COME GIT SOME!

Week 3 of Web Design

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2010 by comegitsome

This week we learned alot of different things. The thing that stuck out the most to me was the introduction of Adobe Fireworks. I never knew what this program was used for up until this week. It combines elements of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and more. It is best used to create web mock-ups to setup the look of a page before it is actually created in Dreamweaver.

There was a review on link types (absolute and relative) and we were introduced to the 3 main image formats. JPEG, PNG, and GIF. Jpegs are used for images with a wide range of colors such as photographs. However, they are compressed and each time they are changed and saved, they lose image information. PNG and GIF files are used for images with less color variation. They are good for simple images such as logos, simple graphics, and text. GIF files also support animations. We also were showed the different ways you can display and image on a page. A big part of this weeks lesson was image optimization. What i got from it is that your goal is to achieve the best image quality possible, while keeping file size as small as possible. Jpegs usually require alot of compression is this will make the image quality go down.

One of the more interesting parts to me was the reading from our book. I learned alot about layout and composition. I know what websites are well made and attractive but i never really saw all of the elements that go into it. The most useful information was the grid theory/golden ration/rule of thirds stuff. It really organizes a page that keeps it easy to navigate and attractive. I also learned about the important elements that make a good page (Balance, Unity, Repetition, Emphasis, Contrast, etc.)

It was definetly alot of information to take in this week. I did like the Kona page assignment. We kind of created our own mini site. Also I really liked the video that showed us how to customize our workspace in Fireworks. It really makes it easy to work the way you want. And it can be applied to almost all of the Adobe CS4 programs. The lynda files were kind of boring this week but I gained alot of knowledge about Fireworks through them.

Below are all the video links from this week.

DREAMWEAVER STUFF!

 http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-dreamweaver-cs4/getting-started-05-styling-text/

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-dreamweaver-cs4/getting-started-04-adding-text-and-images/

FIREWORKS STUFF!

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-fireworks-cs4/managing-design-suite-workspaces/

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-fireworks-cs4/getting-started-01-understanding-fireworks/

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-fireworks-cs4/getting-started-02-the-fireworks-interface/

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-fireworks-cs4/importing-files-into-fireworks/ 

Brian Out!