I was lucky enough to meet Jane Riley in person a few years back at Designer Vaca. She’s down to earth, sweet, and is a wildly talented designer, too! In fact, if you’ve ever visited Clementine Daily or Bleubird’s blog, you’ve already seen her work. ;) It’s all very well thought out and nice on the eyes! For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING
I woke up at 5am to babies crying for me. My oldest (2 yrs) was crying because he was hungry and needed to go to the bathroom. My youngest (1 yr) was upset because he has a cold and wanted to be held. I gave the oldest a piece of bread and held my baby in a big chair in the corner of their room until they decided they could go back to sleep for another half hour… then we were all up at 6AM and racing to get ready for the day.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED
I have a client whose project has been dragging on for a while. I am usually so good at keeping clients on task and making sure that we hit deadlines but this one really took some crazy turns that I didn’t anticipate. Content wasn’t ready, multiple revisions were made outside of the scope of the project, etc. I’m totally not complaining about this at all, because it happens and I want other designers to know that this is pretty normal and not a reason to feel like a failure – it’s just a challenge. Today I had to re-write the original invoice / contract in order to postpone the last portion of the project until an unknown later date when the client will hopefully have all of their content together. The challenge was deciding if closing this project and starting again at a later date was the right thing to do. It felt really good to me so that is what I decided would be the best plan of action.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT
I was able to connect with a super cool client and put them on my 2015 calendar! Wahoo! It’s always validating when fun interesting creative people choose to work with you!
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED
I don’t know if I learned this today – more like I realized today that I have learned this over the last few months: I really love working and being busy. I used to complain about having too much to do and working too much but the truth is that I love it. I feel antsy and restless when I’m not being productive. It feels really good to have a job that is both fun and challenging. I realized today that I have come to really LOVE being productive and working hard.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK
Before I go to bed at night I usually read over emails that came in during the afternoon. I don’t work in the afternoon because I am taking my kids to the park or to the zoo or running errands with them and don’t want to divide my attention. So before I go to bed I read through all of the afternoon emails, I get some of the little things done, or send quick responses to clients that need to hear from me and then I make a to-do list for the morning. If I don’t write stuff down I will totally forget.
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY
I snuck a few pieces of my kids halloween candy while they weren’t looking. :) We are currently using it as potty training incentive but I give my self a piece when the day gets rough!
I’ve been following the work of Ana Degenaar since the beginning of my blogging days. Since then, we’ve kept in touch and even collaborated a few times. Not only does this lady have an impeccable eye and great taste, but every time we catch up, I’m floored by Ana’s genuine + sweet personality, too. For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : No “Rise and shiiine!” for me this morning. I woke up at 5:00am on my own steam. A cup of tea on my deck while going through my personal emails did the trick. Following that, I closed my eyes for a few brief moments as focused on my daily intentions. Then off to a slow canter.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : Today was one of those days – a 13 hour workday. On a Friday. Just pausing for a minute to remember if I’m superstitious… No! Off to a gallop. Emails were coming in late and the day never seemed to slow back down at any point. I had appointments and all kinds of commitments tugging at me – a little hard to catch a breather – but the toughest punch in the gut was realizing that 2 of my camera lenses had broken in the move. I swore at nothing and no one and moved on with my busy day… I did want to set fire to the rain and watch it burn, but alas, it was a sunny day in the tropics.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT : I wrapped up a website for a new client who I’ve come to adore. We went through days and weeks of designing, talking and sketching – and today I finally started the developing phase. We couldn’t be happier. In the process I got to know her and that’s more valuable to me than anything else.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : I learned that those little things I do, like having little bits of inspiration scattered all around my house are the very things that keep my passion alive. I also learned to cut myself some slack and understand there’s a limit to my energy and my time. Very liberating.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : I replied to a couple of emails and went down to the post office to send my clients a few packages. Snail mail and email. A bit of the old and the new. I’m always astonished at how my clients and I become so close – and that makes me love my job that much more.
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : I headed down to the beach for sunset, picked up some food and walked back home to eat and watch an episode of my favorite series. I haven’t been eating out that much lately, so that was a little respite from my busy schedule.
I’ve been following the work of David Schwen, a creative director and designer from Minneapolis, for some time now. Being a designer myself, his studio portfolio is definitely eye candy and one that I love catching up with. I promise, you’ll enjoy all the color and inspiring concepts!! Plus, he’s the first male feature for Creative Diaries, so this one is a bit special. For this creative diary entry, he was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : I am out in LA for the time being, working at GOOD Magazine for a week as an artist in residency. Since I’m still on Minneapolis time, I woke up very early and went for a nice long walk. It was great to see LA before LA even woke up. Very peaceful and serene as the sun started to rise.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : It’s actually not a creative challenge, but a very practical challenge. As I was heading out the door, the button on my pants came off. I had to scramble to get a sewing kit to quickly fix my pants before I left. *just a note* the button was already loose, not because it popped off from my waste size being too big for my pants.
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT : Starting out on my first illustration at GOOD, I was able to come up with a solid sketched idea that I was happy about, for one of the editorial features. It’s pretty interesting being inside of a studio and agency again, after I’ve been so used to working at Dschwen for a while now.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : It’s easy to get caught up in working on projects and trying to find new projects. Today I learned that I need to take more time observing what’s around me. While on my walk this morning, I found a perfect constructed smiley face on the sidewalk, created out of smashed gum, a random object and a leaf. I didn’t alter it at all, and was very amused with my find.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : I had to work on another project for a client while out here in LA. I brought some materials to experiment with — but I had a lot of fun getting my hands dirty, creating textures and mark-making for an identity project.
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : I was able to enjoy some very tasty LA famous tacos from a food truck over lunch. So good, that I didn’t have time to take a photo before they were eaten.