I’ll Be Back
September 3, 2008, 7:44 pm
Filed under: Art, Blogging, Blogs, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Informal, Life, Personal Work, Work

Everyday I find myself lost in the endless abyss of blog posts coated in a sweet flavor of inspiration and I think to myself, I could do this all day! I typically save images, organize them in folders to one day post on my blog for nearly 300 readers a day and I then ponder, is this the most productive way I could be spending my time. My traffic stays fairly consistent and I’m not getting paid to do such a thing. But really, what should you expect from sitting on your ass and surfing the web all day?

It’s a realization of mine that I’ve become increasingly more accustomed to “viewing” brilliant design rather than “making” it and that should be a huge red flag. At what capacity do you try to balance inspiration and the act of designing? What I thought was a fairly even balance has slowly transitioned into an unhealthy craving to view outstanding pieces of work rather than making it and it’s an interesting to me. I believe a large part of this has to do with the progression and improvement of the internet and I could only assume that there are many other creatives falling into the same dilemma, almost a “internet addiction,” if you will.

So, I always wonder how I would prosper from a separation from the web and a step back to the days of pencil to paper? With that said, I would like to mention that I plan on taking a hiatus from blogging. I find it so addictive and extremely entertaining, but I have multiple projects I’ve had on my plate for a while now that aren’t being touched.

I appreciate the support of my readers and I assure you that I will be back soon enough along with a snazzy new blog layout. Please do me and yourself the favor of jumping around the archives of this blog as there are plenty of links that will most certainly interest you. Feel free to contact me as well! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter of the introduction of the World Wide Web and its effects on your own personal creative work. Even with a slightly busy schedule, I’m very open to freelance work, please e-mail me at ryhaigh@yahoo.com if you’re interested and take a look at my Coroflot profile to get a better sense of my work as well.

Warm Regards,
R

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*Caution: The following links contain offensive language. If you are easily offended or don’t believe you can experience the following project with an open mind, then DO NOT bother clicking on the above images.

This project started off as a fascination with the profane. When was it created? How did vulgar language ever originate? Who is to designate the combination of a few letters as offensive? Upon further research it turned out that there were various stories behind the words we regard as profane. Whether it was an acronym or a term placed upon those of lower class value by a King or Queen, there were multiple stories (whose accuracy may be argued) that accompanied each word.

The fascination with these words began to evolve and eventually took shape within my Senior Projects class, a senior graphic design class at RIT that was designed to let the students focus on a project they wished to add to their portfolio.

It must be understood that the focus of these projects was not to offend or stir up any bad attitudes. I simply am questioning the level of offense and the strength of each word’s meaning according to different contexts. Just the mere viewing of the word raises various reactions, but it may be safe to say that the majority of reactions circulates around shock and awe.

By taking profanity and placing the words within a different context than is expected, we realize that these are just words, a simple combination of letters from our alphabet that take upon dual meanings.

These words are only as offensive as we make them.



Qufoto

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For those looking to set up a online portfolio site, without the knowledge of HTML, Actionscript, Flash, and numerous other goodies, you’re in LUCK! Qufoto is a great, inexpensive website provider that sets you up with simple templates, and you upload the rest. The functionality of each site is smooth and sophisticated, so it’s worth a look.

*The above image is a portfolio that utilizes a Qufoto template (and features some very beautiful photos as well).



Cueball Incorporated
February 6, 2008, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Art, Blogging, Blogs, Design, Entertainment, Graphic Design, Personal Work, Photography

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Photo Credit – Kristen Kochanski

I wanted to include some personal work of mine quickly. Seeing as I typically don’t have enough time to create many blog posts, I figured I would support my suggestive busy schedule, with some work I’ve created this year. The work you see was an approach to a hypothetical hair loss product. The product was called Folli and the ad campaign features three gentlemen, of various age demographics, who have gone to great lengths to cover up their embarrassing bald spots. The tagline says, “Who Were you Kidding Anyways?” and also features a bottle of the product in each separate image. Some touch ups remain, but it’s nearly finalized. Constructive criticism would be appreciated.

*Fun Fact-The older gentleman with the mop on his head is my grandfather and the gentleman with the grass on his head is actually my father. Shout out to them for helping me out.



Robots & Video Games.
November 27, 2007, 2:26 am
Filed under: Art, Clothing, Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, Illustration, Personal Work, T-Shirts

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I was asked to provide a t-shirt design to benefit the Senior Graphic Design show, which occurs at the end of this school year. I gladly took the offer and supported this design for the “Work in Progress” theme that is going to be applied to the show itself. The design features a deconstructed robot with dotted arrows directing each part to the right location. There are still a handful of t-shirts left, so if someone is dying to snag this design, drop me a message or an e-mail and I’ll see what I can do.

video game cords

If I remember correctly, this was a design submitted to a Bang Bang T-shirts design competition at the end of summer relating to, what else, video games. I titled this little treat, “I Wish I Had Wireless.” Too bad I didn’t win, boooo.



The History of “Snaggletoof”
November 21, 2007, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Art, Art Direction, Design, Graphic Design, Informal, Personal Work

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The legend of Snaggletoof is a long and epic one. Well not really and many of you might be saying, “What the hell are you talking about kid.” Fair enough. Allow me to elaborate. The graphic you see before you, is a personal identity I’ve created for myself due to a nickname as well as my personal characteristics. As I’m about to embark on the “real world” in a handful of months, it was necessary to create a personal logo that I could include with my work as well as create promotional material pertaining to that personality, my personality as a designer as well as an individual.

I began brainstorming and was instructed that I was not allowed to use my own initials to create the logo (that tends to be very tacky and hardly unique). I put some ideas together that pertained to my graphic style, my love for hands-on projects as well as aesthetics (think sketched out type as opposed to your 10 pt sized Helvetica), as well as my sense of humor. Quite literally I believe the smile directly applies to that sense of humor as well as my graphic style of design. But now, onto the story of the snaggletooth you may notice.

Way back when, when I was a young lad, or…two years ago, I worked with a bunch of goofballs at a local pizzeria. For whatever reason, they called me Snaggletooth and Haighletooth (Haigh is my last name). I couldn’t tell you why, I have a fine set of chompers, floss every day, brush maybe once a week on a good week. Perfect set of teeth I tell you. Regardless, the name stuck, most likely because of its irony and ridiculous qualities and the fact that it was fun to say. So I said to myself, why not, why not make a logo pertaining to my nickname, something very personal and unique to me as an individual and run with it. There it is…Snaggletoof, in all its glory.

So now you can take a look at that word bubble in “The Big Chase” and say, “Ohhhh, now I get it!” For those of you with a Coroflot or 5oup account (both which all artists should look into in order to showcase your work to a large community of designers), you can find me under that alias. Hey, if you ever see me on the streets, maybe even throw out a “Snaggletooooof.” I might just say hi back and throw you a high five, maybe some low fives.



Recognition & Respect

They are two essential goodies every designer looks and hopes for. Now, I can’t offer too many step by step instructions when it comes to gaining such things, however I do have my own beliefs. I find taking any opportunity to showcase your work and receive feedback as well as recognition, could only help in the long run. As I’m about to embark on my senior year of college, the challenge of creating innovative, creative, and suitable work for the many employers I may meet is in the back of my head. I think it’s safe to say it’s in the back of every senior’s head. But what can you do to separate yourself from the rest of the pack, what can you do to get a head start? Well I’m hoping getting your name out there is one of best options. I’ve compiled a list of artistic communities which allow you to upload your portfolio, add friends, comment on other individuals’ pieces of work, as well as establish many branches of support and communication.

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1. Coroflot

We’ll start with one of the biggest communities for college student portfolios. Coroflot enables users to load assortments of work as well as look for job opportunities on their job board. You can also join and endless amount of groups that may appeal to different aspects of design (i.e. Industrial, Graphic Design, Freelancers Inc., etc.). Coroflot also allows you to see how many people have looked at each jpg., along with the visits to your portfolio page.

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2. 5oup

Equally as strong as Coroflot, 5oup showcases some of the best designers in the world emerging from college. 5oup also offers plenty of neat groups you can join along with the never ending access to thousands of portfolios and plenty of feedback from intrigued viewers. Hey, if you impress some people on 5oup, you may even end up as the featured profile on the front page.

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3. Creative Binge

I happen to like this last link a lot. Creative Binge may not be as structurally sound as the first two, it might not have as many users, but it’s under the radar and it offers a much smaller pool of designers to be involved in. I find that even though the caliber of designers that may be included in this site isn’t quite up to par with the other two sites, it offers you a better possibility of being recognized. The site offers a different approach than the past two, in which users can vote on pieces of work in everyone’s profile, and based upon that rating, you’ll be organized by design from best to worst score. Creative Binge also offers a featured profile on the front page, which I always love to see. I also feel the site will continue to prosper and is worth taking the time to upload a portfolio.

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So lets get serious here folks, are you really doing that much work this summer? Take a half hour each day and upload a portfolio to each site. You’re only helping yourself.