HALFWAY THERE!!

Alright, so once a week seems to be a little too hard, so maybe I’ll do one after each class. Maybe that’s a little more doable with my busy schedule.

This month has been really hard, and one of the more challenging classes I’ve had. The material is challenging because it’s all about motion graphics, with which I have ZERO experience. To the point that I had never even seen the interface of the programs we were going to be using, and didn’t have them downloaded yet until I started the class. So that was fun.

The most challenging part about it is that I have cool ideas for how to animate my logos, but I have absolutely no idea how to make it work. It’s almost like when your arm falls asleep while you’re sleeping and you wake up in the morning trying so hard to make it move and you just can’t. Or in high school, you dream about the cutie who sits in front of you in English class and have daydreams about what your wedding colors will be, but you physically cannot speak to them at all.

Yeah, kind of like that.

So I’ve been trying to learn two new programs, on top of my actual job. Oh right, I still have that. The professor is very patient and I think he realizes that some of us are more proficient in some Adobe programs than in others, but I keep feeling like I should be producing professional, industry standard animations, and I’m just not that kind of designer. I don’t want to do motion graphics, I want to design pretty things to go on billboards, magazine covers, cereal boxes.

Side note, I really want to design the games on the back of Cap’n Crunch. That would be SOO rad.

Ok, back to reality. I am starting to have a few annoyances with my program, which I think anyone, anywhere is going to have with any program. I’m feeling like this is a general design class with an emphasis in research and rationale, and not a masters program. We’re spending a little time on a lot of things, and by the time I feel like I’ve gotten a handle on my project, it’s due and the class is over. Then another class with another professor and another subject. It’s a little frustrating, but that’s what I get I guess.

But until June, this is my life. Homework, flying, teaching, wine, and repeat.