New Semester, New Post

Hi everyone! I was on somewhat of a hiatus this summer which wasn’t necessarily intentional. This blog mostly functions as a kind of school blog but I usually try to make posts even when I’m not in school because I like sharing things with you guys. This summer I was pretty busy, I was working a lot and when I wasn’t working I was trying to enjoy the summer with my leftover time. That being said I really didn’t do much on the artsy side or writing side for that matter either. However, I wasn’t gone, I’ve been trying to go on Twitter more often and try to make a somewhat interesting tweet. By the way if you haven’t followed me on Twitter please feel free to do so @melfranco17 and send me a message or two!

My goals for this semester are to start working on ways to develop my style more and expand my portfolio. At this point I’m not completely worried about my portfolio but I definitely think I need to start focusing on it more. What I had a hard time on during the summer¬†was coming with projects to create. I really wanted to do simple projects so that I could have a couple of small items instead of a larger project since I was low on time. I guess the good thing about school is that time is more balanced and scheduled, at least for me. I’d like to keep doing mini projects along the way not only for fun but so hopefully something will come from them. I’m thinking more like postcards, posters for events, even maybe some promotional-like items, who knows! Also, I promise to have much more interesting posts with pretty pictures soon! Until next time guys!

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It’s all in the Fine Print

Hey everyone! This is going to be a quick post but I thought the topic was kind of interesting so I wanted to talk about it. We’ve been talking a lot about the business aspect of being a graphic designer in my Graphic Design 1 class lately and I felt that this kind of touches on that. A student has come up with a way to save money but investigating how font contributes to the cost of print. I know this may be my inner Typography nerd coming out but come on, tell me you don’t find this at least a little interesting.

According to his research he found that using certain fonts affected how much the printing cost would because of how much ink is used for certain letters. Depending on the font that was used by his school they would end up paying double for the same amount of words just because of the typeface they chose. As a graphic design student I’m always looking for ways to save a little money without sacrificing quality so this really interested me. His findings caught the right amount of attention and he not only found a way for his school to save money but also the government! Thank you sir! Anyway, I will link the article below so you guys can learn more about this if you want. Like I said before this was a short post but hopefully an informative one if you even need to keep something in mind about printing costs!

Link:¬†http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/your-font-is-showing–student-comes-up-with-plan-to-save-u-s–big-bucks-192231144.html