Megan + Amazing Coaster Toss

It’s not a brick.

and after only 5 hours.. i managed to do it! determination + patience are a pretty kickass traits to have. I had to go through the damn reformatting process so many times because i always messed it up. Come to find out as the time ticks on and the night gets brighter, this is what I began to see:

now i’m a zombie. off to Cotes Kokes now!

Kiwi Photoshoot

Bryan + Luke + I went out for a photo shoot tonight. Luke did a great job. See for yourself:

Christine Vo + Bryan Davidson

Tanner Springs Park

Tanner Springs Park

Hello Livengood!

Groupie photo!

Groupie photo!

Okay. So I’m not gonna lie… I’ve spent two days at Livengood|Nowack and they are disgustingly badass! I love the people I work with and have already experienced my first REAL photoshoot.

Day 01 - Photoshoot

Day 01 - Photoshoot

I haven’t gotten to work with the most exciting work YET but atleast I’m not doing the typical intern thing: making copies… getting coffee… doing dishes… Gotta be thankful for that. Here is what has amazed me about Livengood. First thing’s first… the space that they’ve got is super cool. It’s got pretty much two floors of all this open space. They decorate it with some bottles of liquor and random stuff they’ve collected thoughout the years from the work that they’ve done. One thing I have to mention is the temperature there is perfect! I say this because you would think it’s not a big deal but seriously, EVERYWHERE.. Including school has some of the craziest temperature settings. One minute it’d be freezing cold and then it’d be a sauna. I noticed this today as I was sitting downstairs with 90 degree weather outside. So good job L|N! 😀 Second thing that really stuck out to me were the people. They are Sooo nice! The first time I came to their agency was last friday when they had a little get together and I already felt like part of the L|N family. Everyone was super laid back and really knows how to make work fun. They work hard and def play hard. I’ll just leave it at that. 😉

Vo's Special Fried Rice

Vo's Special Fried Rice

The first day was spent with Zoe(art director) + Becky(Account Manager) + Am(Designer) at Polara for a photoshoot. It was a great time for me to ask them a ton of questions and get to know one another better. It actually felt like we had known each other for way longer than just a few hours which is awesome. We came back for lunch and this is something that I thought was super cool because EVERYONE got together in the conference room and had lunch together. People would bring in a dish and we all gathered around this big table for a tasty lunch. (I ended up making Vo’s special fried rice. ;D. – Vegetarian & Pork) I thought this really showed their agency values and the family vibe which I absolutely love. After lunch I was assigned a project and then again left to the photoshoot. This time it was only Zoe + Becky + myself… this just means.. GIRL TIME. hehe. These two are super cool. I was able to show them my portfolio and talk to them and of course pick their brains a little more. We were there at the studio until 5:30P and Becky got me back to school on time for class.

First day - Lunch!

First day - Lunch!

The next day I had an 8A meeting with Craig Trames from Corragio Group. Very nice guy and looking forward to working with him in the near future. Walked to Livengood and got there 4 minutes late. OOPS. I’ll make it up tomorrow. 🙂 So first thing at work this morning, I continued working on the assigned project from yesterday and then recieved one of the most exciting tasks yet! Photo-hunting… yeah.. right? hehe, it needed to be done so there I was searching away. Took a good few hours and then went back to my main project. Pretty successful so far. Tomorrow I’ll be expanding on the concepts and pitching it to L|N’s Creative Director, Rick. Wish me luck 😀

Okay so in wrapping this blog up, I have to to say that this place has really made me feel comfortable and everyone is overall pretty approachable. I have yet to find out the stuff I don’t like about them and I still have six days to figure that out. Do trust that I’ll be back for an update on these guys. Lets hope it stays this way 🙂 Thanks for checkin in! Here are some photos for you to go through.

good lord.. blogging is so time consuming!!!

BramPitoyo + CaseOrganic interviews CVo + Kim Karalekas

Smile. It's contagious...

Smile. It's contagious

Tune into Hazelnut-Tech-Talk. A podcast brought to you by two of the most inspiring and tech-saavy genius’s I know {BramPitoyo + CaseOrganic}. They interviewed both Kim and I this weekend about COLABORATORY and got the inside scoop on our experiences. Check it out.

Christine Vo + Kim Karalekas COLAB Interview

beautiful day for a podcast recording

Tips for laying out a “graphic design” portfolio

Tonight was the third week of my portfolio class and this was really valuable in my book of useful information so I’m here to share. Thank you Dale Gronso for reviewing this with us!

  1. Be careful with the personal identity details coming throughout the book
  2. Ultimate Goal: SHOW OFF YOUR WORK
  3. Bare minimum descriptions: Only says: client, project + size (putting title only is not good enough. Need to give an idea of how big the products are and descriptions to give people a good idea. Great for when you have to drop off your portfolio)
  4. Must be CONSISTENT! from outline size + color to alignment to spacing. Whatever the rules you set for yourself for the grid of your book… Follow them rigorously.
  5. How do you present that variety through the structure and layout of your page?
  6. Try your best to show your work closest to 100%.
  7. If labeling, do it discreetly
  8. When displaying spreads of magazine, only show a few that really gives the look and feel and if asked, show the whole publication at hand.
  9. If environmental piece is shown, show a scale comparison. (human + object)
  10. Be careful with the drop shadows!!! Make sure it’s nice and subtle.
  11. Description type should be simple, clean and easy to read. Also make sure it’s consistent your personal brand.
  12. Be careful with detail shots if they’re used. Make sure the zoomed in size is at 100%. If you don’t need the detail shot, don’t show it! Don’t do it just because you can.
  13. Descriptions should be roughly the same length, placed in the same place.
  14. Make sure that your space is used effectively. Don’t make the work so small.
  15. Don’t show process on EVERY piece if you’re planning on showing it at all

Wrap up @ Pop Art

Kim Karalekas & I talk about our third week of COLAB.