Personal 100

Assignment: Make 100

This was one of my first projects in the Visual Communications program. While this assignment didn’t so much focus on the digital realm of Adobe land which future classes (and future employers) require, this task was rooted in theme and variation.

It took me quite some time to figure out what I wanted to do. Creating 100 of anything can become tedious and flat. At first I was going to do 100 [GOLD] Squad banners. At 510 pixels by 126 pixels, these are digital images crafted for use in my [GOLD] Squad servers. This isn’t the reason that this server became the most popular Battlefield 4 server on Xbox One, but just goes to show it’s been seen by tens of thousands of people. I backed off this idea, however, because the [GOLD] Squad server had been active for 3-4 years prior to this project starting and I had designed close to 75 banners already at the time of this project. That’d would’ve been a little too easy, and over half the work had already been completed. Plus, doing strictly digital work can just kill a creative process. I’ll start worrying about kerning between 2 letters more than making, or the creative process in getting there, and that’s just ridiculous. When I switch from manual work (aka art) and start getting on my computer, that means the creative work is nearing finish. Don’t get me wrong, I love Adobe Illustrator, XD, Photoshop and InDesign, but I wanted this to be something more creative and art related than Adobe and digital related.

personal 100 project summary and overview.
Official document: my scanned copy of the project brief

“What do I want to get out of this? To create a kick ass project I can be proud of.”

T. Bates, Summary Proposal paper.

I intend on coming back to this portfolio pages to editing the content, images, and gallery. But for now these are the Personal 100-related images I found on my wordpress media server. While this isn’t nearly the extent of images I have, this is what I’m posting for the time being so I can move forward with the rest of my site.

I hope you get something out of viewing this portfolio project of mine. During this project I went back to what initially piqued my curiosity and launched me into the graphic design world: typography and calligraphy. I cherish this project. I still have it, and am super proud of.

This also goes to show that yes, I can do digital artwork, layouts and graphics. That’s great, but there’s a creative mind behind that screen, and this is what I do by default.

Published by T. Bates

Visual Communications Student graphics | design | art | gaming [GOLD] Squad Founder: a registered Battlefield 4 platoon.

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