Good things about working on Labor Day:
- NO traffic. I’ve never seen Sigalert this green before, ever. My commute took about 1/3 the time.
- Getting paid (please don’t remind me that other people in the world get paid without working).
- Not having a three day weekend to recover from.
- Getting out of doing the laundry.
- Mm, yeah, that’s about it…
…law firms are feeling it too. It is a good time to be at the top of your class. G is in the midst of the callback interview process for next-summer internships, which means day-long interviews, a lot of time spent in a suit, and flying and dining on the firm’s dime (one of the many, many differences between the architecture and law professions- but that’s for another post).
In other economic news, my dad was laid off this week after 39 years with the same company- only a few years before retirement- and major cuts are happening at my former Boston firm, too.
Ugh. Isn’t it about time the economy turned itself around?
Filed under: architecture, everyday, traveling, work | Tags: blog love, july, traveling
Good lord, it’s been a month since I’ve posted? Seriously, where did July go? The month was full of fun things- a trip to Boston for a wedding, a site visit to the (nearly completed) dorm project I worked on for two years, two weeks of house guests + touristy LA things, mixed in with a very short, very fast, very fun retail project for the new Palm Pre phone.
Still working on editing all the photos.
Good thing summer isn’t going anywhere fast in CA.
Things are slow at work, and Friday came early this week. Too bad the days off don’t coincide with my Boston trip next week. Hopefully it’s not a trend- but what can you do? For now I’m going to enjoy the free time.
Too bad funemployment doesn’t pay.
Filed under: inspiration, lists, work | Tags: challenge, kerismith, personality, working
10 Ways to Infuse Your Work with Your Personality
1. Document what you are responding to regularly.
*journal/sketchbook, blog, listmaking, photo journal, bulletin board collage, internet bookmarks, Allow yourself to go deeper into an idea. Find influence outside of your field. Consider that you are ALWAYS working for yourself.
2. Start to challenge yourself on a regular basis to try new things (not just for work. *i.e. new foods, colors, processes, classes, travel, become a guerilla artist, etc. Your hobbies are your greatest source of play.)
3. Go back to your childhood (the formative years). What were your favourite things to do? In this lies some clues as to where you want to focus your energy as an adult. What makes you burst with energy?
4. Do something that is not for money. For your own enjoyment. (Your greatest work will come from here!) Design for yourself. Examples…
* newsletter * zine * website * x-mas card * product concept * toys * gifts for friends
5. Use sources that are based on your daily life. Your life IS your art. What are the things that are most important in your current life?
6. Become a collector. Collecting allows us to look at one thing in a contemplative & mindful way. Giving you new insights and perceptions. Examples: Maria Kalman -purse contents, Steven Guarnaccia -shoe sole rubbings, Ian Phillips & Grant Heaps -Lost & Found pet posters, Mark Ulriksen (former art director) -misspellings of his name, Charles & Rae Eames -toys from other countries
7. “Pay no attention to the man behind that curtain.” Ignore what other people are doing. It has no bearing on your existence or vision of the world. The times we feel the most discouraged are usually due to the fact we are comparing ourselves to others. Most times reading awards annuals, and industry mags only serves to make us feel inadequate. Try cutting it out entirely. Designer Bruce Mau recommends not entering awards competitions. His reasoning, “Just don’t do it, it’s not good for you.”
8. Don’t promote to target your audience. By all means send things out into the world, but don’t think in terms of “promoting to get work”. Send stuff out because -you’re proud of it, -you want to share something with the world, -it’s fun to get mail, -to have good karma, -you want to spread your germs, -you like licking stamps. Try sending a postcard of something you made for fun, (i.e. directions on how to make a finger puppet). When thinking of subject matter for promotions look to your current life. If you deal with topics that are important to you a piece will have much more life to it.
9. Take a lighthearted approach (Don’t take yourself too seriously). If you feel stuck, you can always reinvent yourself, (re: try something else).
10. Study other artists or creators who followed their own vision. Research.”
via jingc.tumblr.com, via NYT:
New research suggests that play and down time may be as important to a child’s academic experience as reading, science and math, and that regular recess, fitness or nature time can influence behavior, concentration and even grades. The reason may be that the brain uses two forms of attention. “Directed” attention allows us to concentrate on work, reading and tests, while “involuntary” attention takes over when we’re distracted by things like running water, crying babies, a beautiful view or a pet that crawls onto our lap. Directed attention is a limited resource. Long hours in front of a computer or studying for a test can leave us feeling fatigued. But spending time in natural settings appears to activate involuntary attention, giving the brain’s directed attention time to rest.
Lunchtime = adult recess.
A twice-laid-off 27-year old architecture grad opened a Peanuts-style booth at a local Seattle market. I love it.