September was a month that was mostly filled with study.
This week is my last week in my typography class and I have really enjoyed it. It has enabled me to develop many new skills as a designer, and given me more confidence in my ability. It has been so interesting learning about typographic principles as well as many associated with design. I have noticed that even when creating digital illustrations, I am not much more likely to use a grid or structured form and consider the proportions much more closely. I have even found it enjoyable to work on layouts (mainly my process document which is part of each assessment) and practicing typography with posters. I see a lot of possibilities for things that I can create, and hope to be able to make them (at some point).
In September I had the NBN connected via satellite. Because of my location my only internet connection I was able to get previously was wireless, which wasn’t that fast (between 1 to 4mbps) and was expensive ($175 a month for 25gb of data). So far I have been getting speeds of around 22/23mbps, which is awesome. Everything has been working pretty well, except for one day where it was down completely. You get a lot more data, at a big difference in price. The only problem is that there is a cap on the data that you can use in a four week period and if you abuse that, you can be terminated. So while I do have pretty good speed, I still have to watch my usage, or stay on a plan that is under that cap. There is one exception to that rule, and that is you do get more data that is off-peak (usually after 1am) so I could stay up late to watch movies or download things.
Starting next week I have some time off before starting my next class and would like to devote time to working on another children’s book. I have a number of ideas and think it would be nice to try and have something ready, just before Christmas. For my first book, I had it printed with Blurb, but I have talked to some local printers, and think it would actually be a lot cheaper for them to print it (and bind it). I would possibly have to register for the ISBNs myself (print,pdf,epub) which wouldn’t be so bad. After studying typography I am even looking forward to creating the layouts for the pages and choosing typefaces… haha design geek. I know that I could try submitting my ideas to a publisher, but there is just something I love about having to go through the whole process and having control over every aspect. To imagine the story and bring it to life with my own designs and then to see it in a printed form, it’s a really great feeling. Now.. to get cracking!
- How was your September?
- What are your plans for October?
- Do you have any recommendations for print on demand services?
- What do you like, in a children’s book?