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I LIKE SHINY THINGS

Akshay Gopalakrishnan

I like shiny things. Who doesn't? Anyone who says otherwise is downright lying to themselves. Recently, I came across these copper pots and pans. Yes pots and pans. Now a little back story about me. I love to cook. I've only recently started to like it, but its already become a part of me. It excites me just as much as whenever I see Helvetica Neue being used. I even bought a new knife set that I take great pride in keeping clean. Now back to the pots. I saw these pots and pan on some random website. It wasn't even part of the actual content of the website. It was just an ad! However, it really attracted me. The color, an indescribable mix of orange and salmon and pink and brown, and that shine is enough to make me want to buy everything in copper. It wasn't the first time I've come upon copper in design (yes I think pots and pans are DESIGNED and not just made), there is a website called Plentyofcolour.com. There was a post about the use of matte black against copper details on a poster that made me tear up. It was just so beautiful. I never got the chance to actually use that in one of my designs and so I eventually forgot about it. Until now. Now I don't think I will ever forget it! (well especially now since I am writing a blog about it) Hopefully, I will be able to get my hands on some copper pots and pans, even though they are super expensive. Maybe I will add them to my wedding registry or something. (Im not even close to being married. Maybe in about 5 years.) Until then, I will continue to look at beautiful copper things.

What am I?

Akshay Gopalakrishnan

As I continue the job search I keep asking myself a simple question. What kind of designer do I want to be? Ok, maybe it's not that simple. Actually, it's quite the opposite. I'd rather ask myself whether I want a burrito or a taco. Anyways, I feel like all graphic designers have had to ask the same question. Its not our fault that graphic design is such a wide field. We are creative people seeking to do creative things which happen to be related to the graphic world. I graduated with a BFA in graphic design from the University of Georgia. The design program is focused on print design and is said to be a really good program. So after graduating from the University of Georgia, I came out as a print designer. However, I felt that i was unprepared for the "real world" because honestly print designers are not in demand. Therefore, I enrolled at Tech Talent South and will be taking a Web Design course that will teach me how to build a site from the ground up. So along with the Adobe Creative Suite under my belt (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects), I will also have HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and JQuery. Hopefully this would prove to be useful as I apply to more jobs and hopefully land a job that has me doing something creative as well as fun! During my research on the different types of graphic designers out there, I came across FastCo's article on UI vs UX design, which can be found here: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3032719/ui-ux-who-does-what-a-designers-guide-to-the-tech-industry . The article breaks the role of different design jobs down in a clean and easy to read format. It helped me to understand the difference, however I still do not know what kind of designer I was to become. I guess only time will tell.