We Go Through a Tough Time Too!

ImageSomething that has always bugged me is the fact that people say that being an Art/Design major is a joke. I mean obviously when people ask me, “What is your major?” and I say “Graphic Design”, they right away assume that it is the easiest thing on Earth.

Well folks, it is not. Just like any other major, Graphic Design takes a lot of work and time in order to have a great or “perfect” project to show to the professor, client, or boss. And there are times where they will tell you to do it over or it is not good enough.

I, at this moment, am not out working in the field yet and have not had any on site experience, but just by the way we work in class and what my professors tell me gives me an idea of how it is going to be when I go out there. One thing for sure that I know is that graphic designers work on multiple projects at once and sometimes have critiques that we have to be part of.

I know for a fact that getting a job after college is going to be very tough. Just like any other career, there is a lot of competition and sometimes they prefer those who have some experience in the field. This is another big thing that most of my friends do not know and think that I will immediately get a job in a firm or company.

In the end every major requires hard work and dedication. If the person loves their job then they will never complain about it but instead have a great time doing what they love. I believe people should appreciate graphic designers because of their creativity and time they take to immediately come up with a new idea if one does not work out. So take in consideration the hard work they do. (:

Here are some links that have more information about myths and facts about Graphic Designers:
http://www.creativeopera.com/2009/8-common-graphic-design-myths/

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& The Countdown Begins…

Venice, Italy

Non ci posso credere! I cannot believe it! In 22 days I will be flying across the ocean to Italy.

Honestly I am very nervous about this trip because it is my first time going to Europe. I will be in Italy for three weeks with 2 professors and sixteen students of my university. We have been meeting every Wednesday at seven p.m, as a class, to ask questions, listen to lectures about the places we will be visiting and to go over some Italian customs, words, etc.

I am actually a bit worry about the language and not being able to understand it. However, the Italian language and Spanish language have some similarities so I feel like I might understand what they are saying. I am currently learning some Italian in class but it is just common phrases like “Buon Giorno!” and “Non Capisco” meaning “Good Morning” and “I don’t understand”. We are also learning about the Italian lifestyle and the history of the architecture in Italy such as The Colosseum, the Pantheon, Leaning Tower of Pisa, etc.

Another thing I am worried about is the style of clothing. I still have not decided what to take to Italy because of the rules they have in order to enter the Vatican and other museums. We were told that we cannot show our shoulders and our knees when entering the Vatican or the churches because it is disrespectful. I know for sure I will have to go shopping before leaving to Italy and get some comfortable and appropriate clothing. I wonder if the “Fashion Police” does really point you out if you are not wearing appropriate clothing or are not in style.

Even though I am somewhat nervous, I am actually beyond excited to leave already and explore Italy. I want to actually live the life of an Italian, their lifestyle, look at the art and architecture, and even try out new food. I am ready to hike  Mt.Grappa, go water rafting, wine tasting, and even learn how to cook an Italian meal. I am not sure what else to do there or what else to see. I am hoping that my friends or whoever has been to Italy to recommend me places or food to try out while I am there.

And as I said before, Non ci posso credere! I cant wait to be in Italy!! 🙂

Art and Unexpected Friendships

Photo By Mary Joyce

The Girls and I at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Photo By Mary Joyce

The Art Club has a trip every year to go visit an art museum near the state of Minnesota.  This year we decided to take a trip to Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Twelve girls, including me, and two professors gathered up at the information desk at the student center at 3 p.m. We packed our vans and were ready to go. On our way to Milwaukee the girls and I introduced each other and began to converse about our art classes and what we were expecting to see in Milwaukee.

After a four-hour ride we stopped at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant. We had so much food. From salads, to pasta to chicken, and even had my favorite desert, Tiramisu. It sure was a great dinner. We were all talking to the professor about our classes and future. The professors gave us a lot of information that was useful for our future careers and for our classes now.

Photo by Carla Olivares

The Lobby of the Aloft Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee
Photo by Carla Olivares

It was getting late so we left to the hotel where we were going to spend the night at. The hotel’s design was so modern and the rooms were incredible. The furniture off it had a “future home” type of look and it sure went with the overall design of the building. We were expected to be up by eight in the morning the next day so we all went to bed because it had been a long day.

Early next morning we went to the Milwaukee Public Market. This place is amazing!!! It has everything you need! Well food wise. Such as breakfast, sweets, lunch and even dinner. We decided to go to the coffee station for a doze of caffeine. We all sure did need some coffee that morning to get pumped for the next three hours we were going to spend at the museum.

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

Some of my friends bought cheese curds and fresh grapes to eat for breakfast. I looked at them sorta confused of their choices. However, I still tried the cheese curds because I had never had them before. And I can say they were a great choice! I really liked them.

After breakfast we headed out to the Milwaukee Art Museum. I fell in love with the design of the building! The parking lot also had a great design. You can see it on the picture below.

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

As we walked in the museum my eyes where looking everywhere. There was just so much to see that was so impacting. The structure of the building and the view of Lake Michigan out of the windows from the museum was phenomenal. And then we began to look at all the artwork that was mounted on the walls of the museum. I like how the walls were painted in different pastel soft colors which helped the paintings stand out more from the frames that surrounded them. Although, some of the other walls were just plain white and well it still help the statues, paintings, and other media stand out. Here are some examples:

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

After going around the whole museum, the girls and I decided to go out to eat lunch at a sub restaurant. I can honestly say that we became more closer than the first day we had met in the Art Club. I know for a fact that I will constantly see these amazing girls around campus and can sit down and chat about anything. And I know this because on our way home we were laughing, singing, and even went out to eat dinner together that same day.

Who knew that art and a trip could get a group of girls to become friends. I sure do recommend this or any kind of trip with a group of friends and you will tell how much a friendship can grow. I sure did have a great time enjoying the city, the art in the museum, the FOOD, and the the great times with the girls. (:

Here are some more pictures of Milwaukee!

Photo by Carla Olivares

The inside of The Milwaukee Art Museum
Photo by Carla Olivares