Thursday, January 17, 2013
I'm one week into the semester and already overloaded with amazing projects. I love what I do! I have a three part printing/letterpress project that I have started but not completely fleshed out. The first part is to create a design in which you "say something" using words or a phrase, no imagery allowed. It's not just about putting any old words down; It's about making a statement.
The statement I am making might not mean anything to most people, but it would strike a chord with people involved in 21st Century Socialism as found in progressive parts of South America; Mink'a is a Quechua word and a concept that has existed for centuries. Mink'a is community, it is a way of life. Members gather to complete tasks that benefit the whole community. It is considered each individual's obligation and has to be fulfilled to earn water and voting rights.
From now on, I want to really think about everything I do as a potential portfolio piece and think about what I want to communicate with my portfolio. I want to be able to send it to activist groups, community organizers, groups like SOA Watch, Adbusters and ZNet (I know, ambitious, right?) and for them to see that I get it. You know? I want it to be a left-leaning portfolio.
Because the thing is, I'm not out to get a job in a flashy corporate office. I will do whatever local, mom and pop freelancing I can. But my bigger goal is to work for the causes that need good designers.