Not often in the space of five minutes does someone take your breath away, make you smile, and carry you on a rush of emotions with a sweeping, heartfelt testimony!!!
I happened to run across this photographer’s website, while researching some integration ideas for another client of mine. The photographer is Abigail Smith. She is someone I wish I could meet.
At first her art caught my eye. I forgot about looking for integration points, and culling ideas of how to implement code in this fashion or other. I fell in love with the photography site immediately. simple, but yet bright and warm. Kind of like a surprise hug on a sunshine morning.
I don’t know this young woman. I had seen a split second of her peeking through her work in the 15 minutes I had been happily wandering around her site. But that is the thing you see, everywhere bits of her shine through the flat 2D internet they make an impact on you. Her faith for one thing. She revels in the beauty surrounding her, and our God who graced us with it. You can feel how much joy she has in the love of her family. This is all from what… ten minutes of random hopping around her website!
Then I noticed that her blog front page was not just listing pictures but they were featured images for the blog posts. Nifty deal there. I glanced through a few. I always feel weird reading into sites, or following excerpts around the blog off the home page. I don’t know why. That is exactly what you are supposed to do. Otherwise the site wouldn’t exist!
Her photography is wonderful and the things she says about her clients make you want to book a session right away just to see those kinds of things said about you in print. Then I happened upon a blog post that made my jaw drop. Keep in mind.. like I said. I do not know this lady. At all. Her post was about a personal struggle she has been dealing with for some time now. No, i’m not going to spell it out. It is on her blog where she put it, and i’m just a stranger. I said her faith and perspective were inspiring before. Well after reading this story she had the courage to share… I tell you this young lady is phenomenal. God wanted to show me a glimpse of faith in action I guess. This woman can witness through inanimate objects.
I don’t know her. But I wish I did. Go visit her site. Donate if you can. Tell me she doesn’t impact you too.
Okay it’s an old favorite. But now I can really love it, instead of passively – aggressively dealing with the beaurocracy and trappings attached to all the amazing things it could do.
What the hell am I talking about? Adobe Creative Suite 6. More specifically and gleefully… Creative Cloud. I now have legal, anywhere, almost any platform access to even more tools than I had before. And cool beans part? They play nicely together! Like wow.
I primarily use a super alien machine, a Tardis masquerading as a beefy PC. Connected to my flatscreen. Design adjustment lemme tell you. But I also love to use my iPad and even my iphone. Basically any device I can get my hot hands on, I will attempt to use it to code, design, publish, nudge and fart around with my stuff.
Now I am able to play around with direct design. It was always such a frustration to work in design and heavy graphics and then switch brains to my coding brain. I had to chop things up that just didn’t want to be interrupted. Layering and vectoring is always an option but I don’t have the attention span for much past getting layers to where they needed to go and compressed.
With this being such a massive suite, it is kind of daunting to see all of the applications.
I will be experimenting with Edge and Dreamweaver; also I will be experimenting with a workflow going from PC to ipad to design review and then work a connection to LIghtroom so everything is managed in there.
Anyone interested in this, and I know I have a few friends that use these tools better than I do… go to http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html
There is no affiliate thing or weirdness. That’s actually just a link to the Creative Cloud part of Adobe. Anyways, off to bed…. Twinkle Twinkle
Over the past two years almost, I have been slugging away at nursing school. Incidentally I do also have two kids, in 1st and 3rd. There has been much I have missed. I’ve begun to make up for it slightly with a few random days of playing hooky.
I’ve also been able to work in design and coding somehow as well. I think the creative process is cathartic for me. Right now I’m not sure what that means but I’m boycotting lifting a single book.
I’ve recently finished and pushed live, a site for my cousin Matt called teamdoit.biz. This one is far more about the functionality and CMS use backend, than it is graphic design.