As I’m moving forward with my beer collection website design, I’ve begun developing the visual identity of the site and figuring out how to combine both the realistic rending of the backgrounds and photos with the vectored illustrations that I’m creating. I think I’m pretty happy with how this is turning out so far. Of course, I still have a decent amount of work to do on this as I bring it into Muse to begin the coding process, but I’m feeling good.
Also, I finally had a chat with my manager about my side hustle as a bartender on the weekends. Recently, I’ve been feeling more confident in my design work and definitely striving to find ways to make more time to really focus on and push my designs this semester. I’ve always been a bit of a little work horse and trying to hard to fit all these different things on my plate (yeah, we can chalk that up to the strong work ethic of my Asian culture– I’ve been working since I was 9, guys.). It’s gotten to the point where I’ve worked myself to exhaustion with this belief that I’m capable of doing so much more than I actually am. I have this strong desire to be like this “Wonder Woman” persona, where I never say no to people and just continually add more and more work.
You see, I’ve been reading up on some philosophical pieces about Socrates, Aristotle, Al Farabi, Christine de Pizan, and numerous others… and this one general quote stuck with me.
Fertile fields are soon exhausted by continual and uninterrupted cultivation.
– Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind
I mean that was definitely a little bit of a wake up call for me to take care of my spirit and make sure that I don’t over work myself, aka wayyyy too many overnighters. Another writer, Christine de Pizan discusses this idea further in The Book of the Body Politic, where she mentions how overworking will cause us to be melancholy or making us ridiculously exhausted to the point that our work is no longer as good as it once was. Anyway, I’m working on that moderation of things not only in my work/life balance but also my eating habits. If any of you know me at all, you know that I like to indulge in my food just a little bit too much sometimes, haha.
Back to my work update though, here are those long awaited first drafts of my collection site that I was mentioning beforehand. (Sorry in advance for some odd colors in the photos sometimes, I forgot I was working in the CMYK, not RGB, color profile and forgot to convert it before uploading. But you can still click on the pictures for bigger images!)
After working on those drafts, I continued pushing and struggling with how I wanted it to look visually. Here are some more iterations that I had come up with.
After that, I ended up doing my own hand-lettering for the title and other accent elements (and then I played with it and made it into a little gif, haha)
From there, I inserted it back into the main site design and continued to push it some more as I searched for ways to bring the whole website together visually.
And that’s where we’re at now. I gotta get to bed though, I have to be in class by 7:30AM tomorrow and still have to eat dinner. I’ll keep you guys posted about my update on the design. I’ve definitely been getting further in the process (slowly but surely–I’m a bit slow of an illustrator sometimes) and closer to the end goal.
Thanks for reading!