Today I made an important decision. After talking with friends, family, and fellow designers and other creatives, I decided that tomorrow will be the last of my Daily Hand Generated Type Phrases. Even though my goal was to do one a day for a year, at this point I think I've gotten what I needed to out of creating these designs with such regular frequency. I have gotten really fast at working in Illustrator; I have proven to myself that I can come up with an idea and create a lettering design from start to finish in a matter of hours; I have learned a lot about many aspects of creating hand generated type on the computer; my letter forms as well as the occasional flourish have gotten pretty good—sometimes really good, I think. The kinds of things I want to do and learn about now are going to take more than a few hours, and so it only makes sense to revise my goal of one design per day to one per week. That way, I'll be able to work longer and really try some new things with each design. I want to work through Jessica Hische's book, In Progress, and try to create phrases using her techniques. I want to have more time to research and do tutorials. I want to combine work I create with pencil and paper with Photoshop and Illustrator work. I want time to experiment. This is the solution! While I really wanted to keep the promise I made to myself—one a day for one year—I had to let go of that with the realization that it's okay to do so in order to grow and move forward.
The good news is that I'll hopefully be able to spend enough time per piece that I'm really happy with each one; it's not just an exercise in production anymore.
The other piece of good news is that I will be able to find great design, photography, illustration, and other art to post and discuss in this blog format. I find that to be really fun and interesting, and I hope you do as well. That will begin Monday, Feb. 15.
So, here is the second to the last of "Gloria's Daily Hand Generated Type Phrases."
A side note: I really like the song by the band Over the Rhine called "Goodbye (This is Not Goodbye)," so even though I didn't think of it because of the song, thinking of the phrase reminded me of the song, so I listened to it and remembered how much I like it.
I'm posting it here. Give it a listen! Goodbye (This is Not Goodbye)