“Map the geography of your life….” The ideas came rushing in. So many memories: Tommy breaks my knee in Sicily, forgetting lines during The Glass Menagerie, my grandfather’s brand of beer and my outfit the first day of freshman year high school. To prepare for this amazing challenge, I just had to write it all down. Pages and pages of nonsense notes, quips, colors and thoughts as I tried to go year by year in my head. Upon review of the “all work no play” type notes I’d written, I was able to identify common themes and threads. I broke those out into chapter titles.
I won’t go through every bit in detail, but I’ll run you through the highlights for my primary design, Adventureland; a little bit weird but certainly colorful.
*To expand just a bit more on what has made the biggest impact in my life, I’d like to go into more detail about the first graphic, the apples – representing my family. I am the oldest of six kids. Growing up we always would fight over sitting in the front when my mom was carting us around. Being the amazing teacher she was (and is) she came up with “The Apple of the Day”. The A.O.T.D. was assigned by mom based on behavior and he or she who was lucky enough to have the honor was awarded shot gun, the privilege of answering the phone and the joy of drinking out of the circus cup. Yes, the coveted circus cup.
My secondary print is an homage to my future; this design is called Cadets. I quit my day job to pursue my passion, Earth Cadets. Earth Cadets is a giant part of my future, for now, as I figure the ins and outs of owning my own business, it’s all I can see. I truly hope I can sustain this lifestyle and business and look forward to learning each day as I dedicate my time to something I truly love.
Thanks TPB, for this reflective and challenging opportunity. I hope you see a little bit clearer where I am coming from and can’t wait to see what the other designers have to share.