How to Get a Job in the Design World – Like Me

12 Nov

When I first graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, it was difficult. I started out in the 1990s and it was not easy during that time. It was a slow crawl just to be able to do anything, which was frustrating at times. After six months of applying to jobs and getting nothing, I was running out of ideas. I started thinking about my goals as a designer and realized that I need to pack up and head back to my home town in Canada.

Even though looking for a job in another state was tough, I was way up in the Yukon of Canada and it made it worse. I’m still glad that I had made the decision to goto the university. I packed my bags and hopped on a bus heading south west back in to the states. [...]

Preserving the Googie and Art Deco Design in Los Angeles Architecture

21 Oct

On the sixth floor of Los Angeles City Hall is the Office of Historic Resources (OHR) which coordinates the city’s historic preservation activities, including the first comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout the city.

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SurveyLA is a municipal historic preservation project in Los Angeles funded by a $2.5 million grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust. Managed by the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, the preservation program is the first of its kind seeking to have historians and architectural historians identify significant historic resources dating from 1865 to 1980 in Los Angeles. The project will begin in the spring of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2017. [...]

Assignment: Shedding Light on the Homeless of Los Angeles

4 Sep

Embarking on my adventure to Los Angeles I was expecting to see all the wonderful things you read and hear about this amazing city. Although it is well known for the many rich and famous that call this city home, there are also a large amount of the downtrodden outcasts who live in the shadows. The reason I was so attracted to the outcasts of this city is because they are such a contrast to what you would expect when you visit this part of the world. The city is absolutely beautiful and is everything your read about in the newspapers and magazines, but the homeless in Los Angeles like magnets living on the fringes of society just drew me in to a place I could never have imagined existed. I decided I was going to spend a few days living among the homeless people and really gain insight to what it must be like to live this way.

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The very first thing I noticed when I stumbled upon my first group of homeless men was that they seemed to be in a world of their own. I introduced myself and surprisingly was greeted with wild enthusiasm from the group. Contrary to what you may think or have heard, they did not immediately begin asking me for money or food, or attack me for m clothing. They introduced themselves and acted almost as if i was already a part of their little click. I did not have a camera crew with me or a recording team to scare them away, I simply tried to talk to them like another human being would talk to them. Within minutes I was already a part of some unique conversations.

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As you can imagine food and water are a huge priority if you are going to survive on the streets. I forced myself not to eat and drink today so by the heat of the afternoon I was pretty thirsty. I did not carry any money with me and immediately began to wonder how can I at least keep hydrated. These guys are extremely resourceful to say the least. They know exactly where the nearest fountains and sources for free clean water are. You see to forget that public bathrooms have sinks with clean running water in them. This source of water keeps many of the homeless hydrated throughout their days. A simple luxury we all take for granted.

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Sleeping on the streets was an altogether different experience. As night falls the group told me of many places they call home at night. I expected park benches and card board boxes, instead I was shown warm dry underpasses stocked with blankets and fresh fruit. These guys are definitely survivalists to say the least. Listening to their stories was heartbreaking to say the least. Some are mentally ill, some lost their jobs and some are serious addicts. They all see to band together in their own small groups and survive like I imagine ancient man survived when he had no luxuries. They seem almost oblivious to the world around them. It was very interesting listening to stories, but I must admit I was saddened and humbled.

I spend days living with this group and just watching how they only take what they need to survive each day with no concern about yesterday or tomorrow. It was so hard for me to understand how this country could let the mentally ill and sick among them simply waste away on the street. I was never approached during my time by anyone from social services or the local authorities. I spent my days listening to stories about where the best places to get food is and where the warmest places to sleep at night. This group is very territorial and i was warned to stay within the areas they frequented. The consequences for going into other homeless areas are often met with violence. I still often think about how terrible it must feel inside to have the country you love simply toss you aside like you have zero worth. These guys do have value, and I believe if they were given the opportunity and the help, they could find there way to a better life.

Exploring the Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery in England

15 Apr

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you probably know by now that I have two great passions that I like to combine— art and travel. This time, I've gone to explore the famous Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery in England to directly experience what I only used to read about and view in books and websites.

A Spectacular View

If you want to enjoy a spectacular view of the city that will take your breath away, you should definitely visit this palace founded by William the Conqueror way back in the 17th century. It will enable you to feel the power of English royalty and imagine how they lived in the olden days.

Historical Museum

Tourists who love learning about the history of a certain place will have a great time here, as it is one of the best in the area. Trace back the reigns of the different English kings and find out what had transpired throughout those years up to the time of the English Civil War.

Because there were plenty of important artifacts and historical pieces here, I heard from a local guard how strict their security protocols are. When I had dropped by, a small area was closed off to the public because they had called on some great locksmiths in Nottingham from a top locksmith company to ensure the security of valuable museum pieces.

The Cave Experience

When you visit this place, you ought to go on the cave tour to further have a glimpse of the legendary dungeon of King David and the famous wine cellar of the Duke of Newcastle among others. As you weave through the secret passageways, some of which were carved during the medieval era, you'll definitely learn a lot and never forget the experience. I did, and will certainly recommend the tour to everyone who comes to this wonderful historical place.

Savoring the Art

Nottingham Castle comes with a long art gallery that I truly loved! Being the art enthusiast I was, this came to be one of my favorite places in Nottingham. With an amazing collection of British and European art that dates back to the 11th century and moves forward to present times, I was definitely lost in the different expressions of history, culture, and passion in various art works. I'm pretty sure that even the art gallery is well-secured and guarded at all times. Indeed it deserves to be.

Going to Nottingham Castle is undoubtedly worth the time, effort, and money. Whether you're an art enthusiast, a history buff, or simply just a passionate traveler, do drop by this beautiful site when you can.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

12 Apr

St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Being an official Christian feast day, it is not only celebrated in Ireland and by Christian churches, but also in countries where the Irish have migrated. Thus, St. Patrick’s Day is also observed in Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. Aside from celebrating the arrival Christianity in Ireland, the feast day is also a time to honor Irish culture and tradition. Nowadays, St. Patrick’s Day is commemorated in various ways; and if you want to express your affiliation with the Irish, you can do so too.

One of most visible ways of celebrating the feast day is by going green. This is not related to being environment-friendly; but, literally being green. Green is a color that is closely associated with Ireland; so, on St. Patrick’s Day, you can wear a green shirt or put on green accessories. If you are more daring, you can paint your face or dye your hair with a green color. You can also wear clothes or accessories with a shamrock design. The shamrock, a flower which St. Patrick used to illustrate the Holy Trinity in spreading Christianity in Ireland, is also symbolic of the Irish.

A festival can never be complete without food, so make traditional Irish food part of your meals on St. Patrick’s Day. Feast on corned beef, a vegetable casserole called colcannon, potatoes, boiled ham and cabbage, and pair it with soda bread. You can wash it down with Irish beer. You can also go to a pub and have some Irish whiskey with your friends.

For a more authentic experience, you can go and take a trip to Ireland. Dublin, the country’s capital, is known to hold the grandest St. Patrick’s Day parade as part of the city’s festivities that last for five whole days. The festival itself is a tourist attraction and thousands of visitors flock to the city at this time of the year.

If you prefer a quieter place to celebrate, you can go to Ireland’s countryside, where small towns celebrate the holiday in their own way. You can visit several towns on a single trip if you join a cruise on the River Shannon. It may not be like the more popular European river cruises, but embarking on this one will show you why Ireland is called the “Emerald Isle.” Moreover, you will get acquainted with the Irish people’s famed hospitality.

St. Patrick’s Day is a day of fun and merriment. In celebrating, enjoy the food and the company of your friends and family. Most of all, remember that it is not only a time to be grateful for the Irish people and their culture, but for Christianity as well.

What to Expect at an Art Auction

10 Apr

More people these days are considering art as a good investment. Art objects, like antiques, can increase in value over time and many are finding ways to have their money’s worth, and more, by buying art.

Auctions are the ideal venues to get hold of good, if not valuable, pieces of art. In addition, they can be very entertaining events and provide the opportunity to meet other art enthusiasts. Contrary to the belief of many, you do not need to be a millionaire in order to purchase items at an art auction. Several auctions cater to different budget ranges, even for those willing to part with just a few hundred dollars. For such an amount of money, you can be the proud owner of a painting, a piece of furniture or a unique collectible.

If you have just recently started your art collection, auctions can be doubly fun. To witness an event where people bid for ownership of an article is, in itself, already exciting. However, what you will find most unforgettable are the one-of-a-kind pieces that are up for bidding. For many, auctions are an easy way to acquire objects for their personal art collections. Moreover, granting that the event is held at a reputable auction house, you can be sure that the price you pay is in accordance with the real value of the object in the market. This means that you are really getting your money’s worth for every purchase.

Before attending an auction, it would be best to do your own research, most especially if you haven’t attended one before. In this way, you can become acquainted with the process as well as be aware of what types of items will be available. Most auction houses have websites where you can find catalogues containing relevant information. Details can include item description, measurements, name of artist and estimated value. Knowing the value of the items you plan on acquiring will greatly help you in planning where you will be storing your valuable pieces. For instance, if you got a high-valued painting from an auction in Sotheby’s, you would never bring it home without thinking about security first. You need to hire the services of a professional locksmith London-based to help you assess how secure your home is. One can be found online on http://www.toplocklocksmiths.co.uk/london.

Art objects are items of beauty and if you are a serious art-lover, owning them will give you extreme personal satisfaction. So, why not go and attend an art auction? You might just find that particular art piece you have been dreaming of for many years.

What to Expect at an Art Auction

8 Apr

More people these days are considering art as a good investment. Art objects, like antiques, can increase in value over time and many are finding ways to have their money’s worth, and more, by buying art.

Auctions are the ideal venues to get hold of good, if not valuable, pieces of art. In addition, they can be very entertaining events and provide the opportunity to meet other art enthusiasts. Contrary to the belief of many, you do not need to be a millionaire in order to purchase items at an art auction. Several auctions cater to different budget ranges, even for those willing to part with just a few hundred dollars. For such an amount of money, you can be the proud owner of a painting, a piece of furniture or a unique collectible.

If you have just recently started your art collection, auctions can be doubly fun. To witness an event where people bid for ownership of an article is, in itself, already exciting. However, what you will find most unforgettable are the one-of-a-kind pieces that are up for bidding. For many, auctions are an easy way to acquire objects for their personal art collections. Moreover, granting that the event is held at a reputable auction house, you can be sure that the price you pay is in accordance with the real value of the object in the market. This means that you are really getting your money’s worth for every purchase.

Before attending an auction, it would be best to do your own research, most especially if you haven’t attended one before. In this way, you can become acquainted with the process as well as be aware of what types of items will be available. Most auction houses have websites where you can find catalogues containing relevant information. Details can include item description, measurements, name of artist and estimated value. Knowing the value of the items you plan on acquiring will greatly help you in planning where you will be storing your valuable pieces. For instance, if you got a high-valued painting from an auction in Sotheby’s, you would never bring it home without thinking about security first. You need to hire the services of a professional locksmith London-based to help you assess how secure your home is. One can be found online on http://www.toplocklocksmiths.co.uk/london.

Art objects are items of beauty and if you are a serious art-lover, owning them will give you extreme personal satisfaction. So, why not go and attend an art auction? You might just find that particular art piece you have been dreaming of for many years.

English Museums You Shouldn’t Miss

6 Apr

England is a country that has preserved its cultural and historical heritage well. Its hundred or more art galleries and museums are venues where visitor flock every year. Museums in the United Kingdom are particularly popular. According to statistics, among the top ten tourist attractions in the UK, eight are museums.

The British Museum in London, for one, boasts as the number one tourist attraction in the whole United Kingdom.  It is a place deeply steeped in history. Having opened its doors to the first visitors several centuries ago, in January of 1759, it houses collections from all over the world that showcase the history and culture of humanity. Aside from the British Museum, there are other English museums and galleries that are certainly worth the trip.

Tate Modern, also located in London, is a world-renowned museum and gallery for modern art; containing British art that dates back to 1900 as well as contemporary works of artists from other countries. It is considered as Great Britain’s national gallery for modern artwork. With an annual visitor tally of almost five million, it is regarded as the world’s most visited art gallery.

Although not as prestigious as the British Museum, the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire is distinctive for having the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles, all of them original. Within the museum, visitors can view other automobile collections that narrate the history and evolution of motor vehicles, including those that were used in Formula One racing. According to the museum curator, fans of James Bond can sometimes get overly enthusiastic over the vehicles on display and they had to employ extra measures to keep the automobiles secure. For this, they had to call on nearby Southampton locksmiths to do the job. Luckily, these professionals were easy to contact through their website http://www.low-costlocksmith.co.uk/southampton. When it comes to protecting the valuable museum items, no effort was spared.

Liverpool is not only famous for being the city where the Beatles came from; it is also home to the award-winning World Museum. Visitors go to the museum to see its varied exhibits displaying collections on astronomy, Egyptology, archeology and natural history. Added attractions are the Planetarium and the Natural History Center. For most visitors though, the best attraction of all is the free entrance to the museum.

Learning about other cultures is one of the most rewarding activities you can do while traveling. Thus, the next time you are in England, get acquainted culture and history by visiting a museum. I promise you, it will be worthwhile.

What to Do If You’ve Lost Your Car Keys

3 Apr

Have you ever, in a mad rush, dropped your keys into the drain or locked them as part of your car? You must understand exactly how much as of a horribly panic-inducing experience it could prove to be, especially when you are travelling. You can easily get out of such situations with the help of a competent locksmith. Auto locksmiths are generally fully capable of helping you with all sorts of vehicles, from a car to truck, van, motorcycles and even caravans. Therefore, whenever you are in need of new car keys, contact your local auto locksmith.

When neglected at night in the cold, which is very popular in the U.K, you are likely to frequently find yourself standing on the road, waiting for an auto locksmith to come to your rescue. Nobody wants to stand on the road during those chilly winter evenings. Unlike the standard locksmith services, Bromley Locksmiths are going to be on the scene quickly to make certain that the time you spend waiting is as minimal as possible.

Important Information to Be Prepared For Your Auto Locksmith

 In order to make the job easier for the locksmith, you are advised to have the following information ready:

1. The sort of car you drive.

2. The sort of car keys you had. You need to let the locksmith know if you used transponder car keys, fobs, remote keys, electronic chops, non remote keys, or standard car keys. Majority of the cars after 1995 use transponder keys.

3. Your car’s registration number.

4. Model and make of your car.

5. The identification number of your car. You can find it in your V5 document in vehicle log book.

6. Postcode of the area where you are, should you need an emergency service from the locksmith-service provider.

7. Personal identification – documents clearly showing your photo, name and address in order to confirm ownership of the car.

What to Do If the Car Keys Are Stolen

An auto locksmith, in case your car keys are stolen, will reprogram your car so the old keys can no longer be used. The ignition barrel and door locks of your vehicle might have to be reconfigured, depending on how old your car is.

 

 

Romantic Getaway Ideas for the Artistic Soul

25 Mar

If you're thinking of having a romantic getaway with your special fellow artist or perhaps you're celebrating your anniversary with your loved one who happens to be an art enthusiast, you should definitely try exploring creative venues where the two of you can enjoy each other's company while also engaging in an artistic venture.

Here are some travel ideas for the artistic soul that you and the apple of your eye can check out:

Picnic Date at the Beach

There's no problem if you're on a budget. You can still come up with a romantic date idea such as a picnic at the beach. With the moon lighting up the shore and the relaxing sound of the lapping waters of the ocean, the scenery is the perfect backdrop for lovebirds.

Why not strike a deal with a couple of beach locals who are amazing with sand sculptures so they can come up with a beautiful carving for the two of you, complete with lamps integrated in the design? You can even have your names molded onto the sand art.

Overlooking Photography

Whether it's a rooftop, a mountain summit, or the balcony of a resort, you and your loved one can surely have great fun taking pictures from an eagle's point of view. It can be during the day or at night, but be sure to prepare with the proper photography equipment. Not only will this activity appeal to your artistic instincts and interests, but it's sure to bring the two of you closer. You can pack some food and wine too to toast your upcoming photo exhibit.

Sunset River Cruise

Instead of riding a yacht or ship on the ocean, why not go for a sunset river cruise? Browse through the various European river cruises at http://www.europeanrivercruises.travel to find the perfect package for you and your date. Not only will you bask in the beautiful scenery, but you're bound to have plenty of fun trooping through the local markets and dining in lovely cafes during your stops. The artist in you will definitely find joy and peace amid the charming architecture, old world cityscape, and incredible natural surroundings.

Adventure in Greece

Experiencing the Greek islands is certainly an amazing way to reconnect with your loved one and strengthen your relationship. Savor the unique beauty and allure of the entire place that's bound to fascinate your artistic spirit. You can even bring your painting materials or sketchpads along as you travel! Aside from the usual beach and dining activities, don't forget to book a romantic al fresco spa and an enchanted tour in the ancient ruins.

With these great getaway options, you'll certainly captivate the heart of any artist.

Why Young Artists Need to Do Binary Options Trading

14 Mar

I love being an art director. Through my work, I am able to make amazing advertising campaigns that can be considered great art despite being made for the purpose of promoting the products and services of our clients. Of course, I wasn’t always an art director. During my early years as an artist, I didn’t make a decent living. Because of this, I had to really believe in myself in order to push through with my plans of continuing to do art. Luckily for me, I succeeded and got promoted to the position of art director in the advertising firm I work at.

Of course, the young artists of today of have it much easier. This is because these days, being a newbie artist doesn’t mean one has to live in abject poverty. Through advances in technology, it is now possible for newbie artists to make a lot of money on the side while continuing to focus on creating art. One of the ways young artists can do this is by doing binary options trading with a legitimate brokerage. By simply doing business with Banc de Binary (click this link for more Banc de Binary information), for one, people can now easily make profitable trades.

Why is binary options trading easy with Banc de Binary? For one, Banc de Binary has an amazing trading platform which is optimized for use both by beginners and experts in trade. Beginners can easily learn how to make profitable trades through it because the platform guides them through every step they take; experts, on the other hand, love using Banc de Binary’s trading platform because it offers a full set of features that other trading platforms don’t. These and other things have contributed to Banc de Binary being considered one of the best binary options trading brokers by young artists.

“My name is Sayeeha Kerr, and I work at an advertising firm. I’ve only been working at my firm for about three months, so my pay still isn’t that great. It’s okay, though, because I am able to make a lot of money on the side. By doing binary options trading about thirty minutes a day, I can make enough money to have a comfortable lifestyle. Because of this, I can continue focusing on creating art without having to worry about my financial standing. It’s really amazing; this wouldn’t have been possible about a decade ago. Thankfully, by the time I graduated from college, binary options trading was already accessible to the general public,” Kerr told us.

Hopefully, this post of mine will get more people, especially young artists and everyone else who isn’t earning a lot because they pursued their passion, to look into doing binary options trading. Because of binary options trading, no one has an excuse to not pursue their passion anymore. All anyone has to do now is just learn everything they can about trading and spend an hour or two a day doing binary options trading. By doing this, they can earn enough money to support themselves as they struggle to pursue their passion.

Managing Art Works on School Tours

14 Feb

Art outreach programs to local schools often require trained volunteer docents to transport and explain valuable artwork for the purpose of education. Such outreach events are necessary to extend the knowledge and love of art to growing and impressionable young minds.

Planning Art Outreach Programs

Art outreach programs have been successfully used in recent times as a medium for helping children come to an appreciation of art at an early age. Then, they are set up for becoming the art enthusiasts of the next generation. Such exhibits might also encourage children to express their own creativity.

Taking art into the schools is just part of a larger strategy to educating the public and local residents to make sure that such exhibitions do not remain an exclusive part of culture. Many galleries and art houses also host public events as a marketing strategy to reach target audiences and open up the field of potential customers. With the help of like-minded corporate sponsors, the co-operation of participating schools, galleries or other public space managers, such art outreach events can be pulled off successfully.

Most galleries have a strategy for outreach which typically includes:

  • determining niches in which the gallery or museum can best fit with the community
  • scheduling annual exhibitions for the targeted regional audience
  • organizing occasional traveling exhibitions featuring prominent artists
  • collaborating with local campuses and other local organizations to host more exhibitions
  • offering artist appearances and lectures related to exhibitions
  • involving teachers and schools to develop programs for undeserved children and adults

The possibilities of art outreach programs are endless. At the same time, there is some planning required for the success of the event. The protection from damage and theft of the valuable artwork that is going to be displayed is a critical aspect of planning. Fixed assets management is important in public outreach programs, but today’s advanced technology has made it possible for higher standards of asset management.

Tips on Using Technology for Fixed Assets Management

Managing the actual inventory of art works is one of the thorniest issues for any gallery owner. Carrying expensive art to public outreach events, safe transportation to and from the location, ensuring safe packing and protection from damage require an effective strategy and much planning to pull off.

Transportation: When it comes to transportation, it is possible to have trailers outfitted with plywood and lumber frameworks and slots for storing large pieces of art. Non-standard shapes will require other strategies such as cardboard boxes with Styrofoam inserts or mats to protect the pieces.

Managing artwork: When it comes to managing and accounting for each piece of artwork being transported to and from the event location, a simple solution is to use scanning devices like those by IntelliTrack. The scanning devices are mobile handheld computers which can scan all asset tags to make sure all the pieces of art are accounted for. All the records can be stored in an online database and tracked in real time.

Gallery quality art continues to remain the exclusive property of those that can afford it, but galleries can still do their part in increasing awareness among school children and the general public. Outreach programs such as taking art into schools help to develop an appreciation of all aspects of cultural heritage. They will also develop the appreciation necessary to become an art collector of tomorrow.

Considering A Trip To California

20 Jan

Since moving to the United States I must say, this is a great country to travel in. For U.S. citizens who are thinking of traveling outside of their country for a vacation I would recommend seeing all there is to see in this wonderful country. From East Coast to West Coast and everything in between, there is really something for everyone in the United States. Since I am still exploring this fine country I have recently thought about taking a trip out to California. As you might imagine, growing up outside of the United States everyone, and I mean everyone wants to visit California.

I am not sure whether I want to go to Los Angeles and San Diego (Southern California) or whether I would prefer San Francisco and Napa (Northern California). Each region has its own unique characteristics and they would be totally different trips with different vibes.  I’ve often thought that the State of California really could be two totally separate states. Southern California has its beaches, Hollywood, and of course lovely San Diego.  As a side trip you could really venture into Mexico which is very close by. For the northern part of the state there is San Francisco and wine country which I think would be very cool.  Both different trips and both would have merit.

I think if I go to the southern half of the state I will start in Hollywood.  Things like the Chinese Theater would be a must stop for me. I am a movie buff and for sure if I will visit the land of movie stars I will stop at that world famous movie theater. I have also heard very good things about Universal Studios and again, since I like movies, I think this sounds really fun. I would probably round out the L.A. portion of my trip by visiting Venice Beach. I do like to see some weirdos from time to time. In San Diego I know I would visit Sea World and some friends told me about a place called Old Town which sounds cool.  Although I’m not much of a beach goer, I will definitely hit Pacific Beach on my visit.

For San Francisco, I would see this as more of a cultured trip for sure. SoCal is all about fun and San Francisco seems to me more uppity. Not in a bad way mind you, but the quality of hotels and restaurants is superior in my opinion. I’m also very interested in going to Alcatraz to do a tour of that old prison. I have started doing some research on hotels and what I am finding in the Bay Area is definitely nicer, but really pricey. I haven’t found anything decent for under $300.00 per night which to me is really expensive.

After all is said and done I have really given this a lot of thought. I think I have decided on San Francisco but I am really concerned about the price of that trip. Also, I am hesitant to book something now since I’ve been a little ill lately, so if I do, I will definitely be looking to purchase travel insurance. I even found some information on discounts I might be able to get for travel insurance for old geezers like me. My goal would be to visit Northern California first but then someday, when funds permit, I will definitely be visiting the Southern areas of the state.  So exciting!