WE HAVE MOVED

February 21, 2010

http://capitalgeedesign.com/blog/We have moved. Please come visit us at our new location. Thank you.

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NEW BLOG LAYOUT IS COMPLETE

February 20, 2010

My new blog layout is “complete”…when I say “complete” I mean: I finished the design and have posted it live: http://capitalgeedesign.com/blog/ …BUT I now need your feedback. Is it better? Worst? Should I stick with the old version? Switch¬† to the new? Keep both? Which do you like better? Why? Please comment and let me know.

-Garrett Gee

When beginning a design project, I use what I call an “Inspiration Board”. Each project has its own style…personality…flavor…purpose. The reason for putting this Inspiration Board together is to help set the tone as I begin and work through the project til completion. Inspiration Boards can include images, colors, words, phrases, objects, and even music. Often, when first discussing a project with a client, I will have them explain to me how they envision it. From their description, I will then put together an Inspiration Board. Also, I will ask them to add to the Inspiration Board themselves. This usually means searching the web or magazines for images, website, or colors that represent their goal/vision.

Yesterday, I began redesigning the layout and template for this blog. I like this layout, but it is not completely “my style”. First thing I did was put together a “Project Playlist” for me to listen to while I worked. Second, I put together a “Inspiration Board”. The results were…well…”my style”. I’ll switch my blog to the new template as soon as I’m finished. In the meantime, to give you a little taste, here are 3 songs off my “Project Playlist”: Pata Pata , Somebody to Love , You and I

Enjoy.

I just updated my online portfolio with some new work. With it, I added a new feature to the Capital Gee Design website: A new button which allows visitors to view the full image of my work displayed in my online portfolio. I’ve only added this feature to a few images to begin. Depending on the feedback I receive from you all, I will either add the feature to all other images, or remove it all together. Please check it out and let me know what you think: <new button>

I love the “CREATION” aspect of design: To take an idea/vision, and bring it to life. Especially when my “canvas space” is an entire wall.

The Student Athlete Building on Brigham Young University campus had a wall needing to be replaced. They showed me the wall I would be working on, and explained what changes needed to be made. I actually really like the “Classic BYU” image they already had, but they wanted something “up to date”. Besides their few specific changes, BYU granted me total design freedom. In this blog entry I will share with you my personal process from VISION to CREATION. Your feedback is very welcome. Enjoy.

Original Wall

Original Wall

Requested Changes

Requested Changes

First Draft

First Draft

Second Draft

Second Draft

Third Draft

Third Draft

FINAL DRAFT

FINAL DRAFT

...from computer screen...

...from computer screen...

...to the wall...

...to the wall...

by Garrett Gee

by Garrett Gee

DJ Earworm comes to Utah

January 30, 2010

Last Wednesday night at 10:30 pm I received an email from my buddies at blurb notifying me of a 3 day designers conference going on at Grand America Hotel. The Altitude Design Summit would be attended by graphic designers, interior designers, industrial designers, musicians, photographers, fashion designers, and the bloggers that blog about them. I had to be there.

Without knowing how I would travel there, or how I would pay the $400 entry fee, I packed up extra clothes, a nice tie of course, 1,000 business cards, set them by the door, and went to bed. Long intense story, short: The networking conference began the next day at 6:30 pm and I arrived via carpool/hitch hike/Utah Trax  in front of the Grand America Hotel by 6:25 pm.

The conference included networking events, a social dinner/dance, classes, speakers, great food, and top designers/bloggers from all across the nation. The whole event was inspirational and I could write about it all day. But one of my favorite speakers was Friday’s Keynote speaker during lunch: DJ Earworm.

DJ Earworm (aka Jordan Roseman) is a San Francisco-based mashup artist. He has become most famous for his yearly “United State of Pop” mashups where he combines the top 22-25 Billboard songs into 1 crazy-exciting mashup. And by “famous” I mean FAMOUS. He was December 2010’s most watched video on youtube with over 9 million views!

He began his speech by explaining the origin of “mashups”, that before there were ever full 100% original compositions, there were mashups. In Europe, clans would have their trademark tune, instrument, or sound. When they would meet with other clans from other lands, they would play their tunes together. It was later that people began creating full original compositions.

My favorite thing about DJ Earworm was how much he loved his own work. He would get so excited to show us samples of his work and even though he put on video to go with his songs, the audience couldn’t help but watch him as he rocked out to his own music.

It was a pleasure to go up and meet him afterwards. Great guy. He gave away 4 signed CDs and I was lucky enough to walk away with one of them. I support DJ Earworm. Enjoy:

DJ EARWORM CD signed

DJ EARWORM CD signed

ECO SCRAPS LOGO/BRANDING

January 27, 2010

I need your opinion. I’m involved with a new company, Eco Scraps. We turn old food (garbage), into useful fertilizer. I’ve been working on our logo/branding and would like your feedback: Which is your favorite? I appreciate for your input.

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