April 01, 2013:
Oh this has been a weekend of indulgence, decadence and becoming ever more sloth-like. Delicious Pizza Libretto with fabulous clients on Friday, Blondies on the Island with Uncle Ken on Saturday, a right British Fry Up at the Bristol Yard Sunday morning-ish and then smoked briskett with the other side of the family come dinner time. It's a wonder I can even lift my fingers to type this.
Walked by a former student of mine on Saturday afternoon. I was too shocked to see him all grown up to get my brain/tongue/mouth all working together and by the time I did it was too late - so I did the next best thing and messaged him on facebook to tell him I'd just walked past him. Sweet Quinn is probably my all time favourite. I taught him in Grade 3 - he was going to a pub to drink and watch the hockey game so it's been a few years and thensome since I last saw him. Hasn't really changed just got bigger. He borrowed another teacher's engagement ring and proposed to me in front of the class. Such a sweet boy.
I don't miss teaching though there is much it does bring to the business of design. I have to teach clients and staff/suppliers/other designers all the time. It's just the nature of communicating the creative and why you would do something over something else. I much rather teach about design than primary school that is for darn sure. It is nice however, to be friendly with so many former students who are all now adults. I was VERY young when I started teaching - I'd just turned 23 so I remind myself of that when I run into sweet lil kids all grown up.
I'm on deadlines for KBIS and I will be honest, I'm struggling not gonna lie. I've already mentioned how unrewarding designing a concept space is for me on a personal level. It's having the wonky/bizarre/OCD/rule based restrictions that truly make what I do rewarding. You need parameters including budgets to help make making decisions all the easier. Being able to do anything no matter what the cost - well it's just not the same. Bloody hard in fact! So I write this instead of sketching. We are supposed to do some sort of rendering of the space. I don't believe in doing a big one for any design project. Too restricting if you have it all mapped out before it's done and I ALWAYS change my mind about something or derive inspiration where I'm not quite expecting it. Even more important is that if a client sees a fully rendered drawing then they are more likely to fixate good/bad on something either before you do it which can delay the process or after it is installed because of what was seen in that drawing. I prefer my sketches/renderings to give a mood/feel but not be too perfect. This makes for a much better reveal always!!!!