April 29, 2008

Shavings of thought in the very late evening

-The show goes up this weekend. I only have four more things to design...
-Walkthroughs with the clients over the weekend. Involves me staying in SF's newest hotel. The hardship!
-Hoping no one decides we need to create new art as a result of those walkthroughs...
-Lots of thoughts about how work-schedule affects personality. Reflections back to Jrex as a resident. Many conversations with him that leave him gratified that I finally 'get it'.
-What's wrong with this area/my workplace that one of my coworkers was bemoaning the fact she couldn't work past midnight, "My body just shuts down".
-My biggest design 'triumphs' have been redoing some of the basic information design around the conference. Better maps, signage, pocket guides, security access cards: all the elements that are invisible if done right, yet AWFUL when done wrong.

Tomorrow morning I get to take the train up to the city and walk to the convention center (about 15 minutes). Along the way there's a great little hole-in-the-wall breakfast and coffee deli where I'll grab and egg and cheese croissant and a chai. I'm looking forward to the break in the routine and just being away from the office. We'll be inspecting all 20 of the banners before they hang them. Some are 11 ft high by 20 ft long. The inspection involves unrolling vinyl so smelly that the test strip fumigated the design studio for two days. This show is supposed to be 'grn' friendly, but the banners are SO NOT good. I need to research a company that takes that and makes bags with it. We can then sell them at next year's show. It would at least be a minimal level of grn consciousness in the midst of a sea of plastics...

3 comments:

Rachel said...

Glad it's almost over! And yeah, the work culture there is not healthy.

OTR sister said...

Our friend M's husband works for Boe-ing and he's at a management training for 3 weeks that requires him to have no contact with his family even though he is in the same city. No phone calls, nothing. It is like they want to break their managers - if you can't put us before your family then you don't belong here.

What's more screwed up is that M is pregnant and the doctors tell her she is likely to have her 3rd miscarriage. She's figured out a code of how to tell him if it happens but she's also scared to go through it alone.

What is up with our society and culture? Sorry for the diatribe but it both angers and scares me.

I'm glad you're almost done and can go back to the normal level of craziness!

so-yun said...

yay! i wanna see your stuff! =)