I Earned a 100 on My First Graphic Design Assignment!

As I shared in this post last month, I resumed college coursework this month towards my BA in Graphic Design. My course began last week and y’all, I had to shake the dust off as I started my first graphic design assignment.

Two and half years have passed since I completed my first degree so it’s been a bit since I had homework. I planned ahead last week and completed the readings and preliminary assignment early. However, I didn’t complete my last weekly assignment until the last few hours before it was due last weekend. The prompt really stumped me! Our instructor asked us to come up with a business name for our own imaginative design business. She advised us to consider our ideal market – which for me would be small business and creative entrepreneurs in the South. The caveat was that the name couldn’t be our own name (which is good, because I have already staked claim over the business name ‘Kyla Mary’!) and it couldn’t be an existing business name.

my first graphic design assignment

I consulted this book in the process of brainstorming!

I originally planned to use ‘Hive and Harvest’ because I appreciate business names that follow the ‘Word and Word’ formula. The words sounded timeless and veered away from being trendy, which I liked. Sadly, that name was taken by an Australian honey company. In fact, my next several ideas were taken too!  It must be meant to be that I use my own name in real life. I ultimately came up with the name ‘Forage and Foundry’, which has a nice ring to it! We will be using this business name throughout the entire term, ultimately building our final project around it. I’m excited to share that I earned a 100 on the first assignment!

It’s tricky to take a foundational graphic design course after working as a professional designer for the past few years.  The content is pretty simple compared to what I’ve done, and the assignments are attached to a rubric. I’m used to working for myself and serving my clients without rules, but I am choosing to embrace this challenge. Ultimately, I am so thankful for the opportunity to take college coursework toward a degree in design! It is a huge blessing to be able to do this in a way that works for Dillon and I and our budget – I am truly blessed!

My New Favorite Song

Happy Tuesday, Friends! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about slowing down time and being present exactly where I’m at. My mom instilled this in me around middle school, illustrating it through songs like You’re Gonna Miss This. I’ve never been one to rush growing up. I distinctly remember feeling worried at the beginning of my senior year of high school that time would fly too quickly and I’d miss the experience. Thanks to the intentionality she instilled in me, I can still remember that year vividly, along with every year since.

When I first heard ‘Dear Life’ by High Valley last week, it resonated so much with this value of mine! Scroll down to read through the lyrics and then be sure to give it a listen. It’s quickly become my new favorite song!

via Leen Machine Calligraphy

Dear Life by High Valley

Dear Life, I hope you know
I’ve loved you every mile down this road
Had my share of hits and misses
Tryin’ to keep between the ditches
Dear Life, I hope you know

Dear Life, what’s your plan
Is where I’m suppose to be, right where I am
If it is, then I’m not leavin’
If it ain’t, then I’ll keep on dreamin’
Dear Life, what’s your plan

Now you’re flying by too fast
I’m about to make you last
I’m beggin’ on you please, just slow down
You’re scaring me to death
I’m tryin’ to catch my breath
Don’t wanna let you go
I’m hangin’ on for dear life
Oh oh dear life
Hangin’ on for dear life
Oh oh dear life

Dear Life, how’s it look
When you read the next few pages of my book
Am I with the ones I love
Down here or up above
Dear Life, how’s it look

I wanna leave my mark
Love til it breaks my heart
Live so loud that my forever
Echoes in the dark
I wanna leave my mark
Love til it breaks my heart
Live so loud that my forever
Echoes in the dark

Listen to the song here.

 

Morning Commute Playlist

I’m slowly but surely becoming a morning person, y’all. I look forward to cozying up with my cup of coffee to slowly wake up each day. Since I have not yet mastered the 6 o’clock wake up time, my morning routine typically continues during my commute as well. As a result, I’ve realized that my morning commute playlist has helped turn the drive to work into a novelty in my day. Rather than defaulting to auto-pilot mode in the morning, I now look forward to and truly enjoy my drive. As we step into a new week, I’m sharing my playlist with you this morning!

my morning commute playlist - kyla mary

Rhyme and Reason by Alexandra Wolf Photography 

Simply click here and listen on Spotify. Happy Monday, y’all!

What songs would you include in a morning commute playlist? Share your favorites below and I might add them to my list!