When I started this blog, I intended to keep it strictly professional: no venting about a long day at work, no sharing pictures of my puppy (which I do without shame on my other, less professional social media pages). However, with this entry, I am going to dip my toes into the waters of my personal life to make a point about my professional one. (Really, there is a link, I promise.)
I’m getting married in September, and, when my fiance and I got engaged last March, I decided I wanted a big wedding. Not a “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” big wedding, but a “make sure all of our extended family members and family friends and their kids are invited” big wedding. As a result, I’ve had to hire vendors for a variety of services that, two years ago, I just assumed individuals did themselves while planning their weddings.
However, one of the services I promised I would not pay for was invitation design services. Sure, websites like VistaPrint, Minted and even Etsy make it easier (and cheaper) than ever for brides to purchase customized invites, but I use InDesign and PhotoShop nearly every day (gosh darn it!) and I don’t need to pay for design services. In an effort to get the creative juices flowing, I looked at hundreds of sample invites and designs, ranging from classical to modern. While I was ultimately able to design my own invites, it made me realize that I need to improve my graphic design skills in an effort to truly become a more multi-faceted, modern communicator. Luckily, I was able to put a message out to my Twitter followers asking for advice on how to improve my skills, and got some great results:
- Tuts+: A great site that seems to offer how-to advice on nearly every topic under the sun, including photography, web design, graphic design, and more.
- You Suck At PhotoShop: This video series provides a great visual on how to effectively use PhotoShop– great for visual learners!
With these resources, as well we others I’ve stumbled upon through my own Google searches, I plan to begin improving my graphic design skills on my own time, much like I am with coding.