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Weekly Review Oct 20-27

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Artwork by Chris Comella of Go Media

I started using my Action Method Book from Behance again and pretty much stopped using tasks in Outlook. I find physically writing it down makes me feel more productive. I am not sure why. The Action Method books themselves don’t help me that much though because I don’t use them any differently than I would a standard piece of paper. I’m usually focusing on day-to-day tasks that are small and unrelated to eachother so it makes no sense to use the “action steps.” So why do I use the book? Well, for one, I have it and don’t want it to go to waste. And for two, it’s dotted graph paper and spiral binding just make it easy.

Anyway, here’s what I did last week.

  • Continued discussion with CS Cart developers. We’re working on Arsenal 2.0 still – but we took a big step and they installed it on our server. We’re going back and forth testing and bug reporting until it’s done. Adam Wagner is clicking away as we speak uploading products and writing descriptions. That stuff takes forever. But it’s coming along nicely.
  • Did a 3D model of this crazy zen product called “The Tetrad.” They call it the “art of stillness.”
  • The shirt I did for Paint the Stars finally was released and is available for sale. They used a cut and sew technique to pull off the full frontal skull print. I think it looks rad.
  • Paint the Stars is also selling the Candy Lettering hoodie I did for them.
  • Worked on some new vector packs for the Robot and Bound packs that are going to be out soon
  • Had a meeting with this guy from UPS to help us set up our shipping dept. at Go Media. Basically, we need an automated way of handing the shipping of our merch now that we have the space to store it. We’ll be selling shirts and posters and other goodies in our Arsenal 2.0 store.
  • Submitted a few unapproved client designs to Jakprints for their “Touch and Feel” project. They plan on selling samples of high end printing techniques to allow their customers to get a more hands on look at their ability to do high end shirt printing.
  • Did a type treatment for Fearless records. They had a small budget, so I chose to do a simple chromed out 80′s metal inspired logo. I still have to finish it…
  • Did an interview with Designfeedr for their series on Black and White images.
  • Did another interview with The Familiar Strangers. That should show up soon.
  • Did some miscellaneous manual labor around the new office. Stuff is still being worked on and today was especially noisy as they install a few counter tops, a door handle, and finishing our conference table.

So what did you do this past week?

Btw, the artwork in this post was done by Chris Comella for a new screen printed poster we’re doing.

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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  • White

    Nice Post.Thanks.I dont have a diary but it will be nice to have.
    “So what did you do this past week?”
    Nothing… school and home and practice design :)
    But nothing special.. boring

    [I'm new here:) i want to know you :) so if you are interested contact
    me at felix_m94m@yahoo.com ... if you have gmail you can add yahoo i]
    Sorry for the last part :P

  • White

    Nice Post.Thanks.I dont have a diary but it will be nice to have.
    “So what did you do this past week?”
    Nothing… school and home and practice design :)
    But nothing special.. boring

    [I'm new here:) i want to know you :) so if you are interested contact
    me at felix_m94m@yahoo.com ... if you have gmail you can add yahoo i]
    Sorry for the last part :P

  • Lisa

    cool art. Post new pics of the office! Can’t wait to see what kind of progress you guys have made.

  • Lisa

    cool art. Post new pics of the office! Can’t wait to see what kind of progress you guys have made.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Liz

    Jeff, I’m with you about physically writing down tasks. I borrowed the “Action List” idea from Behance and created my own version. On Mondays, I start by writing out a full list of “actions” that need to be taken for the week. Every morning I detail what I need to focus on for the day, then at the end of the day I write down what I ACTUALLY did. This gives me an idea of how focused or unfocused I was, and it helps me keep track of all the small yet important things I did.

  • Matt

    Selling merch! Woo-hoo!!!

  • Simon H.

    Well this last week was kind of busy too, because the guys I’m working with/for want to put some online shopping cart up, so I had to do some researches on available options (scripts and so on).
    Then I had other web projects that are coming along and it’s pretty busy too ;-)

  • http://www.robotmojo.com JoMo

    Re: Fearless Records logo. If you get a great idea for someone’s logo (or any project i suppose) and their budget is small, do you consciously skirt the amount of time you put into it? I guess I mean to ask, are you always conscious of how much time your putting into a project in regards to the allotted budget?

    I’m finding this to be the most difficult part of working for clients (especially taking in high-volumes with low-budgets) in that I want the quality of my work to hold to the same standard I think I’m capable of and reflect well upon my company. Is this just a matter of learning to work more efficiently? Or do you have a rough idea of how long each of your different styles will take you to execute?

  • http://www.robotmojo.com JoMo

    Re: Fearless Records logo. If you get a great idea for someone’s logo (or any project i suppose) and their budget is small, do you consciously skirt the amount of time you put into it? I guess I mean to ask, are you always conscious of how much time your putting into a project in regards to the allotted budget?

    I’m finding this to be the most difficult part of working for clients (especially taking in high-volumes with low-budgets) in that I want the quality of my work to hold to the same standard I think I’m capable of and reflect well upon my company. Is this just a matter of learning to work more efficiently? Or do you have a rough idea of how long each of your different styles will take you to execute?

  • ChequeredManiac

    Chris’s design kicks ass. Looking forward to some robots. Are there going to be user accounts in Arsenal 2.0?

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    It would be cool to see a new Fearless logo. I’m not a fan of their current one.

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    It would be cool to see a new Fearless logo. I’m not a fan of their current one.

  • http://colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    I posted a set of argyle pattern swatches and a round up of video tutorials for fashion sketching.

  • http://colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    I posted a set of argyle pattern swatches and a round up of video tutorials for fashion sketching.

  • LizHunt

    Jeff, I’m with you about physically writing down tasks. I borrowed the “Action List” idea from Behance and created my own version. On Mondays, I start by writing out a full list of “actions” that need to be taken for the week. Every morning I detail what I need to focus on for the day, then at the end of the day I write down what I ACTUALLY did. This gives me an idea of how focused or unfocused I was, and it helps me keep track of all the small yet important things I did.

  • http://clintford.com clint

    whoa, thought that was jasper goodall art at first.

  • http://clintford.com clint

    whoa, thought that was jasper goodall art at first.

  • Matt

    Selling merch! Woo-hoo!!!

  • Simon H.

    Well this last week was kind of busy too, because the guys I’m working with/for want to put some online shopping cart up, so I had to do some researches on available options (scripts and so on).
    Then I had other web projects that are coming along and it’s pretty busy too ;-)

  • http://studiomds.com Mds

    @ JoMo Good question I’d like to hear the answer to that as well.

  • http://studiomds.com Mds

    @ JoMo Good question I’d like to hear the answer to that as well.

  • ChequeredManiac

    Chris’s design kicks ass. Looking forward to some robots. Are there going to be user accounts in Arsenal 2.0?

  • Tim

    You sure do get a lot done in a week. I really need to get some more projects going.

  • Tim

    You sure do get a lot done in a week. I really need to get some more projects going.

  • http://www.spgrafiks.com Simona

    It is sort of quiet at work, which gives me some time to think rather then move my hands across the keyboard. I also started sketching out some ideas and that feels great. I kinda neglected the whole sketching part due my current employment (my bosses wants things faster than fast and always tell me that there is no time for a storyboard :(.) And then there is a long time needed update on my portfolio site, which is an ongoing thing……and then there is….and then that…

    I need a 36 hour day…:)

  • http://www.spgrafiks.com Simona

    It is sort of quiet at work, which gives me some time to think rather then move my hands across the keyboard. I also started sketching out some ideas and that feels great. I kinda neglected the whole sketching part due my current employment (my bosses wants things faster than fast and always tell me that there is no time for a storyboard :(.) And then there is a long time needed update on my portfolio site, which is an ongoing thing……and then there is….and then that…

    I need a 36 hour day…:)

  • Eric Thayne

    Nice! I’d like to see a tut on that candy lettering…

    eh?

  • Eric Thayne

    Nice! I’d like to see a tut on that candy lettering…

    eh?

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @JoMo – If the client has a low budget, I try to figure out how I can best meet their needs while trying my best to limit myself to the amount of hours in the budget. I do want to do my best work every time, but not every project requires me to spend as much time as possible on it. I lose money if I spend too many hours on it and they can only afford XX amount. It’s also not fair to clients who DO have the budget to pay me to spend a long time on their project. So I try to keep it even and fair based on how long it will take me to do the job.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @JoMo – If the client has a low budget, I try to figure out how I can best meet their needs while trying my best to limit myself to the amount of hours in the budget. I do want to do my best work every time, but not every project requires me to spend as much time as possible on it. I lose money if I spend too many hours on it and they can only afford XX amount. It’s also not fair to clients who DO have the budget to pay me to spend a long time on their project. So I try to keep it even and fair based on how long it will take me to do the job.

  • tzToDo

    Great find on the Action Book, looks like a competing product for baseCamp or something practically.
    Are there more resources like that, I’ld love to be able to print out a sheet like the Action book or similar, just to get in the habit of how to use it. Looks like a great, what do you call, GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology.
    Thanks Jeff!
    What about ‘dem Browns, they knocked off the Giants the other week, that might wind up being the highlight of their season. I think we have an official “under dawg” to root for again this year, as opposed to a “Top Dawg”… :( :)

  • tzToDo

    Great find on the Action Book, looks like a competing product for baseCamp or something practically.
    Are there more resources like that, I’ld love to be able to print out a sheet like the Action book or similar, just to get in the habit of how to use it. Looks like a great, what do you call, GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology.
    Thanks Jeff!
    What about ‘dem Browns, they knocked off the Giants the other week, that might wind up being the highlight of their season. I think we have an official “under dawg” to root for again this year, as opposed to a “Top Dawg”… :( :)

  • Dan

    Excellent job..
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