How do I engage with Social Media?

Reluctantly…but with more and more frequency – that’s how I currently engage with social media.

Just saying those words – Social Media – creates a lump in my throat, a knot in my neck…And when I’m open to actually observing how my body reacts when faced with the idea about being a consistently ACTIVE SOCIAL MEDIA USER – I have to own up to the fact that it makes me cringe. And that being very active on social media is actually one of my biggest fears.

For a lot of reasons.

It seems like a giant wormhole. Where does it end? When does it stop? Do I have to constantly police all of my social media channels, to make sure there aren’t haters and trolls?

I have fear – deep in my gut for how connected we all seem to be to screens – in all their guts and glory and many, many various forms.

I know that Social Media is a powerful tool for good and positivity and to help enlighten and uplift… It’s amazing that every second of every day, new messages are transmitted to help inform others about oppressions, about beauty, about hate, and about everything in between every extreme.

And so we live in this world…what are we to do? DO WE ENGAGE?

Here’s how I engage with Social Media:

I am interested in creating more art and seeing more of the world – so I’m interested in creating a social media presence for people who can relate to the things I like, the things I feel passionate about, and any where we find common ground and interest.

This blog is new to me – It’s been created as part of my current Graphic Design school assignments. But, it’s a fun experiment in writing.

I also use Facebook and Instagram. Instagram is fun for me – and I can engage with people by using hashtags or simply exploring interesting images that I’ve seem in my networks.

I’m a visual person, so I draw a lot of inspiration from Instagram and I hope I can inspire others too – to know that there’s beauty and fun and possibility and entertainment out there.

Facebook is more of a struggle for me – every time I try to tag a person or business it doesn’t seem to work properly, but that’s ok, because I’m not really trying to engage people actively on Facebook.

And one of the reasons why – is that SOCIAL MEDIA is time consuming. And as little as I post, I spend more time browsing social media or creating a post than I would like. Perhaps using a good post scheduling app/platform would help with efficiency/saving me time. But I struggle with feeling like that’s an inauthentic way to engage. I guess for now my heart isn’t all in on social media.

Should I use RGB or CMYK for my InDesign Workspace?

Preparing artwork for print is one of the things that is guaranteed to cause headaches for designers from time to time. One thing that I’ve learned as a design student is that it’s smart to start planning a project by thinking of the output first. How am I going to deliver this design project?

The output is really all that matters in the end.

So, we want to make sure that we set ourselves up so that our final product looks outstanding – or else – we end up looking less than professional.

I found a great article with some pre-press tips. It showed me that as technology advances, so must we. This article explains why it may now be ok to place RGB images in InDesign & simply convert them to CMYK later (instead of on the front-end). Yes, it’s suggesting just to convert images when ready to print (instead of converting to CMYK from the start).

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I’m not totally convinced or willing to suggest following this article’s method to a tee, but I do plan to experiment with their suggestions. And like they say in the article: “When you convert RGB images to CMYK, you lose those out-of-gamut colors, and they won’t come return if you convert back to RGB.”

With so many marketing campaigns including digital applications – keeping your images as RGB (to retain as many colors and pixels as possible) seems like a good practice & you can always convert to CMYK, if needed, before sending any files ‘for print’ to the printer.

An exploration in design and that DIY life…

My name is Annick and I’m a graphic design student who’s been out exploring: in nature, in the art world, inside myself… I’ve been figuring out new ways to hold my place in this world. I’ve been learning to metal smith and have really fallen in love with the idea of making jewelry (now, to set up my studio so I can be actively making jewelry)! Later this month, I’m picking screen printing back up. It’s fun to be trying so many new things (even if some of them were a big part of my past) – it’s all new when you pick up new materials, on a new day, try new processes, new designs – each moment is fresh as you’re just being present and working your way through it. I’m at a time in my life where I’m trying not to limit myself – instead, I’m seeking more art in my life (I love a good gallery stroll). I’m trying to learn more DIY skills, this includes learning about all different facets of design: architecture, Adobe software, photography…and I can’t wait to keep up my coursework so I can learn some more print production techniques and animation in the coming semesters. Life is more fun when we try new things! Welcome to my world, where I hope we’ll all keep learning skills and learning more about ourselves.