Taking It To The Next Level

Koozie Central Blog Day 19:

Learning Comic

Having just started to take over more responsibility in the company, I’ll now be needing to be involved with a great deal more of the design process (like 90% vs. 15%).  Before I enjoyed creating designs just because it was fun and creative.  Now I’ll be responsible for the designs as the safety net (one of the other full-time owners) slowly gets pulled away.

I am sincerely looking forward to being able to use some of my creative energy to create lovely personalized koozies designs that make people happy.  Of course I have nothing on those who have actually gone to design school, but it sure is fun to learn how to at least do the basics.  Who knows… maybe graphic design classes are in my future.

As of today, I will be using the web and all of its many tools to my advantage and will be starting GIMP tutorials via You Tube.  Gimp also has many tutorials that can be read on their site, but as a visual person – I tend to find it easier to split the screen, video on one side, GIMP on the other, and do as I see.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed tutorials on YouTube and to all those who have contributed to making GIMP the fantastic program that it is! You are all awesome!

The Day Frustration Takes Over

Koozie Central Blog Day 18:

There are many, many wonderful benefits to living and working not only outside of the country but in a sunny, warm tropical one as well.  There is nothing more satisfying than watching an NFL game in January seeing the snowfall in Green Bay and sitting at an outdoor bar watching the game on a flat screen drinking a Corona while yachts softly bump the dock behind you.  The even better

Isla Contadora - Panama

part about having a job/company like this one is I can even bring my laptop to said bar and work while watching the snowy game with the ocean breeze blowing around me.  It feels utterly luxurious to be sitting on a tropical island beach, working in my bikini

while stationed under a giant umbrella drinking a frosty beer with a personalized koozie on it (very important in this climate!).

However, there are days and there are days.  There will be those days no matter where you live, but it definitely does not make them any easier.  This past Friday was a day.  We have an office computer.  This computer has all of the Corel 11 files installed, gimp files, and the part of gimp that can read .eps files (very complicated – I have unsuccessfully installed Ghostwriter on my computer twice now).  My laptop only has Corel 9 so it cannot read the Corel 11 files.  I am also just starting on my path to becoming a fabulous graphic designer so I still find it quite challenging to say, turn something black.  Well, Friday was also a pay day – which means traffic is insane.  So lazy me, takes a cab to work (about a 25 minute walk/5 minute cab).  I sat on traffic, obvi.  I get to work and there is no functioning internet in the area.  So the only computer that can read these files is completely non-helpful and of course since there’s no internet I can’t even do some work.  I end up going to 3 different internet cafes (apparently my computer is fussy about which routers it will connect to) sit in traffic for a total of 2 hours (I wore very non-practical walking shoes) and arrive home back at square 1 and 2 hours late on the start of my work day.    Those are the days when living and working abroad makes me want to hide in my air conditioned bedroom with some wanton soup and take a nap.

Gimp Rocks

Koozie Central Blog Day 16:

Before beginning this online personalized koozies venture, I’d always feel slightly left out when someone would refer to “blogging”, the “online community” or use fancy words such as “pixels”, “banners” or “ppc”.  These may now be words that are fairly commonplace, but I sincerely feel as though my generation is part of an interesting bridge.

It was easy enough for me to get by in High School with just your typical typing and basic Microsoft classes and it was just as easy for me to go through college taking a basic HTML class and being happy that I could change the background color.  It seems as though my fellow generationers (sp?) could make a choice whether they’d like to know more about the world wide web or not.  These days it seems like my niece at age 5 knows more about my computer than I ever will.  I suppose this is how our parents felt when the car phone first came out.

While it may sound frustrating or even difficult, I must say I relish in the fact that I have previously known next to nothing about online “ishes” and basic graphic design (as applicable to koozie sales and wordpress).  each time I learn something new it’s a small (

who am I kidding, GIGANTIC) victory.  Last week I worked for 2 hours on a small banner.  It was 125×125 and is 2 pink squares, with white text and some light background “texturing”.  I took an online tutorial from a most helpful member of Etsy who throughtfully posted a step by step on how to create a banner in Gimp.  I layered, I aligned and I saved as .jpg and felt as though I’d conquered the world.

Check out the ad on beantownbride.com and let me know if you think my minor Gimp victory was worth it!