Wolff Designs

If only the joy of traveling paid enough to keep a roof over my head, but since I haven’t found a way it will, I’ve been working on developing my graphic design skills.

I really enjoy graphic design. This past year I have improved immensely on a range of print graphics and I am continuing to pursue website design. Unfortunately the college only offers one course in web design. While I did make some decent websites, there is so much more to learn. Dreamweaver, which requires a greater knowledge of coding is not my favorite method to design websites.

However here are links to a few I made for class. I’m most impressed with how much I improved throughout the semester. These are in progression from most basic to most complex websites.

http://www.fuchaiwolff.x10host.com/Single%20Page%20Creation/fuchai_wolff.html.html
http://www.fuchaiwolff.x10host.com/Div/div.html
http://www.fuchaiwolff.x10host.com/Final%20Portfolio/
http://www.fuchaiwolff.x10host.com/Club/club.html
http://www.fuchaiwolff.x10host.com/Gallery/index.html
http://www.fuchaiwolff.x10host.com/Java/java.html
http://www.fuchaiwolff.x10host.com/houses/

This year I plan on using a few different programs to design websites. I will be posting my new portfolio website something this year.

Last semester I took a 3D animation class, which wasn’t by choice, however I did work on some really cool things.

3Ds Max Scene

Here I created a bouncing ball breaking glass.

Fish Stamp

This was one of the coolest projects. I designed this on the computer and then it was 3D printed.

Milk Bottle

Not the most fun program to use, but it is really cool to create something from nothing.

I can’t believe I will graduate with my associate’s degree this year. Last year I spent more time working in Photoshop. I don’t consider myself the best at Photoshop, but here is some stuff I worked on. The poster and logo were made in other programs.

 

logo

I designed this logo, and it was picked as the favorite, so I got a $25 gift card.

poster

Just worked on various posters. The more projects I work on the better.

wolff_masks copy

Just an advertisement. Looking at it now, it looks a bit unprofessional. I have learned a lot about design just in the past year.

I really enjoyed working on this one.

I really enjoyed working on this one.

So the more I look at my past Photoshop work, the more I cringe. These are photoshop assignments from my first year in the program and they don't have the polished look I would like.

So the more I look at my past Photoshop work, the more I cringe. These are photoshop assignments from my first year in the program and they don’t have the polished look I would like.

This one did end up decent I will admit.

This one did end up decent I will admit.

 

My favorite class by far has been my Indesign class. Here are several projects I’ve created. Portfolio

Book Cover

I redesigned a book cover.

Business Card

I spent a good amount of time designing this card as well as the logo. This semester I will probably design something completely different. The website and email on this card are made up.

Here is the back of the business card.

Here is the back of the business card.

So that’s it. That’s the kind of stuff I’ve been working on at San Juan College. I have enjoyed it more than I thought. Since I’m such an independent person, this degree seems to be the right fit. My internship at Piñon Hills Community Church is helping immensely. I work a lot in print design and continue to see how I can apply my skills. I really would like to pursue web design and am working on developing some websites for free.

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Welcome 2016

Where should I even begin? Obviously I’ve been slacking in writing. I’ve been slacking in giving myself enough me time. But it’s a new year, and I plan on changing some things. Starting a new year makes me reflect on my past year and think about my continuing future goals.

I’m going to start with where I left off. I finished my third semester of school, began an internship at Piñon Hills Community Church with the marketing director working on graphics, improved immensely on all my graphic design skills and website creation, and of course stayed on top of workouts, having a boyfriend, and doing various projects (mostly cooking related).

I like to tell my story through pictures, so here’s yet another gallery.

As you can see I had quite a full semester. Will do a separate post about my graphics work and school, as well as what I plan on doing this year. I have made it a goal to blog once a week this year (or a minimum of twice per month). I really enjoy sharing parts of my life with you and writing. I hope that you are inspired to do more and to enjoy life. I need to take my own advice and slow down enough to stop and write every once in a while. 🙂

Pumpkin Spice Season

Fall, my favorite season is here and it definitely feels like it. I find it funny that pumpkin spice has been such a huge thing this year. Sometimes it’s fun to obsess over random things. I have to say I like pumpkin spice (haven’t ever tried a pumpkin spice latte), but I pretty much like everything about fall.

It has been such a wet summer and fall is expected to be the same. Summer was fun and exhausting. I certainly stayed busy. School, work, dating, and working out seem to take up all my free time. As always, I find it easier to say what I’m up to with pictures.

About mid July I went to Montana to visit my aunt and uncle who I haven’t seen a couple of years. As soon as I got picked up to the airport I was told we were going to have dinner…and guess where that was? Olive Garden. We got a nice employee discount on our party of 17. Sometimes it’s nicer to be served, than to serve…actually more often than not it’s more fun to be served. It was a really nice evening to reconnect with my cousins.

Spent far too much in planes and cars on this Montana trip. We drove to Glacier National Park which is no where near Big Timber. It was a great vacation to get away from everything at home. I was able to rest and do whatever I wanted.

The rest of this summer has been filled with cooking, projects, work, school, and so on.

It’s Finally Summer

I am still here. Of course busy as ever. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed blogging and writing. This spring semester got really overwhelming as I picked up a job. I started working at Olive Garden as a busser 25 to 30 hours a week. On top of that I was taking five classes (17 credit hours) at the college and working out 5-6 days a week. But I survived and I’m not really sure how I managed it.

After a month and a half of bussing I started being a server at Olive Garden. I like the job pretty well. The days can be really long and exhausting though.

I’m still working out. I’m so glad I have a workout buddy, otherwise I’m pretty sure I would not be going to the gym nearly as often. We completed Insanity during my spring semester (hence 5am workouts). Now we’re swimming, rock climbing, running, and weight-lifting. I can finally do a pull-up and chin-up!

As if serving wasn’t enough, I’m still working at the bed and breakfast once a week as well as house sitting. The “extra time” I have I spend hanging out with my boyfriend, cooking, and keeping up on chores. Life certainly has provided me many opportunities to stay busy. I can’t seem to make myself say no.

Okay enough talking about myself. It’s picture time.

A new year, same me

It’s been too long since I’ve written. It’s amazing how quickly things can get away from me. Last year had quite a few highlights.

2014 recap

  • It was the year of many odd jobs, which had its advantages and disadvantages. I’ve had more than five jobs this year.
  • Traveled to China for the first time and had quite the adventure. I still have a stash of photos that I may get to posting.
  • First boyfriend. Still not very outspoken about this.
  • Bought my first car.
  • Completed a semester of 17 credit hours at San Juan College and got all As.
  • Started working out five to six days a week with a friend. Ran a half marathon (13 miles), but not as a part of a race.
  • Started/joined a book group and game night.
  • Enjoyed as much of everyday as I could.

I’m sure 2015 will bring its own set of adventures. I don’t really have any resolutions for 2015, just a few goals.

  • Now that we’ve run a half marathon we’re tackling the 100 push up challenge (be able to do 100 consecutive push ups). I also want to be able to do pull ups.
  • Read more. Write more.
  • Narrow down all my odd jobs to one part-time job. I am now on the search for a new job (how I hate to wait for phone calls).
  • Save for future traveling.
  • Survive two more semesters of college.

And as the year goes on I’ll have a more goals I’m sure. I wish you all the best for the new year. Enjoy it!

Camera Language

Taking good pictures, even with a decent camera is a lot harder than I ever thought it would be. There are so many aspects of “creating” a good photo. This semester I’m taking an introduction to digital photography so I thought I’d share a few. I still have a lot to learn. I hope to share more at the end of the semester.

Not Always a Walk in the Park

Unfortunately, I was brought up speaking only one language. While you can find an array of English speakers around the world, there are still billions of people who don’t speak English at all. Chances are if you find yourself in another country where English isn’t the primary language, you will have to find some way to communicate. I’ve had my fair share of dealing with language barriers.

The more I travel, the more I learn about how important communication is and how that can connect you to people and culture. The world is becoming more globalized. There is more of a market then just in our own country. Smartling is a translation software program that helps companies bridge language barriers. It does the work of translating content. Technology is a certainly a useful tool to help you overcome language barriers, so don’t be afraid so speak.

It was my second to last day in China. I had been traveling for over two weeks with a family and sometimes on my own. For a majority of the trip, I was with someone who spoke Chinese. I was more confident about traveling and communicating in Chinese, although I had not had much practice. I was on the search for a place called Zhujiajiao. Wanting to save a bit of money, I decided not to take the tour bus from my hostel and instead go on my own. I had read a bit online about where the bus station was, so I took the train to closest to the bus stop. I walked around People’s Park looking for a sign that could possibly indicate where I wanted to go. Dictionary in hand, I proceeded to ask people where the bus stop was for Zhujiajiao. Even if I could get my point across, I could hardly understand the response I was given.

I then happened to ask a young woman where I could find the bus stop. She immediately began trying to help me. She pointed to a place in the city with a similar name. I had to tell her that it wasn’t in the city. I showed her the pinyin hoping she might read Zhujiajiao and recognize it. She had never heard of the place before. However, she continued asking people and eventually we were walking in the right direction. I followed along blindly, wishing I could read and understand a bit more Chinese. She had very limited English, probably about as much Chinese as I knew. Using her iPhone as a translator in combination with both of our limited vocabulary in each other’s languages we were able to communicate. (This was much faster than me looking up words in my dictionary.) She told me it was her day off and that she could come with me if I wanted.

We eventually found the bus stop. It was really nice that she could repeatedly ask questions for me as it would have taken me twice as long to find the place. And then we were off. She immediately pulled out her wallet and paid for both of our tickets. The bus ride was about an hour-long. We exchanged names, ages (she happened to be the same age as me, 19), and what we were doing. I listened to some of her music. She showed me some games and let me play them. I gave her my email address and told her she could visit me in the US anytime.

We spent a few hours in Zhujiajiao, which is called “China’s Venice” because you can tour the city via boats. This was my second time in a water town. It was a very different experience. I tried a few new snacks which I would never have known about. We took a boat tour, which she helped bargain for and she snapped a couple of pictures of us together. She helped me to buy souvenirs for my friends and family back home.

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I made sure to have my money out and pay for the bus ride back into town. We then got back to the train station. I was heading back to meet up with the family I was traveling with and she was meeting up with her friends to go shopping. Somewhere out there in the world are a couple of pictures of this girl and me. I regret not taking a single picture of her. I can’t even remember her name.

A Year Around the World

In May of 2013 I began my gap-year. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do. I just knew that I didn’t want to get stuck in school. I knew I wasn’t at the right school. I had little direction about what I wanted to study or do with the rest of my life. I certainly wasn’t going to stay at school and get in to debt. I did know one thing, that what I really wanted to do was travel–to see the world. And that’s exactly what I did.

As I have already blogged extensively about my travels, I think a timeline is appropriate to layout my year off.

  • May 2013-October 2013       worked full-time as a bank teller
  • October 2013-January 2014       Costa Rica adventures
  • January 2014-March 2014    worked as receptionist
  • April 2014   China trip
  • May 2014-August 2014  a mix of work and play

Well put this way it doesn’t look like I did very much in my gap-year. But that’s far from the truth. I experienced more new things in the last year than I have in all of high school. I worked, I saved money, and I traveled. I was a farmer. I walked on The Great Wall. I lived in two completely new cultures. I learned a new language. I turned a year older. I lived. I learned about myself, about what I want and don’t want. I found contentment instead of uneasiness about the future.

It wasn’t just about work. Work was a means to make money so that I could travel and now it has been a means to pay for an education. I have decided to pursue a degree in Digital Media Arts and Design. And if I don’t like it, I won’t continue it. Then I’ll just live in other countries for a while, become fluent in a couple of languages and see where that takes me.

That’s all a bit over my head right now though. I’m actually excited to start school Monday. I have already paid tuition in full and bought my books.

I will be taking:

Intro to Digital Media Arts and Design
Intro to Digital Editing
Art: Two Dimensional Design
Beginning Spanish
Digital Photography

Be prepared to see some art and photography from my classes this fall.

And so my gap-year did end with starting school again, but this time with more purpose, experience, exploration and questioning. And although it was a gap from traditional schooling, it was a gap filled with far more than I could have imagined for myself.It only took me 90 blog posts to get here.

The End of Summer

I think I must’ve blinked a few too many times. It’s August already. But really that’s just a month of the year. It’s marked how much time has passed since my last big adventure.

So before I start my new one, I thought I’d share a bit of news of what’s happened since I got back from China.

I came back from China at the end of April, looking to settle into a job for a while. Apparently, God had a few other plans for me.

I had a few job interviews with a couple of corporations and didn’t end up getting either job. You can read about that whole fiasco here (it wasn’t really a fiasco, but it certainly hurt my ego).

I already had been turning rooms at Silver River Adobe Inn. The owner was training me to make breakfast and take care of all the Bed and Breakfast tasks for when she and her husband left for trips. I also continued to drive a lady around, who happens to be named Daisy. So jokingly, but mostly seriously I am “Driving Miss Daisy.”

I still needed a job that was a bit more consistent, and I ended up getting a job as a server/busser/cashier at a small Spanish restaurant downtown. Still that totaled only about nine hours a week.

May was light on work, but I still managed to fill everyday with something to do. Then I tapped into the house sitting/pet sitting market. Since June I’ve watched six or seven houses throughout the summer. I also have managed the B&B all on my own.

In July one more job opportunity presented itself. I was asked to start teaching Taekwondo and as I had already been going, it was basically a no-brainer to get paid to go to Taekwondo.

And if you’ve lost count, collectively that’s five jobs. And yes there isn’t much of a consistent schedule, but I made enough for a semester of college as well as other expenses and some fun. Some days four jobs all collided all in one day–like today.

Now that I think about it, all five collided today.

1. I house sat.
2. I turned rooms at the B&B.
3. I worked at the restaurant.
4. I taught Taekwondo.
5. I drove Daisy.

So what’s going to happen now that I start school Monday? I’ll pretty much keep all of those jobs. I just won’t have the same availability I did this summer, which means I won’t get as many hours, but I’ll have homework to focus on.

This summer has taught me a lot. I now have even more work experience, but at a price of some days being incredibly busy and thus exhausting. If one really wants to make and save money, a full-time job is probably a better bet of a consistent paycheck. However, it has been a fun and fulfilling summer. I’ve hardly even had time to think “there’s nothing to do in this town.”

 

 

 

Return to Engineer Peak

Last weekend I went to Engineer Peak again. This time with three different friends. I was disappointed in the fact that the flowers weren’t as vibrant, but the hike was still fun. We packed a lunch and ate after hiking to the summit. Last time I didn’t get to climb to the top because my friend had a dog with him.

Engineer Peak is almost a 13er. I felt quite accomplished getting to the top, as it does require a bit of rock climbing.

And because I made it to the top…I have a few more pictures to share.

Engineer Peak Engineer Peak

If you look closely, you might be able to see me and my friend climbing down.

If you look closely, you might be able to see me and my friend climbing down.

At the summit Made it to the top Engineer Peak Engineer Peak