Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.

May 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


Here it is-the end of the semester. For once, there is no hustling about trying to squeeze in the final project at the last minute. No tears of fear of not passing a class; nothing. It’s slow here now for once in the design center. In fact, this is our last assignment: make a post on your blog, and post your best work for industry to see. That is all. The easiest assignment I can think of.

And here we are, it’s over. Two years ago I started the Advertising and Graphic Design program here at Randolph Community College. And let me tell you, (like I know many people have said about many things before) what a ride it has been. So yes, I suppose it does come as a shock that we are slow here this week. That is never the norm in this place.

I graduate next Wednesday. Picked up my cap and gown yesterday. Yes, I’m walking too. I like walking to get my diploma. I think it’s a good thing. I worked my ass off for two years for this. I completed my major while in the last semester here, giving birth to my son Atticus. There is nothing in my life I am more proud of than finishing my degree on time, while taking care of a (now) 3 month old. Therefore, I’m walking.

When I started here, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Initially, I wanted to attend culinary school and specialize in pastry arts. That didn’t happen, only because my mother refused to let me drive to Greensboro everyday. So, I came here to become a Graphic Designer, which only really sounds fancy, like maybe you’ll just sit on your ass all day and draw pretty pictures on the computer. Um, not likely…not even close, actually. I like it though. It’s hard work, a challenge that I was initially very excited about. I never really lost that excitement, but I’ll admit it has dwindled a bit. I think I’m burnt out a little; I need a break. Not from school, just from designing. It’s been hard for me to combine my art with design. I’ve never done anything quite like this before. Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. And for once in two years I want to draw something that’s not an assignment! So today, when I go home that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing. I already have a picture picked out and I’m going to draw something like I used to and I’m really excited about it.

Here’s the first time I’ve said this publicly-I’m coming back. I’m not finished here, not yet. I’m going to major in something else now, something I feel that I really want to do now. I haven’t said anything until now but only to certain people, mainly because I didn’t want to here anything about it. I’ve made up my mind and while I know there are people doubting me, I know this is what I want now. I’ve been thinking for the past couple of weeks, after already registering for classes-Is this really what I want to do? Maybe it’s just a cop-out. Am I jumping into something else too soon? Yes. No. and No. People may doubt that this is what I really want to do. But I think it is. After telling a friend at work, he told me that my teachers should be happy for me. Everyone should be, he said. He’s right. I know I have a long road ahead of me that’s going to be just as difficult as the one I’m putting aside. But, I know I can succeed at this. My boyfriend told me one day, as I was talking with him for two hours about this; he said “I think you’re grounded enough that you can do whatever you wanted, and be good at it.” My mom, well I think she may be the one with the most doubt about this, but that’s not unusual. She did say to me though, “Only you can decide what you want to do in life.” So, I’m taking those pieces of advice, keeping them in the front of my mind, and moving forward.

And here, as my instructor wants; are some of the pieces I’ve created.

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In the Spotlight: peer designer Paige Purcell

December 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Alright, so this will be a quick one because quite frankly, I’m tired.

Paige is a fellow designer that I attend RCC with. I chose to put her in the spotlight for this post because one: I know she won’t mind. and two: she’s good at what she does.

I interned with Paige this semester at the Greensboro Childrens Museum in Greensboro. We worked as a team on whatever they needed us to. She has a great mind for bouncing ideas off of, and knows when things need to be changed to make it better.

What I like most about Paiges work; is that no matter what she does, it always end up looking great. She has a wide range of talents, that will help her tremendously throughout her design career.

Check her out (she’s on my Blogroll)!


In the Spotlight

December 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

Well, the end of the semester is getting closer. In fact, tomorrow is my last class for which this blog is required (Multimedia Design 1). And I still have 2 blog posts to do by tomorrow morning. Joy. Really, not that I don’t enjoy it; because I do love writing. But there is a reason that I haven’t posted in over a month. I’ve been busy. An excuse? Yes, but it’s true.

Either way, my motivation to actually sit down write these blogs; was actually another assignment for a different class. I was getting burnt out on it. So here we go, blog post #1: a ‘spotlight’ blog post on myself.

I feel that this assignment is a little odd. I think I’d feel better if I had actually had time to take pictures of my work-but I didn’t. I hate to say that there were more important things to do, but that is partly true. Either way, I have to do this; so I’m going to try to make it the best I possibly can.

I’m not entirely sure what to say about myself for this post. Or my work, for that matter. I don’t have photographs; so hopefully my words will be enough to get me a halfway decent grade.

Well, My name is Audrianna Funkhouser. I grew up for 15 years in central New York State; and will complete my growing up here in North Carolina.

I’m going to go ahead and talk about my design. Where I get my inspiration from; ‘Design Aesthetic’. I’m not sure that’s what the assignment is, but- that’s what I’m going to do.

Truthfully, I’m not sure where I draw inspiration from at this point. I think I just do the assignment because I have to. I have things that I like, aspects of design that I like, such as lines and circles. My identity system piece actually uses just that-lines and circles.

In high school, I tried to do anything I could to be surrounded by the arts. I took Foods classes, as well as painting classes and other mediums. I guess I’ve found that I just can’t sit and do one thing and be happy doing that. I like to paint- but I haven’t done it in years now, and I don’t think that if I did that for the rest of my life I’d be content with just that. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be.

Not much of a spotlight, I know. I think I’ll move onto my other post now. Maybe I’ll have more luck with that.


Halloween Cake Designs

November 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Halloween everyone! I realize I am a little late on this. We need a Halloween post related to design; so I figured I would try and combine my weekly post of cake designers/designs and the holiday.

Here are some of my favorite Halloween cake designs that I found!

The first one everyone should know. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Who doesn’t love Jack?! I think my favorite part of this piece are the pumpkins though. Imagine how long it would take to make all of those little pumpkins. The color scheme is great as well!


The second is probably my favorite of the three in terms of design. I am a huge fan of skulls, and the black, red and white color scheme. My favorite part is the cake itself. The webbing on the black of the cake really stands out, while being intricate and beautiful…that could be the cake all itself.


The last cake I believe I found in a magazine. The recipe to make it was an entire spread long, if not more. Very ambitious; and the balance of the decorations on the cake is my favorite aspect of design.




Swank Cake Designs (weekly post)

October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Swank Cake Design is a custom cake studio whose focus is to create visually stunning wedding cakes, each individually tailored to the client’s wishes, with an emphasis on freshness and great taste. Our expertise in cake decorating combined with our knowledge of the latest trends allows us to bring any style to the cake table.” ~Swank Cake Design

To me this is a very odd name for a serious business. I just think the word ‘swank’ sounds extremely odd. Here is the definition:

Swank- (noun or adjective)

  1. dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style
  2. a ‘swagger’ (another word that bothers me)
  3. stylish or elegant
  4. pretentiously stylish

Now, in my opinion the 3rd definition fits this cake design company the best. They do create very stylish and elegant cakes that are very memorable. Best of all- they are local (to me)! They are located in Raleigh, NC; and according to their reviews, they are really quite wonderful.

On their website, they have 4 classifications for their wedding cakes: Classic, Modern, Color, and Rustic. I will post a picture from each category; and the link to their website as well.

What I like most about their designs; is that they are clean and they have a wide range to meet any clients needs ( a major attribute in the design world). Their mission statement above explains them well.



Advertising in the 50’s

October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

  I’ve never really looked at older advertisements for anything. We were given an assignment today to choose a decade (20’s – 80’s), and write a short post about how the advertising looked in that decade: what type of fonts did they use?, etc.

Typical 1950’s advertising focused on the usage of sans-serif fonts, as well as water-color like print designs (like the one pictured on the left). Women had soft tones in their faces in every advertisement and a smile on their face; whether it was an ad for a night out on the town, or simply opening a can of the newest coffee (pictured below). Some of the most well known graphic designers started putting their names out there in the 1950’s. Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, Max Bill, and Saul Bass are just a few. Paul Rand’s redesign of the IBM logo in 1956 was created). using a bold serif typeface (pictured below.)

The following link is where I pulled this above information from, there are also more pictures of advertisements from the 1950’s.


Here is another link that has 50 advertisements from the 1950’s.






Charm City Cakes (weekly post)

October 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Once again, I didn’t live up to my Friday post. But, all I can say is: I will continue to try. Either way, let’s get on with it. This (or last) week’s Cake Designer(s); Charm City Cakes.

Now, Charm City Cakes is the name of the company and they are also a ‘celebrity’ cake designer company. Duff Goldman is the owner and even though he is the main brains behind the operation, I felt that it was unfair to list him as the only cake designer for this company; simply because he’s not the only one.

Most of us (at least I hope) have probably heard of Charm City Cakes, or watched the Food Network show ‘Ace of Cakes’. If not, you really should. What this business does is really quite impressive. They have a staff in which everyone has their own specialty to partake in the designs of their cakes; and well as innovative and creative ideas that impress everyone. Their website is also straight-forward and easily navigated so check it out! http://www.charmcitycakes.com/