The folder of shame

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Art has always been a part of my life. Even when I was bad at it

Growing up, I was taught that being an artist wasn’t a viable career. As if it’s was written in stone that you will end up living in a tiny New York apartment struggling to make ends meet while eating $1 ramen—or worse, with your parents. But, his didn’t stop me. I was always drawn to digital art even before I knew what it was. I spent so many nights of my childhood staying up late, blasting music, and trying to draw on Microsoft Paint. Plus, I enjoy ramen. In high school, I kept at it even though I was “supposed to be” focused on joining the STEM field. I even upgraded my software from Paint to Powerpoint. I would make anything from t-shirts to posters in powerpoint for my school. I know that the print shop hated me for this. But, I was having so much fun solving problems through art. Those designs will never see the light again.

COLLLISON REALTY MY FIRST WEBSITE DESIGN
Previous Collison Realty Website Design by Elexia Johnson

In college, I designed my first website for Collison Realty using WordPress and CSS. Even though I was self-taught, I worked hard to design something I could be somewhat proud of. 

MORE THAN A PRINCESS PROJECT MY FIRST WEBSITE DESIGN
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At this point, I finally felt confident with Illustrator. I used it to fulfill a class assignment on social media activism that focused on gendered stereotypes in Disney princesses. Nowadays, I just cringe at the paint splatters. 

CITY OF LAKEWOOD REBRAND UNDERGRADUATE CAPSTONE
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“As long as you're having fun then that's all that matters grandbaby!"

 

—My grandmother

I was feeling ambitious so I tackled a city rebrand for my final culminating project. Let's be honest, the logo is bad but I did my best. Click the image for the full report. 

HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP SHIRTS MY FIRST TSHIRT DESIGNS
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In high school, I created a lot of designs but I only knew how to use PowerPoint. While it was very resourceful of me, the printers absolutely hated me for sending .pptx file. 

In high school, I created a lot of designs but I only knew how to use PowerPoint. While it was very resourceful of me, the printers absolutely hated me for sending .pptx file. 

MY FIRST DESIGNS I DONT KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING
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As a kid, I loved to make graphics from songs that were purely fueled by emotions. This is how I truly started in design. Some of these passion pieces is how I landed my internship. Fun fact: My grandma has an archive of all my "original" artworks.