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There’s not much new in my personal life, but a lot in store for the academic life and I’m excited to share. It’s been a great semester! I celebrated my 22nd birthday, got three pieces of my work displayed in the showcase in the Graphic Design building and got my bike seat stolen. Life, as always, is never dull. So buckle up tight, get ready for the ride and here we go!

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  • TO THE LEFTThe photograph taken for a magazine article that will be featured in GD USA for the January/February edition. Photographer: Dennis Burnett, SCAD

    FALL

    I cant believe this is my third official newsletter! How time flies when youre having fun! And I truly am. I hope this method of updating you all is efficient and enjoyable. Theres not much new in my personal life, but a lot in store for the academic life and Im excited to share. Its been a great semester! I celebrated my 22nd birthday, got three pieces of my work displayed in the showcase in the Graphic Design building and got my bike seat stolen. Life, as always, is never dull. So buckle up tight, get ready for the ride and here we go!

    I celebrated my 22nd birthday, got three pieces of my work displayed in the showcase in the Graphic Design building and got my bike seat stolen. Its true.

    And were back at it

    once again.

    2010

    Get in contact:

    412 W. Park Ave., Apt ASavannah, GA 31401

    GaffneyAshley@gmail.com Dates in Denver, CO:

    December 14, 2010-January 3, 2011

  • FALL2010

    School this quarter started off very rocky. In the beginning, I was having a hard time with the teacher of my Type 1 class and although I tried not to let it discourage me, it did. Even more so because this is the second time Ive taken a class with this teacher. Hes from Venezuela so theres a language barrier and when he gives feedback or looks at my work I can never understand why my compositions are or are not successful, and he always just tells me to change things, instead of working with the concept Im trying to represent. I dont know what happened between the first project and the last two, but there was a tremendous turn around. He loved my last two projects, so much so he put them in the display case in Poetter, and I felt very successful in the end. My other two classes were GREAT though- History of Graphic Design and College Math online. I learned a lot in my history class, from the story of moveable type to the evolution of this field known as graphic design. Its truly phenomenal and Id love to discuss it with anyone, at any time. Acquiring the knowledge I now have learned about the field I work in has made me appreciate and understand it so much more.

    WHATS NEW?

    Fall quarter classes

    I learned a lot in my history class, from the story of moveable type to the evolution of this field known as graphic design. Acquiring the knowledge I have about the field I work in has made me appreciate and understand it so much more.

    In addition to the two Type 1 project which were displayed in the showcase, my History of Graphic Design teacher also selected my Undez project for the showcase! She also submitted it to the department as one of three best pieces of work from all her classes for the quarter. Twas awesome. Not only because my work got selected, but because part of the reason I transferred to SCAD was because I wanted my work to have purpose and I wanted to create with a conscious direction, versus innately producing things people liked. With my Undez project, I felt that I had achieved that goal. There was so much thought and process that went into every single aspects from creating the idea to the prototypes to revisions, and I believe that the final product was a solid idea that had targets it was set to hit, and it nailed them successfully. I growing and learning so much about life, and design in life, and design on its own it blows me away. Im continually consumed by this influential field that I have chosen to study and I love it.

  • FALL2010

    WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

    My birthday always falls on a weekday the week before finals so I never do anything elaborate. Last year was just karaoke, and this year it was filled with great food and friends. My roommate, Andrea, treated me to an exquisite dinner at Bonefish Grill. We started off with the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, Andrea got the Baja Fish Tacos and I ordered the Mahi Mahi with Lobster. For dessert we shared a Coconut Rum Custard and it was so delicious! My boyfriend also flew in for the celebration and the following night we went out to eat with Andrea, Jayme, Kevin and some other friends. In addition, I got great singing cards from all the siblings and sentimental ones from G-Ma and my parents. It was simple and fun and thanks to everyone who celebrated with me! Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes!

    So the story goes a little somethin like this: Someone stole it and Im currently not minding walking everywhere.

    PROS

    My hair doesnt get messed up as I bike in the opposing direction of the wind

    I sweat half as much Since Im walking, if someone tried to attack me, Im

    balanced on two feet and can readily kick in defense I wont get hit as easily by a car

    CONS

    I cant ride my bike, Missy

    Nevertheless, I am working on getting a new seat and that is the end of story.

    In October I applied and interviewed for a position as a Student Ambassador of SCAD. As an ambassador, I am the student face of SCAD for perspective students who are inquiring about attending my AWESOME school. Every quarter I have to sign up for 3 events, which connect me with perspective students. Some of these events are lunch buddies, Hometown Heroes, Facebook, and allowing students to shadow one of your classes. I was selected along with around 20 other students and we train at the beginning of the winter quarter in January. In addition to assisting perspective students through the mentioned avenues, we also give bus tours and help to maintain SCAD Days, which are one-day events where all the buildings on campus are open to the public and they can use the SCAD buses to see Savannah and get around to the buildings. Its not a paid position, but I didnt seek this opportunity because I needed an additional income. Im very excited to be giving back to this institution, which has given many opportunities to me.

    22nd birthday celebration

    Bike seat today, gone tomorrow

    Ashley Gaffney, Student Ambassador

  • FALL2010

    WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

    I am still working at the library, not as a librarian, but as a computer assistant. Yes, it is the same job I had at Wheaton minus two-thirds of the responsibilities. The only thing I do is walk the library and refill the printers with paper, and answer questions like, How do I print? I am truly getting paid to do my homework, and it is the best student job I think I will ever have. Plus, the other students I work with are great!

    I got straight As this quarter! Recently, I have been addicted to WEEDS! Some of you will be happy to know my other

    obsession of buying things online has not changed! I just bought a down comforter! On sale, of course.

    I was asked to be the VP for a graphic design club here on campus, The Union.

    A few weeks ago I got an email the chair of the graphic design department, Mr. John Waters (who is an intriguing individual everyone should get to know). He informed me that Graphic Design USA Magazine was planning to feature SCAD in their January/February edition and they wanted to highlight a couple of the departments stellar students, thus I had been selected to represent the SCAD Graphic Design department. I was so shocked and honored and surprised and simultaneously wondered if he had sent the email to the wrong Ashley. It truly was an amazing opportunity and experience-I had to answer some biographical questions and I even got to participate in a photo shoot (which is the picture on the first page of the newsletter). Here were some of the questions:

    STUDENT BIO I grew up in Aurora, Colorado but was born in New Jersey. This is my 2nd year at SCAD where I am a Student Ambassador, Vice President of The Union a graphic design club and a member of AIGA SCAD and hold a workstudy position at the library on campus.

    WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GO TO DESIGN SCHOOL? I was serious about my passion for graphic design and further understanding the change it can create within a society. I wanted to be in an environment that cultivated my desire to understand the field, practice and principles of graphic design and I wanted to be somewhere where my teachers were teaching from experience and could offer that knowledge from the field to me as a student.

    HAS IT BEEN A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE? HOW SO? Granted, Im only 22, but coming to SCAD has been the best decision of my life! During my time

    Workstudy at the good ol library!

    In other news

    Shining star moments are here

    here, Ive been able to further expand on the knowledge acquired through class projects, as well as leadership and professionalism outside the class. The practice of process and conceptual thinking was directly applicable during my Summer internship at Qwest Communications where I developed iconography, redesigned an internal website and developed the creative collateral for a national campaign. What Im learning from my teachers and peers is directly connected to the world in which I will enter, and Im so excited!

    WHO IS YOUR DESIGN HERO? Elaine Lustig CohenFAVORITE COLOR? Royal PurpleFAVORITE TYPEFACE? Display: Babenhausen, Text face: FilosofiaFAVORITE TV SHOWS? CSI MiamiFAVORITE BOOKS? The Very Hungry Caterpillar & East of EdenFAVORITE MOVIES? Sister Act I & IIFAVORITE MUSIC? Anything from classical to reggaton, with the exception of countryFAVORITE FINE ARTIST? Wassily KandinskyFAVORITE GADGET? My 5-port USB rainbow caterpillarBOOKMARKED WEBSITES? thecoolhunter.co.uk, ted.com, smashingmagazine.com, bigthink.com,designarchives.aiga.org and of course, GDUSA.com!

    When the magazine is released Ill let you all know. Since it is a $20 magazine without subscription I cant send you all a copy, but Ill let you know what page Im on so you can flip th