Ideography and Graphic Design
Previously, this website was very resourceful and used to possess vital information relating to Ideography and graphic design, as well as informatics. There were several downloadable files on the site which were crated and distributed by Conrad Taylor who, through the years had gained more expertise and experience in the fields where he previously worked on the topics as a trainer, consultant, journalist and practitioner in information design and electronic publishing.
He also had wider experience working in educational audio and video scripting writing & production. I don’t know why he abandoned the site but most of his work can be found on his current website conradiator.com
I also have principle interest in graphics because I believe that they are meant to inspire.
One bit of graphics that I have loved and practiced through the years revolves around digital imaging, since photography is one of my best hobbies. I believe that graphics helps us in communicating our ideas, feeling and cane ease the process of learning by making the educational experience easier to understand as well as to remember even after a long period of time as opposed to learning texts.
I’ve decided to rebuild this website and will be sharing more insights about graphics design, web design, skills revolving around digital information and communication, Information Management, Information and Communication Technologies, Information and Communication Design among other topics of interest which relate to design.
There are some content that I have already published which can be accessed by clicking through various topics below.
My Love for Design
Today, I usually practice graphic design on part-time basis, though I hope that in the future, I might consider making it a full time career. My interest in design began when I was still in high school. Formerly, I had never been involved in anything to do arts except dealing with those topics that which were examinable at school and hence I was mandated to take part in.
Therefore whenever I look back at the awkward predicament which made me have a passion in design, I can’t help but smile because of the special nostalgic memories that I usually get. The interest started on a summer holiday, when I came home one day to meet my sick mother very happy. She had gone to the city for a doctor’s appointment and I was never expecting her to be back that day. She had several gifts for my dad, my sister and me. I knew that she had some good news and I was eager to hear her out.
She had been fighting breast cancer for over two years and during that period a lot had changed in our home. Foremost, she was too stressed up almost every day because of the medications and the radiation that she had to undergo. On top of that she had decided to start an alkaline diet because she had heard it increases the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
Much of the pain was attributed by the fact that the cancer which she had presumed had completely healed after undergoing a mastectomy and radiation, came to recur much later.
The Battle with Breast Cancer
The recurring of the cancer wasn’t expected, and therefore, since she had ruled out that she was completely healed form breast cancer, she was wrongly diagnosed and by the time the doctors’ realized that her cancer was back, it had spread a lot. The chances of her survivor were too slim, according to what the doctors told her.
As she sought treatments for the recurred cancer, life changed completely. She lost weight and she had to stick to a certain surgery method. There was need to employ a full-time nurse to help in palliative care whenever, which was also costly, not factoring in the hospital bills which had piled up when the insurance discontinued paying for her medication.
As a family, we tried everything we could to help her and to motivate her, despite the fear that we would be soon losing her. However, things changed when the doctors announced that there was her possibility that she would survive. We had to cling on this new hope and at last it happened.
Hope at Last
Therefore that day after I arrived home from the library to find her in a happy mood, I knew that she had good news. In deed she had them. She was now free from cancer, something which had been proved by an experience oncologist. Actually she lived for some more 13 years before she eventually died of natural cause.
So what really inspired me to love design? I know you have been waiting for this explanation. That day, as she announced the good news to me and gave me the gift that she had brought me, she told me that she wanted to do something special for the local cancer community for their support and motivation during her time of sickness.
Part of her gratitude was to come up with a unique design which she would use to order tailor-made T-shirts and hoods for the breast cancer survivors’. She expressed to me her desire to take part in various activities together with other survivors and therefore she wanted a unique design which would be appreciated by each one of them.
That’s how I teamed up with my mum in coming up with a good design which we knew would be pleasant to many. I was so happy for my mom, that I made sure that I carefully researched the best design and she was eventually glad at time. From there, my passion in ideography and design sprouted and it always reminds me of the last days that mom was happy.