On my shot list for RONIN with this ReactJS track. Since we’re coders and cinematographers it fits our ‘brand’. lul
My design cofounder Brandon Groce blurts out, LOL Omg my graphic design professor, Ed Riggs at Montgomery College just gave me an “F” on this assignment, yet these other students got an “A”.
I ask, why?
“Because, I disagreed with using hard lines on this aspect of the photo. Plus, I think he’s mad that I don’t attend classes.”
Brandon then shows me examples of what professor Ed Riggs graded as “A”work compared to Brandon’s work.
Here’s the thing that baffles my mind on professors that teach Graphic Design, entrepreneurship, or programming in college. What the fuck do you know about any of these things if you’re not out here in the trenches executing them the front lines like we are?
I ask Brandon,
Does this guy even do design for a living?
A person who doesn’t design for a living shouldn’t be judging the work of someone that does. Because, we out here “trying to make a living”. Our livelihood is based on the design executions.
Actual clients and people depend on us to execute high design or their business, startup or personal brand. Which in turn provides bread for them. Thus, we are required to be high performers. Brandon, is all-in and is required to be on the cutting-edge of graphic design.
Unlike, a design teacher, who gets a paycheck every couple of weeks, is not. Nothing is pushing them to be innovative, and be on the bleeding edge of graphic design since they are in their comfort zone.
I bet many of these graphic design teachers think design is “about mucking around with Photoshop and shitting something out the other end.”
If you haven’t Designed for a Cause, Get the Fuck Out
Design is about thinking innovatively and solving real problems that matter to people. Design allows someone like Spencer Horsman to go back out into the world and find new entertainment opportunities after losing in the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent.
Design is about helping a struggling entrepreneur trying to start a nightclub, and comes to your company for web development and design help. He can only afford to two web pages, doesn’t have any photos to give to you and only has a shitty logo that he got made off of e-lance. However, you still can create a business website that FUCKING ROCKS and blows the competition away for him. Plus, hooking him up by updating his shitty logo for free without him even knowing it. So in the end, he can put food on the table.
Design is about knowing how to work with a team, a multidisciplinary one. So that you can do pro-bono work to build and design a personal peer-to-peer crowdfunding platform to help raise funds for medical expenses for a guy that ran over by a truck while walking to work.
So really…how can a college professor with no experience in tech, business and startups judge my cofounder that has struggled with our team for the past year?
Baffles my mind….
A lot of people in my area think that I’m trying to self-promote. They just don’t understand tech startups, entrepreneurship and social media. Tech is moving too fast for their little judgmental brain. All company founders are required to blog and be on social media.
One of the reasons for we are active on social media is the reason stated by Mrs. Gates.
Hell, two years ago I started creating a platform called AppliedMMA.com to connect with people in martial arts. Because, I love martial arts and what it stands for. I want to connect and share with others who also live by these principles. I also offer other martial artist to use it for free, because it’s expensive to get a website and maintain it. Tech is changing everyday.
This week I went HAM building a peer to peer fundraising website for a guy in my MMA gym, Nick Gomez, who got ran over by a pick-up truck and is now in the hospital.
The accident occurred on 8.16.13. Crystal, a friend from the MMA gym, informs me of the accident and says that he needs fundraising. He’s self-employed, has two kids and no family except a sister. I tell her I’ll look into it and see what I can do.
Researching Personal Fundraisers
Crowdfunding design, technology and execution is new to me. So I had to do a lot of research. I spent 3-4 days straight of nothing but sleep, research and build. After about 7 – 8 days straight of non-stop researching and web development; I launched an MVP personal crowdfunding platform on 9.03.13,
Boom! Shit just got done. I felt good. Crystal got all the PayPal stuff setup with a new bank account info so I could link it up to the payment gateway. I suggested that we also do a guest bartending fundraiser at Tommy & Joe’s Bethesday and she got the setup. So overall a great two person team execution.
Personal Fundraising Requires a Social Media Presence
I created social media profiles for Nick’s Fundraiser. The facebook page had a few photos of Nick Gomez at the profile and Facebook coverphoto. Nick doesn’t have much photos of himself.
I observed that all of the personal fundraiser on Facebook do not have a professional cover photo for their fundraiser. Most likely because it cost money to hire a designer and you need professional quality photos. It is the non-profits organizations with the professional Facebook cover photos on their business page, because they have money.
Challenge of Designing a Facebook Cover photo
But, a good cover photo is important to communicate to potential donors the story and cause. Those elements are needed to convert. And since we’re fucking tech entrepreneurs … we can execute that shit! It is our job to make something great out of nothing.
Brandon, RONIN design cofounder, was the first to tackle the Facebook cover for Nick while I researched best design practices for fundraisers to generate ideas. My idea was to tell the story in a collage format of 3 photos or so. Brandon struggled. I told him to copy the AMA’s cover, but he still struggled. The available photos of Nick were not clear enough.
When photos are bad it really limits what a graphic designer can do. I sent it over to my brother the code ninja, Austin. He banged it out in like 10 minutes. He has much more design experience so it’s understandable. This is Brandon’s first time working in a team environment. He’s new and I have a feeling he’s a quick learner.
Here Come the Haters Like Clockwork
I don’t understand whenever I try to help people there are always those on the sideline that criticize my work. A human behavior I really do not understand.
My cofounder Brandon is an assistant BJJ instructor at Evolve MMA in Gaithersburg, MD. This is the same gym of Nick Gomez who I built the Crowdfunding platform for.
Entrepreneurs Make Something Out of Nothing
Entrepreneurs Make Something Out of Nothing
Perhaps the student’s at Evolve were hating because they were envious in some way? I don’t know and don’t care. It’s sad that this gym is so bad. I am not enjoying my experience and might leave.