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Paul Heltunen

So, Swim Creative is doing a Vine-off, to test the skills of their potential summer interns. I figured out, woops, I don't have Vine, when I pulled my un-smartphone out of my pocket. So, I looked at my pictures for the millionth time and listened to all of my ringtones, just to lighten the mood. A guy's gotta feel good about his prowess in technology, right? Don't worry, I know how to work the latest iPad, Kindle or what have you. If my three year old nephew can, I better!
Anyways, I lost my job a month ago (already a month?!), and can't afford to freeload off of my own bank account anymore. I am doing the dreaded college-grad-moves-into-Mom-and-Dad's basement thing.. for now. I think Duluth is unreal, and want to come back. Or the cities. And that idea of moving somewhere far away just for fun hasn't gone out the window yet, either.
After four and a half years in one house, one bedroom, one city, you realize you don't really want to go. The packing alone is ridiculous enough to just stay put. But here I am cleaning up, organizing, throwing out junk, all the while discovering the odds and ends of the past four years hiding in the boxes and folders and envelopes scattered about the house. Half of it I wonder, why do I still have this?!
Taking pictures is my Vine, of sorts. I'm always more intrigued in the still visual. No trickery or noise, just a memory that captures a moment in time, leaving the story up to the imagination. As I dug through what will probably be thrown away, I thought about what really happened during college. It happened, I hardly remember it, and yet I know a heck of a lot more!

Ever since obtaining my first computer, I continue to be amazed by technology and the platform it gives me to express my creativity. I want to continue developing my design skills on and off the computer in a real-life, professional environment. On a scale of #coolfind to #whydoIstillhavethis, this box would be way over on the #whydoIstillhavethis side. I am a bit of a memory-keeper aka hoarder.

Ever since obtaining my first computer, I continue to be amazed by technology and the platform it gives me to express my creativity. I want to continue developing my design skills on and off the computer in a real-life, professional environment. On a scale of #coolfind to #whydoIstillhavethis, this box would be way over on the #whydoIstillhavethis side. I am a bit of a memory-keeper aka hoarder.

I wonder how many people can say, "I had no idea where I was gonna go to college, or what I wanted to do, but somehow I did myself proud. All of this on my own dollar and confidence to succeed!" I am grateful for the small-town feel of Mountain Iron-Buhl High School and the outdoors appeal of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. An all-around #education, for sure.

I wonder how many people can say, "I had no idea where I was gonna go to college, or what I wanted to do, but somehow I did myself proud. All of this on my own dollar and confidence to succeed!" I am grateful for the small-town feel of Mountain Iron-Buhl High School and the outdoors appeal of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. An all-around #education, for sure.

This, here, is four years-worth of The Statesman. It is proof that I went to UMD. Or maybe it proves that I am just a hoarder. Don't worry, they have moved from the corner of my closet to the recycling! Though, it was fun to go through them again and find the news-worthy elements that made my undergrad a great experience.

This, here, is four years-worth of The Statesman. It is proof that I went to UMD. Or maybe it proves that I am just a hoarder. Don't worry, they have moved from the corner of my closet to the recycling! Though, it was fun to go through them again and find the news-worthy elements that made my undergrad a great experience.

I look back on my first "real" branding project from school, and I wonder why I didn't push myself further. The potential is always there for something better. Is a design ever complete and perfect, really? From my #experiences in college, freelance and my first job, there is no finished project. It is always evolving, ever-changing in my mind, keeping me curious as to what it can be, if I just work a little harder. The only reason we push projects to completion is because of the dreaded deadline, but that can't hold us back from exploring every angle. From freshman year to my senior portfolio, I am proud of what has been accomplished. We can always wish for more money, more time, more resources, and it is our positive attitude that will make those wishes come true.

I look back on my first "real" branding project from school, and I wonder why I didn't push myself further. The potential is always there for something better. Is a design ever complete and perfect, really? From my #experiences in college, freelance and my first job, there is no finished project. It is always evolving, ever-changing in my mind, keeping me curious as to what it can be, if I just work a little harder. The only reason we push projects to completion is because of the dreaded deadline, but that can't hold us back from exploring every angle. From freshman year to my senior portfolio, I am proud of what has been accomplished. We can always wish for more money, more time, more resources, and it is our positive attitude that will make those wishes come true.

A mad #skill I have is finding myself super involved in everything I do. It is that good dose of stress that really makes a memory become a special one. For example, an normal weekend gathering with a bunch of friends + some last minute soda, gold spray paint and a Sharpie = we can all feel like celebrities at our own level. The annual FALCies Awards held during our annual DKW ("Dee-Kay-Dubs") weekend are born. You may be confused. Don't worry, its a church thing. A normal church thing turned super awesome corny. Oh, skills. Super sarcasm. Photoshop. InDesign. Being social. #hashtagsocialmedia. Wanna-be illustrator.

A mad #skill I have is finding myself super involved in everything I do. It is that good dose of stress that really makes a memory become a special one. For example, an normal weekend gathering with a bunch of friends + some last minute soda, gold spray paint and a Sharpie = we can all feel like celebrities at our own level. The annual FALCies Awards held during our annual DKW ("Dee-Kay-Dubs") weekend are born. You may be confused. Don't worry, its a church thing. A normal church thing turned super awesome corny.
Oh, skills. Super sarcasm. Photoshop. InDesign. Being social. #hashtagsocialmedia. Wanna-be illustrator.

Also, my Freshman drawing class solidified my fear of the pencil, but opened my eyes to the creative field. It isn't all just black and white, there are many shades of grey. From lovely clients to computer issues to a so-so design, I take it on, face it in real time and try find a way to fix it. Everyone has their opinion, but only a few make it their profession.

Also, my Freshman drawing class solidified my fear of the pencil, but opened my eyes to the creative field. It isn't all just black and white, there are many shades of grey. From lovely clients to computer issues to a so-so design, I take it on, face it in real time and try find a way to fix it. Everyone has their opinion, but only a few make it their profession.

#WhySwim, you ask? a) Duluth b) I think I'm a pretty awesome person c) Just Because Like the memories documented in the guest logs at the house, I want to discover and document the life of Swim. A small town creative that is a still-developing, credible resource for those that have a yearning to reach their consumers in a unique way. A way that will help them stay afloat. Swim is their life jacket. When they learn how to Swim, they will rise above the waves and shine. Now that is corny. Corny good. Now, back to cleaning and packing and reminiscing.

#WhySwim, you ask? a) Duluth b) I think I'm a pretty awesome person c) Just Because
Like the memories documented in the guest logs at the house, I want to discover and document the life of Swim. A small town creative that is a still-developing, credible resource for those that have a yearning to reach their consumers in a unique way. A way that will help them stay afloat. Swim is their life jacket. When they learn how to Swim, they will rise above the waves and shine. Now that is corny. Corny good. Now, back to cleaning and packing and reminiscing.

Post-First-Job

Paul Heltunen

I have felt like a stranger to my website, to my past work, to UMD. I guess that's what it is like growing up and moving on. When I made that post about being out in the world, and possibly getting a job soon, well, I got one here in Duluth! ..and I am already done with it. I worked as a Junior Graphic Designer for a web development company. As the rookie on a small team of designers, I worked mostly producing merchandising slides for our clients' websites. I was slowly starting to like the work flow and the team was starting to mold into a fast-moving machine when the layoffs happened. I was neither disappointed or elated over my being cut. I went into this job seeing only about a short 2-year stay, but the comfort of Duluth and the stability of a full-time job was getting me hooked. So sure, I will miss the income and the creative energy it gave me, but I feel it was a blessing in disguise. A reason to start looking for that something new. A bit premature of the 2-year mark, but do anyone's plans ever work out exactly as they make them? You gotta roll with the punches, as is so commonly said in these kinds situations! With all my spare time, and the Olympics to keep me planted, I will be working on my resume and website and focusing on my freelance work. Here is to 2014 and what is to come. Who knows, maybe I'll move somewhere on the coast, any coast, just for the fun of it. Work fast food to learn how to surf? I could live with that. It's about life experiences that make us more alive, not the work and the paycheck.

Post-teachers

Paul Heltunen

So, as it has usually gone, every summer just jumps on us and our whole schedule is completely thrown off. That is, a schedule is thrown off for school students. I am, however, graduated from college. I have a bigger role in being my own teacher. An even bigger change than just a getting summer vacation! It is almost the Fourth of July and I haven't kept up on blogging. Goes to show how busy a guy can be.. working 80ish hours a week looking at flowers, high school graduations and trips all over the place. I mean, I love the greenhouse and this freedom, but I need to get a real job soon. I think I am done with that job now though (we will see if I get sucked back into the much needed income and good times).

Good news! I have one of possibly two interviews here in Duluth set up. And I thought the design jobs were dried up here.. Looks like I may be able to stay for at least a year, please and thank you!

I forgot about writing on my morning coffee cups at work for one day, but did it the next day. It would give me something creative to do. These are a few of my favorites from the last month and a half:

 

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Oh! And my little big brother is getting married! Fun stuff ahead, adding to a quick summer here.. I am working on some simple wedding invites for him and his fiancé.

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Monday Night #4

Paul Heltunen

Last week came and went before I knew I didn't do a post.. ah, traditions are meant to be broken. Probably not that early though. Finals week, that's my excuse!

I drew on a chalkboard weekly (missed a few here and there) throughout my college experience. I didn't come up with the idea until sophomore year, but I have 96 pictures of the chalkboards. Super neat! I went through them, as well as all my college work, papers, receipts, scraps, junk, and everything else. A bit of spring cleaning, if you will. I think I am staying in Duluth for this summer and possibly the next year, but I feel the only way I can grow as a designer is to get out of here. Whether it is going somewhere exotic for a summer or a year, or finding a internship or job in the cities I don't quite know where I am going yet. I need to do some personal work and maybe a few freelance projects to discover what I actually like to do outside of school, then I will maybe know where to go. Duluth is a beautiful city and all, but the design job market is kind of dry as of now. I have a few leads with friends and family that I will take up to fill some extra time so I know I have something to do this summer at least.

College taught me a lot, especially knowing I came into UMD as a completely clueless kid. Heck, I didn't even know what the Adobe Creative Suite was, or how to work the tools come the first few weeks of school! I tried it, liked it and learned a bunch about being a creative person. From taking every possible science and math class in high school to now doing what I love was the best possible scenario that could play out. Thank you family, friends.. and all that jazz. You know the speech. Thank you.

Here is a list of some of my peers that I am proud to call friends, as well as a former substitute professor that has some "super" work.

Matthew Paul
Trisha Holmes
Kelsey Malsom
Karley Nyhus
Matthew Olin

There are others, of course, but the list could get obnoxiously long!

Here is that chalk I was talking about:

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Monday Night #3

Paul Heltunen

Okay, well it is actually Wednesday. This week has been a bit hectic, as school winds down and I look for internships and jobs online. Duluth is looking a bit dry, so I may need to start doing some direct visits to get my face out there.

Something I noticed: thank you, Kindle Fire HD, for doing your campaign right! You have become my new favorite tablet, just for your commercial I watched last night. Technology is trying to market to parents that don't have time for their kids. Tablets and phones are a great way to settle kids, and it is giving the kids the idea they can get whatever they want for being childish. Kindle points parents in the right direction. Sure, kids can play digital games and watch videos, but there is a limit. The Kindle has timers that let kids play digital, but remind them that their real life is there waiting for them to enjoy.

I grew up in the country without internet or a television, so I lived outdoors. My mother would kick us out the door if we were being rambunctious and we had to find things to do. My parents didn't have the luxury of being lazy, sticking a flashy screen in front of our face on long road trips. I am speaking strongly here, as I don't want to raise my own kids with a dependency on technology. It will probably be inevitable that we will learn to live with both but there is a balance that we have to give kids these day. They have to learn to grow on their own and explore their creativity off screen as I did.

Here is the commercial!