Thursday, June 05, 2008

Links to KromaKard Portfolio Pages

This link will take you to a PDF file containing links to 18 additional PDF files, each of which contains a full page of full-color business card designs which I created in Adobe Photoshop. Until now, I wasn't able to upload these files to the Web, because I'd originally consolidated them into a single, massive 18-page document which was almost 100MB in size! (Originally, I'd used Photoshop to create the PDF files as well. They looked terrific when printed, but the drawback was that they weren't optimized for the Web.)

Fortunately, I was subsequently able to separate that document into individual pages, each of which was then optimized for the Web so that I could upload the files even to my free Geocities web host (which doesn't allow one to upload very big files).

When I get around to it, I'll very likely update this blog post with additional notes regarding the designs contained in the aforementioned 18 PDF files.

Since all of these files are PDF files, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or some other program capable of opening and viewing


Thankfully Broken said...

Dear Mark,
I came upon your blog while doing some research via google and will return later to do more extensive reading. I thought you may be interested in my blog I am a 2003 Red Lion, Pennsylvania school shooting survivor who is beginning to write and speak publicly about my experience. Focusing on teaching compassion, empathy, grace, forgiveness and marginalization of offenders, their families and trauma victims.

Mark Pettigrew said...

Kimberly, it isn't clear to me why you chose to leave this particular information as a comment for this particular blog post, which pertained to my KromaKard portfolio of full-color business card designs! Nevertheless, I'm glad that you chose to visit my blog and leave a comment.

Based on your comment, I'm guessing that you originally found my blog by searching for websites and pages pertaining to school shootings. In an earlier blog post, I discussed this nation's epidemic of school shootings, in relation to my belief that the diminution of respect for human life which could be attributed to the tragic legal decision known as Roe v. Wade had created a societal mentality which made school shootings and other similar events far more likely.

I visited your blog, and I liked the scripture which you quoted at the top of that blog:

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. … James 1:12

I haven't had any personal experiences with school shootings, but I have endured my share of trials, and I still am facing such trials, so that verse was and is applicable to my life.

Your June 5 blog post about transparency was interesting to me. I have been complimented with regard to my own transparency.

There are benefits associated with being transparent. It's impossible to be comforted or healed if one isn't willing to let other people know that one is in need of comfort and healing.

But being transparent also makes one vulnerable. There are a lot of sinful people, some of whom see transparent people as targets --- sometimes in the metaphorical sense, and sometimes in the literal sense. If some people are less transparent than we might prefer, it’s sometimes for the very good reason that they've been penalized, in the past, for their transparency. So we need to show sympathy and compassion for such people. That means letting them proceed at a pace with which they’re comfortable. We should let them know that we're there for them, but we should learn not to force the issue.

Thankfully Broken said...

Dear Mark,
Thank you, I wrote here because I personally do not frequently check older posts to discover new comments. I have been victimized by many intentionally and unintentionally since the shooting, I understand that pain firsthand. I agree people need to heal and discover their comfort levels at their own pace, there are no rewards for speed in any personal journey and comparisons are unhealthy. It is not our place to fix people, the lessons learned in the darkness are frequently the greatest moments of growth within our lives. I do however believe by being exposed to other people's experiences and beliefs we can be challenged to look at the world through a different lens - Christ's. He was extremely transparent, was beaten and betrayed despite His innocence - there is no greater mentor than Christ. Blessings, Kimberly