I've been with PBN a little over a year now and things are finally starting to flow for me. I'm more calm about centerpieces, have more ideas for our event designs and photoshoots and I have more time in my day to dedicate to coffee outings (which are 100% necessary).
For me, it really takes a few months to learn all of the new things a new workplace offers, a few months to feel comfortable, another few months to feel confident, and another few months to really feel at home. I'm pretty much there now :)
Anyway, a few great things have happened lately.
A couple weeks ago PBN brought home 3 Pa'i Awards. The Pa'i Awards are a local competition between the different publications, both paper and magazine, put on by the Hawaii Publishers Association. We brought home:
- First Place for Excellence in Design (Newsprint) for the centerpiece, “Hawaii Chefs Cook Up Business.”
- Second Place Feature Photography (Newsprint) for the series of fun portraits by Tina Yuen of the people we talked to for “Hawaii’s Most Wanted Young Professionals.”
- And Second Place, Excellence in Illustration for the book sculpture on our Book of Lists cover. The judges said, “Simple in conception, complex in execution." I liked that description.
I was super proud of everything that got awarded. It was nice to help represent PBN. You can see the designs and write-up by our editor here but I do believe the write-up is behind a paywall. So subscribe!
More recently we just finished our 40 under 40 event where we honor 40 super talented overachievers that are under 40 years old. I really couldn't be happier about how the section came out. Tina and I are working really closely now and are finding we work really well as a team. It's fun and rewarding. And she can really make ANYONE fell comfortable in front of a camera, which makes my job of telling them to act like an old Hollywood movie star much easier. The event was a blast. My design even made it onto a Lexus!
The pages of our special section for the event are in my "weekly" tab, along with some other designs I've been happy with.
And I just realized that since I wrote last that I have been promoted to Creative Director. It is similar to what I was doing before, I'm just much more involved in the overall process and I have a few more responsibilities. Let the creative juices flow!