"A major influence on me, when I was getting started as a graphic designer in San Fransisco back in the 1990s, was a really amazing pro graphic designer :
Martin Heirokuji [Martin Heirokuji Design].
Martin's design studio and my photo studio were on the same floor in a building in Nob Hill, which is up the top of the 'hill', above the downtown SF's Union Square. For those who know San Fran, our building was between the Ritz Carlton hotel and the Fairmont Hotel, near the Powell St cable car line.
We would take turns to make filtered coffee for each other when we could find a few moments to snatch a short coffee break."
Some of MY PHOTO WORK for PERFORMERS came via Martin.
I did the specialist wet darkroom printing for this job. Martin wanted funky edges on the photos, plus my creative touch to make the images punch out hard.Go GCG PRO PHOTO
I would show my designs to Martin for his assessment and advice.
"I don't get it." Martin would often say back then.
Not so good.
"That works!" was the only other comment he would offer. However, "That works!" meant my design was up to pro standards!
25 years later I live and work in Japan. However, I still remember Martin and his straight forward positive influence!
In design [and other art]:
If an element in a design isn't 'pushing your message'
That's why, when your customers [or fans] see your design,
they might not understand the design principles,
but they will say :
Please come to GCG OSAKA in Nakazakicho, near Umeda, Osaka
[Or GCG IZUMISANO].
Let me know what you need over a free filter coffee made from really nice Hawaiian blend kono, or Italian coffee or a tea or just water.
If coming to GCG's office is not possible, a ZOOM meeting might be? [Sorry - you will have to make your own coffee. Ha ha!]
Or, write your requests in a good old email.
that will conform to pro printer requirements.