Tee Time

Tee Time

Earlier this month I decided to print a tee shirt. Not only did I end up with a cool shirt but since I engaged in a creative and stimulating mental activity, I gave my intellectual wellness a good workout.

All of the steps seem simple enough: create a design, print the design onto a transparency, make a screen, burn the design onto the screen, and squeegee the design onto a shirt.

The execution of these steps…not so simple.

The design needs to be manipulated, so it translates correctly. The transparency image must be opaque.  The mesh has to be stretched and glued banjo skin tight.  The photo emulsion needs to be evenly applied.  The screen exposure time has to be determined.  The squeegee pressure and angle should be consistent. Each of these processes relies on the other and each has a major impact on the end result.

I enjoy printing tee shirts because it is a challenging and creative endeavor, which builds on many of the skills I’ve developed throughout my graphic design career, including my current position on Trion’s Communications Practice.  On this team, I create a wide variety of media including animated videos, websites, html emails, open enrollment guides, postcards and infographics that our clients use to communicate employee benefit information to their employees.

Working with an old school process and medium is a rewarding and inspirational change of pace from my daily computer based projects.  There are plenty of things to learn and hands-on skills to master—in the graphic design world and beyond–which is good news for my intellectual wellness.

Written by Mike Turko

Mike is a senior graphic designer at Trion. He specializes in communicating ideas through both print and digital design mediums. Mike also works to develop custom, interactive digital marketing campaigns that effectively engage a variety of employee audiences.

Trion Communications mike.turko@trion-mma.com

I Recently Discovered I Am 7/8ths UNwell!

I Recently Discovered I Am 7/8ths UNwell!

In the past, I’d often hear the term Wellness and think “Oh, I know all about wellness. I have it covered since I work out and eat healthy.”  It turns out there is a lot more to being healthy—well, seven “a lot mores” to be exact. Seven areas, which for the most part, I haven’t gone out of my way to think about or work on.

What are the seven dimensions of wellness that took me from thinking I have wellness covered all the way to the other end of the spectrum where I learned I’m only measly 1/8th well? Besides Physical Wellness they are: Emotional Wellness, Occupational Wellness, Environmental Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Social Wellness, Financial Wellness, and Spiritual Wellness. The wellness list is overwhelming, but since I want to be well I came up with a plan to get myself up to 8/8 well.

My Plan. Simply, my plan is to pick one dimension a month along with a relative activity and do it. To keep things exciting, the activity must be a new experience for me. After, I will rank the experience on how well I feel. My first month will be my easiest dimension, Physical Wellness. I have not decided on the new activity I will be exploring, but I am excited to get started on this new wellness plan and in eight months I will have worked on all eight dimensions.

Why start now? I want to tackle wellness from all perspectives, while trying out new experiences.  I’m hoping it will help me learn what it really means to be “well.”

Written by Mike Turko

Mike is a senior graphic designer at Trion. He specializes in communicating ideas through both print and digital design mediums. Mike also works to develop custom, interactive digital marketing campaigns that effectively engage a variety of employee audiences.

Trion Communications mike.turko@trion-mma.com