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  • 15 days of Marker Art

    Everyday for 15 days I made a pattern piece using a limited set of marker colors. Rules: Use only markers from my cheap marker set. 4 colors max per piece Only patterns and shapes No pop culture references Make one everyday and post it on Instagram   Why? I wanted to see if I can […]

  • Printer rant: I just need to know why is this even a thing.

    Why are you designing a sign that’s 4ft by 8ft on your tiny phone? I have yet to see a design that comes from a clients phone and direct to print without having to be redrawn in illustrator or completely rebuilt from scratch. The resolution is always too low to print and often times the […]

  • Affinity Designer Beta for Windows

    Mac-based vector software, Affinity Designer has been released into beta for Windows. The software is a direct competitor to Illustrator. Since Adobe decided to be full-on subscription only; Affinity is filling in the market for people who want to OWN their graphic design software. I’m pretty much excited to see Affinity Designer come to Windows because […]

  • Book Review: The Graphic Design Idea Book

    It’s a short read. Subtitle for the book is Inspiration from 50 masters. And it delivers on that, there are 50 examples. Each one has a summery and then a short explanation.  The back of the book reads, “No complex data. No technical jargon.” And yes it delivers on that. I’m just disappointed by some […]

  • Printing Rant. InDesign, ugh!

    Hello, I have experience running printers and looking at files making sure they’re ready to print. I’ve come to the conclusion that no one really knows how to use InDesign. Every time I get an InDesign file, it’s like anticipating how did this person mess this up.  It seems like no one understands knows these […]

  • AIGA Portland Studio Tour: Swift Co.

    Swift Collective is a creative agency started in 2006 by CEO Liz Valentine and CCO Alicia McVey. The agency grew from an office with a few desks to a very large multi-level building with several conference rooms, three kitchens, a photo studio and lots of desks.   The open concept and different floor levels gives everyone a sight […]

  • Favorite Creative/Bussiness-y Podcast Round-up

    Like many of my friends, I have a long commute to work. I’m lucky that I don’t have to drive to work, but taking public transit can be quite boring for those dreaded* stretches without internet. To alleviate the burden, I’ve taken to the habit of listening to creative podcasts. I remember when I was […]

  • OMG, please hire someone.

    If you’re charging $10 dollars on the App Store for your app. Hire a designer to make your icon. Also stop trying to rip off other designs.  Also it’s so obvious this was done to confuse people.

  • Should you ever work for free? Nope!

    This is something that comes up a lot in creative freelance work. You’re always going to get that one client who wants to convince you to work for exposure. Work to put it in your portfolio. In the creative field it’s common to encounter someone who feels like your work isn’t really “work.” There’s even […]

  • Double Exposure in Affinity Photo

      Hello, just wanted to do a tutorial on double exposure in Affinity Photo. Thanks to Anastasia for the stock portrait in this tutorial. The photo of the woods was taken by me in Portola Redwoods. First off, I am loving the paint brush selection tool. I highly recommend watching the video tutorials from Affinity Photo. Here are […]