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Prezi Portfolio

Posted By on Apr 13, 2016

Earlier, I had a slight heart/panic attack when my website, came back with a “508 Resource Limit Is Reached”. Thankfully my web host Vagrant Web, came through. In the few hours my website was down,  this did push me to create a Prezi portfolio presentation as back up. Visit here, to see it. This “exercise” did force me to condense what my favorites pieces are too. Thanks adversity [I say sarcastically and practically], I knew there was a lesson and a push to do something...

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The Vampire Test

Posted By on Apr 16, 2014

I’m reading this creative book called Show Your Work (Austin Kleon) and the writer talks about this “Vampire Test” that can be used on people, jobs, places or hobbies, etc. “It’s a simple way to know who you should let in and out of your life. If, after hanging out with someone you feel worn out and depleted, that person is a vampire. If, after hanging out with someone you still feel full of energy, that person is NOT a vampire. Vampires cannot be cured. Should you find yourself in the presence of a vampire…banish it from your life forever.” This obviously made me think of 1 to 2 people and a few activities [watching too much tv! and Facebook]. How about you? What vampires do you need to “banish”?...

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Design Resources Global

Posted By on Nov 21, 2013

Since yesterday’s post was about local design resources, I wanted to share some of the global design resources I use and often visit. I’ve included some web design links as well. Coroflot – design link that posts jobs and articles CreativeBloq – cool Core77 – industrial design Behance – online porfolio site that brought 99u 99u – awesome resource that encourages ACTION, especially for creatives who tend to procrastinate, like me Red Lemon Club – designer that definitely knows his stuff and shares awesome articles 37 signals – more of a productivity site, but definitely inspiring and encouraging ReadWrite – everything about the web and more Alistapart – mainly web related, but a great simplified resource Technorati – more tech and web Design Observer – great site that showcases anything design related; great app too   HowDesign – graphic design resource Harvard Business Review – great business resource FastCoDesign – Fast Company’s take on the design world FontSquirrel – free web and print fonts DaFont – free fonts [be mindful of the permissions] GirlsWhoWearGlasses [their site is temporarily down, but they do have a Facebook page]. the Sartoralist – awesome photo blog by a former graphic designer turned photographer htmlgoodies – html goodies w3c – world wide web consortium shuttersisters – awesome expressive photography site ourcollective – related to shuttersisters, now has the photo calendar on their site, as well as other creative photo...

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I came across Tami’s site when an artist “event” post by Alchemy Coffee [great coffee shop in West Ashley] flashed on my Facebook page. Intrigued by the artist’s profile name “Tami Like-likes To Draw”, I had to click. What followed next was a series of events that led to emailing Tami and her graciousness and willingness to do an interview. Below are the artist’s details, as well as her real last name; in case you wanted to inquire or hire her for her artistry. What is your full name? Tami Elizabeth Amy Boyce (it’s a mouthful, huh?)What do you currently do for a living?I’m a Freelance Graphic Designer. What is your creative background [education/self-taught]?I feel like I’m very new to the profession. I’ve always drawn but just assumed I’d “never be able to do anything with it.” (That phrase is better if you can hear it in my mom’s voice.) Finally, it all kind of came to me in an epiphany in my late 20s, so I went to Trident Tech and got my Commercial Graphics degree. [Editor’s note: I went there too! Tech rocks! It’s not where you went, it’s how you use it!] Does where you live inspire you? If so, how?I live here because of my family and friends, and they all definitely inspire me. Most of my stuff is light-humored and weird or twisted in some way; my friends are a huge source of many beginning ideas. Wait… I think I just called my friends weird and twisted… Ah, I guess that works. When did you notice that you had an inkling of creative leanings? I’ve loved drawing ever since I can remember, but actually gave it up after high school. I think it terrified me to try to make a career out of art because then I thought I would grow to hate it. It was pretty scary going back to school and embracing it all again. It took me years to just get comfortable with showing people my work. How do you stay inspired/creative?They say the brain is a muscle and you have to exercise it, and I think creativity works the same way. The more I make time to sit and draw, the more ideas I have… And the more prolific you try to be, the better your skills get, so I like to keep myself pretty busy. Do you have a creative ritual? If so, what is it?First I freak out. Seriously. With every new job and project, I get this fear that I’ll never have another creative idea again. But then I sit back, put on some music and tell...

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