graphic designer


  I started following The Scribble Studio on Instagram a few weeks go and saw that she was having a local workshop. It was a great refresher on hand lettering. Thanks Whitney for making the stopover! Looking forward to the next classe(es) next...

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I stumbled across this interesting link/article written by Rachel Nabors, when I glanced through one of 99u‘s email newsletters. I’m not implying this is the end all/be all but definitely her situation and what’s happened with her, and in my opinion, worth reading. I can’t help but think that by reading and sharing this article, that I was possibly, subconsciously, looking for self-justification for my current situation…(I’m working full-time at a university and not full-time freelancing). There are so many variables that can happen in a person’s life. Sometimes where we are, just fits for now. Everyone has a different timeline or different priorities and it’s up to us to decide what works best for...

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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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The Creative Group’s 2014 Salary Guide is here! Check it out, especially if you’re in a creative field [such as: designer, web designer, web developer, interactive marketing manager, digital project manager, user experience (ux) designer, web content writer, etc.]. I love the coffee theme of the guide...

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Friday night’s takeaway from James White //¬†Signal Noise was this: You don’t know where your work will end up if you don’t put it out there. He also went on to say: Do it. Do it today or do it tomorrow, because no one is ever going to know your work, if you don’t put it out there. I would gladly post notes, but I actually found a video of his presentation that was quite similar to Friday night. Of course, you should’ve been...

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Tonight’s post is a quick rant about my recent discovery of my current job title and how I’m feeling about it. So even though my elevator pitch is “graphic designer”, I’ve come to recognize that for the last 15+ years, I’m more of a production designer. I produce someone else’s creative ideas – at least by day. By day, I mean by the companies that I’ve been employed by. Sure, some of the elements I’ve created or any input I’ve given might make it to the final design but in the end, it’s still a production that wasn’t entirely produced by me. Sometimes it’s a team effort or sometimes it’s someone else’s decision (upper management / client). But even looking back through these years, I still call myself a graphic designer because by night (or during day breaks) is when I get to create my own designs. So what’s really my point? I was feeling self-conscious about my job title so I wanted to justify the different kinds of designers out there. However, it is almost midnight so I will have to continue this post...

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