Archive for 'Design Resources'

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How to be objective

When running a business, there’s a constant tension between what you think your customers want, and what they actually want. As a fellow business owner, I know this all too well. Your marketing plan is at the center of this struggle. We all think we know what our clients need, and what they expect our companies […]

DIY Design On a Tight Budget

I’m having one of those moments as a designer in which I can barely stand to be online. You see, over and over, I keep seeing people creating terrible designs because they can’t afford to hire a professional designer. Now, I realize this applies to all areas of design—furniture, interior, decorating, et cetera—but I can […]

Branding the Transient: Event Design

Branding an organization is primarily an exercise in getting to know a person.  When I am tasked with creating a visual identity for a company or organization, I try to get to know—on a personal level—whoever is the main decision-maker for the company.  Usually it’s the president, sole proprietor or in some cases, a board […]

Twitter, Blogging and Word Counts

They say the only constant in life is “change”.  Well, I’ve got nothing but nickels over here, so change is on the way.  For some time now, I’ve only been posting portfolio items to this website, and in fact I’m quite behind on that too!  I have discovered the allure of Twitter to be very […]

Resource: Brand New

I wanted to point out an invaluable resource for corporate identity designers, as well as any artist interested in how art converges with communication.  The name of the website I’m speaking of is called Brand New.  On it, an experienced designer critiques new logo releases and regularly comes out with breaking news regarding corporate identity […]

Best Web Hosting Options

This is a highly-debated and ever-evolving topic of discussion.  The question, ‘‘What’s the best web host?’’ has to be one of the most often asked questions on internet discussion forums around the world.  The answer that is always given is ‘‘There’s no one right answer.  Your needs determine the best host.’’  What that translates to […]

Guest Blog at Live Awake

My brother is a full-time pastor, as well as a web designer.  He runs a great blog called Live.Awake, over at www.bencotten.net.  He’s doing a blog series entitled A Pastors Guide to the Web.  It’s a five part series, with the final portion penned by me.  He asked me to weigh in with the pastors […]

Inspiration: Eric Gill

Eric Gill was an artst, calligrapher, stonecarver, sculptor and typographer living in England from 1882 until 1940.  He grew to be a highly respected stonecarver and letterer during his lifetime, and produced several still-famous typefaces, such as Gill Sans, Joanna, and Perpetua, among others.  The British Broadcasting Corporation has used Gill Sans for it’s identity […]

Logo Design Part 2

The way I always begin a logo or identity design project is in the purely conceptual arena.  What is design without purpose?  How can we as designers communicate something if we don’t understand our message?  Therefore, the first stage must be some sort of interview – either by actually speaking to the client, having them […]

Logo Design Part 1

You might have been wondering what I’ve been up to the last week or two, and the answer is: Logo comps!  Woohoo!  The part of the design process that is the most loved and most despised by designers.  This is the beginning, experimental phase where you sketch, create, erase, sketch, create, erase, then suddenly an […]

Swift 3D by Electric Rain

Free Copies of Swift 3D!

Bittbox is hosting a giveaway of several copies of Swift 3D, a great 3D animation and modeling application.  If you’re into 3D modeling, or want to be, it’s worth a shot!  The rules follow: All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. Only comment once. 3 winners will be randomly chosen and […]

Design Resource: Apple Photo Services

I’ve discovered an awesome design resource, right under my nose!  I’ve been using iPhoto to organize and share my photos for a long time, and had even ordered a softcover book of some of my nature photographs back in 2002.  However, I just finished a wedding album for a client of mine using iPhoto’s Photo […]


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