Contracts have a bad reputation, but over the years I have developed a bizarre fondness for contracts that is a little out of the ordinary. Nearly every negative project experience I have had has been due to a badly written contract that is missing key components that would save the client and myself time, money […]
There is a certain direction you expect in life. A momentum that pulls you and guides you forward on your journey toward the future you expect and plan for. Then one day the realization hits, a pile of bricks—an anvil to the head—this is not working. It is time for a change. It’s time […]
Color is the love and bane of many designers. Color is antagonized over and perfected. The differences between RGB, CMYK, and PMS all thought through with great care. A good designer knows how to pick color. They know the ins and outs of creating fantastic palettes that draw the eye, evoke emotions, and convert the […]
Apple’s unveiling of the much-anticipated iOS7 has brought forth a slew of commentary from all around the web. From Erik Spiekermann’s violent dislike for the use of Helvetica Thin to Khoi Vinh of Subtraction’s more moderate and reserved wait-and-see attitude no one can keep their mouth shut about this particular Apple release—including me. So the […]
Know Your Dashes Nothing annoys a graphic designer more (other than, perhaps, the use of double spaces at the start of a sentence) than the improper use of hyphens, en-dashes, and em-dashes. In fact, many people including those working in the field of graphic design, marketing, and advertising forget—or never learn—the finer differences between these […]
Sometimes you just need a hug. And, although there is nothing better than a family member or friend, even an internet-hug from a stranger can bring a smile to your face and brighten up your day just a little more. So, check out thenicestplaceontheinter.net, gain a hug, and feel just a little bit brighter.
Like most designers I can not help but fall in love with anything related to that joyful, sometimes frustrating, obsession known a Pantone. So when Sephora started up their Pantone inspired, tangerine tango terrific line, I couldn’t help but swoon. Now they have a whole new palette of eyeshadow and I can’t wait for my […]
I nearly peed my panties… It’s funny because it’s true!
I found this wonderful stop animation video earlier today. It is simple, beautiful, and gives books a little life of their own. After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago (http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA), my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books […]
Over the past few years a plethora of online time wasters have popped up all over the internet. here are 10 of the best time wasting, brain shriveling, games for the design inclined. #1 Kern Type #2 Shape Type #3 The Brand Quiz #4 What type are you #5 TypeWar #6 BrandWashed #7 Kill Comic Sans […]