[book review] Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

In an effort to keep my creative mind fueled, I always read books that challenge my creative processes and imagination.  Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon, a young, hungry artist and writer based out of Texas, is by far the best read I’ve experienced on creativity and pushing yourself to step outside of our norm. Austin KleonContinue reading “[book review] Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon”

The Perfect Fit for your Creative Talent

In my quest to find the perfect fit for the next career as I move to Dallas, I’ve been asking myself, what does a creative designer need in a company to be successful? A lot of people suggest to do freelance work, or start my own business, but I’m just not ready for that yet.Continue reading “The Perfect Fit for your Creative Talent”

Magazine Industry: Trends and Challenges

Here is a little research for ya! I am personally NOT a data person, but I found this topic to be very interesting. I still hear people say “print is going to die”, and I have also heard, “with the technological advances, who needs print publications anymore?” I’ve always believed that a printed product serves as that tangible “friend”Continue reading “Magazine Industry: Trends and Challenges”

Creative Business Card Designs

Great business cards communicate a whole lot of information — both directly and indirectly — about the people and companies they represent. The average person thinks of a business card stating the standard name/address/e-mail/phone data (does anyone use fax anymore?) information. But as a designer, we know creative business card designs convey personality, philosophy, attitude and brand. Along withContinue reading “Creative Business Card Designs”

The Vintage Revival

The Vintage Revival stemmed from a series of themed events that was promoted with vintage design elements. The month of events ranged from retreats to fitness to barbecues. It was important that the events were obviously a part of the same effort, but also catered to the individuality of the events. Why has vintage designContinue reading “The Vintage Revival”

Exploring Color Theory

Choosing colors for a design is both highly subjective but also highly scientific. Most designers search for a color palette that looks nice or will make their client happy. However, its much more than that. The most effective color choices go beyond the personal preference. Colors have an ability to influence mood, emotions, and perceptions; take onContinue reading “Exploring Color Theory”

The Perfect Color Palettes…

For the love of color, I’ve gathered a few inspiring color palettes to display. It’s always important to design with a nice color palette, which is usually sampled from a strong image or theme. Complementary colors make perfect sense when designing with such beautiful images. Even though the visionaries may not notice, designing with specificContinue reading “The Perfect Color Palettes…”

Garden & Gun: Soul of the South

I’ve talked about (aka Facebooked, Tweeted and Instagramed about) writing a piece on Garden & Gun magazine for a long time. So finally here it is. It is worth the read. First I would like to point out that it is an extreme rarity that I find a publication that I am 100% IN LOVE withContinue reading “Garden & Gun: Soul of the South”

Designing for a Good Cause: Design vs Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. So first, here is a little info about breast cancer. Women – keep yourself informed, get your check-ups and always be aware. It is a little bit lengthy, BUT keep reading! It is worth it the knowledge! Here is the best part!!! This is a GREAT WAY to designContinue reading “Designing for a Good Cause: Design vs Cancer”

Branding/Package Design: The London House of Coffee by Reynolds and Reyner

Through my experience in design I have done very little package design. In efforts to stay versatile. I research and play around with services in the field that I don’t get a lot of exposure to. Which leads me to the branding and packaging the London House of Coffee, designed by Reynolds and Reyner. ReynoldsContinue reading “Branding/Package Design: The London House of Coffee by Reynolds and Reyner”