The Passion of Helvetica

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” – Muhammed Ali. I am developing a love/hate relationship with Gary Hustwit’s documentary, Helvetica.  I love it and hate it for many of the same reasons many Christians love and hate Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of the Christ. Let me explain… When The...

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Different Words

I recently heard a story about a old blind man in the 1950’s who would sit in front of a building and beg for money from anyone who passed by. He sat there all day with a cup and a sign that read: After several days of seeing this man, an ad writer came up to the blind man and asked if he could help him.  The blind man agreed; so the writer took out a marker and wrote...

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Forest Painting

My wife has a fantastic eye for design.  Before we got married, we had a deal that I’d allow her to be in charge of decorating our home.  In our apartment’s den, behind the couch, was a large blank wall just itching for some artwork.  After looking at some great artwork online, Leah and I decided that we could put our artistic head’s together and...

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Speed Painting – Ballerina

My first “speed painting” I did to test out SnapzPro and Photoshop...

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Basic Design Principle – Alignment

Today’s post will be about the design principle of alignment. New designers often violate this design principle by putting text and graphics on the page wherever there happens to be room. Often this can leave a layout looking unorganized and unprofessional. By aligning objects, you can give your pages and designs a feeling of harmonious visual appeal. The...

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Basic Design Principle – Contrast

Today’s post will be the first in a series on four basic principals of good design. I call these the “Basic Principles” because they are the foundation of how all good designs should look. These four foundational principles are: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Although I will be talking about each principle separately, keep in mind that each...

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6 Steps to Breaking Into a New Market

One of the most common challenges faced by new graphic designers (i.e. graduates) is finding steady work.  Right now, there’s an estimated 286,100 graphic designers in the US – both freelance and full-time employed.  In 10 years, that number is expected to grow by 13 percent.  Thanks to the spread of internationalization, the cost of doing business will be getting...

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CMYK or RGB?

What’s the difference between CMYK and RGB color modes? This is a common question faced by new digital designers and those that have ever worked with a printing company. Though there’s a lot of science involved, I’m primarily going to stick with a general answer. First, let me flex my art-nerd muscles… When you were in school, you probably learned that mixing...

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