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Inspiration from Elsewhere

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There is series of lightbulb jokes poking fun at the different roles within an advertising agency:   Q. How many creative directors does it take to change a light bulb? A. Let me go to LA and find out.   Q. How many traffic people does it take to change a light bulb? A. All I… Read more >>

Creating the Perfect Graphic Design Portfolio

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Creating a graphic design portfolio is a crucial step in helping yourself get noticed by future employers. Your portfolio is your most prized possession. Sure, your fancy art school degree and glowing recommendations can give you a boost, but if you can’t back it up with great work that showcases your abilities, you won’t get… Read more >>

SXSW 2015: Innovation Propaganda

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It’s been an amazing week here at SXSW, inspiration on every corner. I’ll leave you with some fun visuals from the presenter of one of my last sessions, Hugh McLeod, Creative Director of GapingVoid. One of Hugh’s talents is brining the entrepreneurial experience to life through art. He sees his mission at helping people understand… Read more >>

SXSW 2015: The Rise of the GIF, the Strategy of BuzzFeed

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Before giving you a recap of two of the sessions I attended today, I wanted everyone to see the real SXSW experience: standing  in line. See anyone you know?   Behind the GIF: The Future of Online Visual Culture This was a panel discussion featuring the heads of giphy.com and imgur.com, two online curators of GIFs; short, silent… Read more >>

SXSW 2015: Drones, Crazy Helmets & Stilts

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SXSW can be overwhelming. With more than 20 different options every single hour, for every session you get into, you’re bummed about the other ones what you’re missing! But I digress, here a few of the sessions I attended today: Gaming the Hospital for High-Quality Patient Care This was a panel about how to get… Read more >>

Good Design Can Change Minds

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Back in August, one of my colleagues commented on Facebook about the numerous donation opportunities he receives in the mail from nonprofit organizations. I’m also familiar with the mailbox stuffed full of mailers, especially around the holidays. But what really stuck with me was his comment that organizations “should include a sharp infograhic showing the… Read more >>

Crazy Colorways

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  If you’ve been to the gym lately (or anywhere, really) you will have noticed a trend in the past few years towards brighter and brighter colors in athletic shoes and apparel. Neon yellow, bright pink, even pairings of many colors previously thought “un-complimentary.” The movement isn’t necessarily about color, either, it’s about standing out… Read more >>

Studio Visit: Artist Neal Harrington

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Last year, at an art exhibit, I was stopped dead in my tracks by a giant, snarling, powerful bull. But it wasn’t really a bull, it was the Greek god Zeus who had disguised himself as a bull. But it wasn’t really Zeus, it was an 8-foot tall woodcut print created by artist Neal Harrington. I’ve… Read more >>

A/B Testing Removes the Guesswork

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One of the most useful applications of measuring analytics online is the ability to iterate – or change – your site’s design, structure and content in ways that lead directly to your goals. If you want your customers to complete an action (buy a product, fill out a form, request more information) then you ignore… Read more >>

Web Design Tools of the Future

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The web design world has been dominated by Photoshop for years. Photoshop is a great tool, but it’s too much for web design. New tools have emerged in the last few years that focus on design for the web. Let’s take a look at a few of these tools. Sketch Sketch is a powerful vector… Read more >>

And The Oscar Goes To……

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I love movies and I love infographics. So when I ran across this article on the Fast Company site, I was highly entertained. It was a good reminder of how the greatest ideas can often be ascertained by understanding if you can put them in a single visual and communicate them. And it is a… Read more >>