First, I hope all are doing well and staying safe. As we hunker down into a new normal of less physical interaction, adjustments must be made. In order to minimize the possible spread, my day job is now a work-from-home situation. So, when not doing telework, I maybe spending some time tinkering on various projects.....maybe … Continue reading Creativity in a Time of COVID
Recently a friend of mine who runs a screen printing business made some shirts I thought were humorous and asked where he got the logo. It was a generic one from the internet, but he had a time converting the raster image to a vector for better scaling and such. In response, I pointed him … Continue reading Fonts of color
My alter ego is in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In fact, working cartography and GIS in part led to my foray into graphic design. Recently, GIS helped my graphic design. Usually, graphic design helps GIS better portray data. With the unveiling of the US Space Force's (USSF) 'new' camo (same one the Air Force borrowed … Continue reading GIS lends a hand to graphic design
Being a self-guided designer has the upside of allowing me to design what I like and want to focus on. The downside: trying to find a market or outlet for those designs. This is something I struggle with at times. I have plenty of spur-of-the-moment ideas that I might quickly draft out. Then they sit … Continue reading Have design, will…..desire?
I think most designers and artists have that moment, while working on a project, when a spark brings all the elements together in a flash. I had one of those moments tonight while working on a logo for an employee council at work. The project started with the usual circle, a popular form at work. … Continue reading Sparks of creativity
I decided to start a more formal design presence, it was a pretty leap to take my signature design (at least one variation) and build a logo from it. Adding some blocky, almost stencil-like letters to convey the "DMD" concept was also an easy start, even with the second "D" being reversed to add a … Continue reading Trying new approaches
With life, some projects come to a standstill. In my case, work on Trigrams and some other card decks came to a hiatus. In an effort to keep some personal work alive related to those projects, I decided to research the real cost of a Kickstarter project, mostly focusing on Trigrams. With the few articles … Continue reading Sobriety of reality….
The bulk of my design work is self-initiated, with a few requests scattered in. I've received requests at work, or suggestions to submit ideas. The one area I really haven't strayed into is the world of commissions, where a new customer requests a design based on a concept. I've thought about adding a 'services' page … Continue reading Commission or not
Color is one of the key things to design. Choose the right color, it evokes certain emotions, as does the wrong. There are way too many colors in nature to truly see them all. For designers, it becomes a matter of palettes or collections of colors. Some designers will simply look up colors with no … Continue reading Well, color me…
To quote Yogurt from Spaceballs - "Moychandising, moychandising, moychandising" As you saw with my Best Woman design, I've tinkered with the print-on-demand (POD) idea before. So, now with my expanded portfolio compared to my early Cafe Press days, I'm contemplating building another store for the monkeys and other designs. Now comes the question of which … Continue reading Design Capital