March 2012

Lately, I've been working steadily on small publications and some online newsletters. In my spare time, I've been reading through design books, visiting the odd antique store or two, and accumulating interesting graphic ephemera wherever I can find it (which is usually a bookstore). It's been illuminating to note how design evolves over time to meet the always ever-changing needs of the time and particular clients. I'm really appreciative of some of the illustration and design accomplishments during this past century. As society grows stronger and adapts to change, so does design.

I've been paying particular attention to note how white space is used. White space, as you may know, is the space not taken up by type, images, or any other graphic elements. Perhaps you've heard that saying how music isn't so much about the notes being played, but the silences that surround them. Well, design tends to work in much the same way. Not only can white space communicate meaning—such as luxury, sophistication, or busyness—but it draws attention, directs the eye around the page, and in multi-page documents, even connects pages together. Another analogy often seen is that of interior design and architecture, a field that is all about organizing "spaces."

On another note, I'm looking forward to all of the changes and development that 2012 has in store. If you find you need some graphic design services, consultation, or advice, please feel free to drop us an e-mail whenever time permits. Good luck to everyone in all their endeavors.

October 2011

Change is one of those inevitable things about life that we all learn to cope with on some level. It's easy to try to rest on the laurels of past achievements, and find a comfort zone. But, oftentimes, if you're not actively moving ahead, then you're slowly falling behind.

There is no other place like the Internet to see this principle in stark action. That website design you purchased back in 2002 might still be serving your own internal needs, but you have to ask yourself, "is still meeting my audience or customer's needs?" It's a brand new world out there these days, so it might be time for a refresh on your web presence.

If you ever had a question about the effectiveness of your site's design, wanted to how little it would cost you to establish a professional site (with your own domain name!), or wanted to update some of your information on your own site, then be sure to e-mail us today to start a discussion about how you can keep up with the changing face of design.

August 2011

Among the trips to printers, design meetings with clients, brainstorming design solutions, and brushing up on the latest trends in online coding, I was officially awarded my certifications in Graphic Design and Interactive Media. They make nice additions to my previous certifications in Visual Communication and English. But while being officially recognized for my training is nice, it's even nicer to be able to put that training to good use in an excellent design.

I'm currently working on a series of printed booklets for a year-long program presented by a local small business. I really like working with type treatments, illustrations and photography, and the general layout of these pieces. An online newsletter is next on the menu!

In other news, I've also got some photography projects in the works. I hope to be able to post some these projects in the near future. If you're curious about my personal photography, you can check it out on flickr.

May 2011

Check out this new website, lovingly hand-coded by yours truly. Our second year of operation unofficially begins with this site relaunch. It seems that web and new web-standards is drifting further away from Flash based sites, thanks in large part for the need for search engines to read the content of pages and properly index them. And so, I've converted and updated my brand to the new HTML5 format. This is a very good thing, especially since I'll be better able to update my site when the occasion demands it. And as web-standards and browsers evolve, my site will be better able to grow along with them. But I'll still have fond memories of the earlier site, just as I have fond memories of my first Atari 2600. Fun for nostalgia if nothing else.

In any event, please be sure to check out the portfolio pages to see a demonstration of the various projects, skills, and abilities that I can put to work for you. These projects represent the Crème de la crème of the work I have done during my studies at school or on the job, with a smattering of personal projects thrown in. But don't forget, this site itself is technically yet another work of my skills and abilities. I'd put it in the portfolio too if it wouldn't look silly for the redundancy it would create. As with everything, I more than welcome contacts, comments and conversation. Drop me a note if you're so inclined. Thanks!