I’m really excited to share what I’ve been up to lately. It includes some of my favorite things: weddings, art and geeky stuff. 🙂 I’ve been making Thumbprint Trees! What are thumbprint trees? If you’re not engrossed in wedding trends you might not know. I didn’t know until I was getting married and then I fell in love. (Again. The first time being with my spouse, obvs. lol) Continue reading
Kevin Cheng’s new book See What I Mean contains unique articles about design and communicating ideas, including the article I wrote for Inspired Mag How Comic Books Can Make You a Better Designer. The book features a lot of great information and artwork and is a really great tool for anyone who wants to engage users with comics. You can learn more about the book at Rosenfeld Media. Continue reading
UncommonGoods is one of my favorite places to find new unique gifts and fun items to feature on Incredible Things. That’s why I was really excited when they asked me to create a list of curated gifts to feature on their website. It wasn’t easy just picking 20 items because they really have so many great gifts to choose from.
Here are just a few of my picks for holiday gifts. Check out UncommonGoods for more.
The team I work on at Dartboard Media felt moved to help those who were impacted by hurricane Sandy. We decided to sell a notebook that honored the spirit of New York and New Jersey and give the profits to help those effected. Continue reading
Scout Books wrote a case study on the SIGFGD notebooks I designed for Cool Material. Here’s the quote from me:
“No one really wants to do all of the stuff on their agenda—they have to. We figured adding some humor to the mix might lighten a busy person’s mood a bit.”
Read the rest of the case study on Scout Books‘ website.
I’ve always been a bit into comic books, which had a big influence on how I learned to draw (and read I’ll admit). But the influence didn’t just stop there; comics also influence how I design. Sounds crazy? I explain the concept in much more detail in an article I wrote for Inspired Mag about comic books as a source of inspiration for designer.
How Comic Books Can Make You a Better Designer
Halloween is right around the corner and if you still don’t have a costume and you’re scrambling for ideas then check out Costume Pop for last minute ideas. One of my favorites of course… be your favorite blogger! Just print out one of these blogger Halloween masks (drawn by yours truly) and stay in your PJs.
>See all 15 Halloween Masks at Costume Pop
After hearing the news that Ralph Lauren doesn’t feed their models I had to try to imagine what this woman must have looked like before they butchered her—I imagine that she was probably once quite beautiful. This is just a quick edit to demonstrate what normal human anatomy sort of looks like.
Don’t get me wrong, I love photomanip… I edit photos professionally and for fun, but within reason. It’s important to use a light touch to make someone look their best and really bring out the features that give them character. One photo could never catch the essence of something or someone entirely and I feel that editing helps the viewer see what you want them to. But this is downright disgusting… but more importantly it’s inaccurate. I’ll never claim to be an anatomy expert, but I do feel that good Photoshop artists must have a basic understanding of human anatomy… otherwise they do things like crush someone’s rib cage or remove their vital organs.
I honestly don’t know if this is the result of a lack of understanding of the human body or an obsession with portraying it as disfigured. What do you think?