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Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 under Design Life Sketches | No comments

Today Crystal and I got to listen in on a great Creative Mornings talk from Wes Featherston about beauty, ugly and process; we've been enjoying so many great presenters the past few months, each providing different insights into how they approach life and creativity. If you haven't been able to participate in a CM session yet, definitely take the next last Friday of the month and rejuvenate yourself before beginning a new month of productivity. ...

Fancy prints are available!

Fancy prints are available!

Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2012 under Design | No comments

I have been having a blast making big glossy prints of my vector work for the local community markets that Status and FCC have put on, but I've had enough people ask about framed versions of the work that I thought I would make it easy on everyone and use a great site like Society6 to handle printing, mounting and shipping of all that goodness. They offer small to very large prints, as well as ...

IF : Hitched

IF : Hitched

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012 under Design Sketches | No comments

Here's my fun little entry to last Friday's Illustration Friday theme of "hitched". Nothing in particular in mind with this besides just wanting to make some typographic doodling and clean it up in Illustrator. The background is partly from a photo I took while heading to work a few months ago.

If you like it enough, you can grab a desktop size version to enjoy at home.

And if you are a frequenter of Dribbble, here are ...

Vote my Threadless – Rainbow Ralph

Vote my Threadless – Rainbow Ralph

Posted on Sunday, May 6th, 2012 under Design | No comments

Here's another new submission I have made to Threadless; this time it is for their general contest, so no special theme and just fun. I've had a back log of these guys for a while now, so I hope you (and the Threadless community) are liking them.

The puking unicorn came from a Google Hangout session I had a few months ago with some of the gang from work. We were testing out the idea of ...

Vote my Threadless – Sesame Balance

Vote my Threadless – Sesame Balance

Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012 under Design News | No comments

This is the entry I finished last night for one of Threadless' recent contests, featuring characters from Sesame Street. It started with pencil on paper and after only a few revisions based on feedback from Jodie, I took it straight to vector in Illustrator (using my personalized Brush set).

Feel free to vote it up and check out some of the other really great submissions. You actually have a chance to win a $100 Threadless gift ...

Appearance Styles

Appearance Styles

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 under Design | No comments

Last night I finished the design for a brochure promoting a missions trip to Africa that we plan to take in September. Along the way, I found myself against a few odd problems in Illustrator and thought it worth while to share their solutions.

Large-scale Texture Backgrounds

For the backgrounds of both the inside and outside of the brochure, I wanted solid colors that were accented by subtle textures. Initially, I created full size raster graphics in ...

IF – Journey

IF – Journey

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011 under Design | No comments

My submission for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "journey". Simple weaving fun as a little bit of vector laid over the top of some plaster wall.

Texture courtesy of cgtextures.com

One Free Interaction Evolved

One Free Interaction Evolved

Posted on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 under Design | No comments

It has been about a year since I read Chris Noessel's article on one free interaction and was immediately filled with an excited tingle-y feeling. You know the one ... it's usually reserved for when you find an extra $10 bucks or when you're the guy to remember a song title that's eluding everyone else. It's actually the same feeling I got my first time reading William Lidwell's amazing Universal Principles of Design. He was ...

Starcon – Preview

Starcon – Preview

Posted on Monday, May 24th, 2010 under Design | No comments

A new icon, just finished today after the DFP lecture. It should be available for purchase from GraphicRiver in a few days. The idea for it was to create something simple and bright, that could be used generally for an application ... from an app launcher to a Biology desk reference or anything in between.

It does feel like there is some sci-fi connection to it ... but that might just be me, considering I just ...

IF – Early

IF – Early

Posted on Friday, May 21st, 2010 under Design Sketches | No comments

Staying out with "the boys" the last couple of nights has made my alarms (I had to set three ... my watch, my iPhone and the nightstand one) sound so loud and seem so early lately. At some point, I need to find some sleep ... but for now, I am definitely enjoying playing catch up with work and spending so much time out with people I really enjoy.

This is a simple vector piece made ...

IF – Ahead

IF – Ahead

Posted on Monday, April 26th, 2010 under Design Downloads | 1 comment

My entry for this past Illustration Friday topic of "ahead" actually comes in a couple of parts. I initially started out with idea of creating a typeface to demonstrate the word, but ended up being distracted by the minutia of the lowercase letters not matching up to what I liked about the uppercase letters. I eventually took the letters I did like and worked up the vector illustration you see here.

Circles of Interest

Circles of Interest

Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2010 under Design | No comments

Even though I have no plans of releasing these to the public, I thought you might enjoy seeing this fun little cross-platform project I have been working on. It is really just a fancy list for me to keep handy and remind me of what to work on most days. Not only does it come with a spiffy iPhone version (including a custom iPhone icon, of course), it now has an Adobe AIR version that ...


CMYK Monsters

Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 under Design Life | 2 comments

Thanks to an equally relaxing and productive morning, I managed to wrangled up my earlier drawing into this fun vector. It's sized just perfect for your iPhone, but I am thinking it would make for a great poster print. What do you think? Anyone got recommendations on a place to print them at? I've only ever used Cafepress, which is slightly pricey.

Although it doesn't directly relate to the drawing, this is what I read today ...


PhotoViewer – Graphics

Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 under Design Life | No comments

After a yummy Thanksgiving lunch and hanging with the co-workers, I spent some time updating a few graphics for the DFP course's Project 3 example.

Despite the fact that these pieces will end up in Flash as part of an AIR deployment, I still created the vectors in Illustrator and did a copy-import. Not because I am lazy, but because I still prefer working with AI's interface and color selectors over the Flash IDE.

And, of course, ...


Type Blend Icon – Preview

Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 under Design | 1 comment

The lovely geometric type icon I made during the DFP Lecture today. Simple and customizable, but after continually seeing all of the pretty things that James White keeps putting out, I really just wanted to make something colorful. The icon is entirely vector, which was really difficult to achieve with the color blending of the radial shape and the necessary drop shadow ... had to delve into that cumbersome Illustrator Transparency panel masking interface, which ...


IF : Blur

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009 under Design | No comments

I decided that for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "blur" I would make this pretty Mac icon ... one, because it has been a while since I made an icon and I miss all 262,144 of those pixels and two, because when I think of blurred things, I immediately think the fuzzy color circles I see at night when I am not wearing my glasses or contacts.

I started with some shapes in Illustrator and ...


WordPress Starting Points

Posted on Sunday, October 11th, 2009 under Design | No comments

With the currently progressing update to the Dra Studio and some recent client projects, I have been trying to find a decent WordPress theme or framework that I could start from and build each future project on. After trying out quite a few nice and fully-featured ones, including Thematic, Hybrid, Starkers, The Buffet Framework, and Emptiness, I found myself more encumbered than enabled ... having to match up with their structure and layouts, working within ...



Posted on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 under Design Life | No comments

The last few days have been full of a lot o' work ... creating code and pre-pro examples for students, updating curriculum in the classroom, then keeping busy through the wee hours of the night and morning creating for some Illustrative clients.

Thanks to Norm reminding me about how easy it is to setup local databases with MAMP or XAMPP, I have been having an easier time working with WordPress:http://wordpress.org lately. I will eventually need to ...


Snow Leopard & Perl – Having 64-bit babies

Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 under Code Design | 3 comments

Sadly, one of my favorite lil' Mac tools, Validator, which is perfect for validating XML files against custom Document Type Declarations (DTDs), is currently not working with Snow Leopard, or more specifically, Snow Leopard's implementation of 64-bit Perl.

There is an easy way have 10.6 load the 32-bit version of Perl, but unfortunately, even after doing so, it looks like Validator is still having some other issues.

There is no contact information on Robert Crews' website, so ...


Tag Icon – Preview

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 under Design | No comments

Tonight's DFP icon experiment resulted in a pretty 2 for 1 tag special. It is not much of an easter egg, but I thought my name choice on the Christmas tag was a fun one. :) As always, these should be available for purchase soon on GraphicRiver and as always, I'll update this with the link when they are.

Thanks to the built-in screen capturing feature of Snow Leopard's new Quicktime X, I actually managed to ...


Kodachrome Icon

Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 under Design Photography | No comments

It is time again for the monthly DFP discussion on icons. My über example today ended up being this lovely tribute to Kodak's belated Kodachrome plastic slide mounts. It's kinda crazy that these were still being widely used just back in the 1990s.

The icon should be available soon from the nice GraphicRiver folks, in both the hinged and notch variety.

**Update: It is! Buy it here, kiddies.


Play Icon Preview

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 under Design | No comments

Another icon I worked up as an advanced example for my DFP students. Like the others, this one should be available from GraphicRiver within a few days.** Update: The icon has been approved and is now available for purchase


No Coding?

Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 under Design | No comments

I really think Adobe is heading down the wrong path with their no coding push of Catalyst. Didn't they learn anything from the WYSIWYG garbage that can be produced by Dreamweaver? I guess not. While there may be a small percentage of legitimate UX development planned for this app, I can already see it becoming another eyesore in the Adobe periodic table.


Nerds in Shape logo

Posted on Monday, July 20th, 2009 under Design Sketches | No comments

Something quick I whipped up for Brandon.

Sadly, the type is not mine ... my pens weren't liking the blue lead I drew this piece with, so my type came out all bloated. This is the beautiful "Peixe Frito" by Billy Argel.


Apple's App Wall

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 under Code Design | No comments

If you haven't already, definitely check out AppleInsider's or TechCrunch's coverage of the sweet App Wall that developers at Apple made for the recent WWDC event.

Here are all the deets:

"What you're looking at:
Over 3,000 apps - and growing - are downloaded every minute from the App Store. This is a live feed showing the activity of 20,000 popular apps currently on the store. Every time a customer downloads an app, its icon lights up (5 ...


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