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New Idea: Ad Review

I sub­scribe to the won­der­ful Ads of the World web­site feed (click here to sub­scribe) and I am always amazed at the inge­nious adver­tis­ing that is around today. It’s impos­si­ble to see every ad but they do a great job of col­lect­ing the bet­ter ones together. I have very lim­ited expe­ri­ence in adver­tis­ing but it is always inspir­ing to see it done well.

Here’s one series that caught my atten­tion: Tok&Stok Fur­ni­ture, cre­ated by DDB Brazil.


Book­case (more…)

Web in Review Oct. 15th, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Pink for October

BCA

In case you haven’t noticed, Madyson Designs has gone pink! Now I’m nor­mally not a fan of pink, but it’s a great way to show sup­port for Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month for Octo­ber. My fam­ily has luck­ily not been closely affected by breast can­cer, but with 2.5 mil­lion breast can­cer sur­vivors in the US alone, it’s still a cause I believe in. (more…)

Web in Review Sept. 4th, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Moo Cards 2.0

Moo Unboxing

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First of all, I have to say that I love Moo. This is the sec­ond set of Mini cards I have got­ten from them, and I’m again impressed with the order process, the print qual­ity, and the turn­around time. The cards are fan­tas­ti­cally handy to keep in a purse or pocket for when you need them. I still have a few of my first batch left, but I decided to order more since I’ve updated my brand look a lit­tle, and have started tran­si­tion­ing to my Google Voice num­ber. (more…)

Web in Review August 18th, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. I haven’t done a list in quite a long time, so there are quite a few great links here. Check them out! (more…)

Eight More Creative Ladies

This is a con­tin­u­a­tion of my orig­i­nal Seven Cre­ative Ladies arti­cle. Be sure to read the orig­i­nal post to get more cre­ative inspiration.

I was so inspired by the ladies in my orig­i­nal post that I couldn’t wait to do a sec­ond round. These are just a few of the many tal­ented, friendly, and inter­est­ing women I have got­ten to know recently. This time, I seem to have got­ten a very diverse group of women in many cre­ative fields. All serve to show how dif­fer­ently the cre­ative vein runs through dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Like in my first post, I posed two ques­tions to every­one. The responses are fan­tas­tic insight into what makes us all tick. (more…)

Web in Review July 23rd, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Web in Review June 22nd, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Outlaw Guest Tutorial

Outlaw Design Blog


I was approached by Danny Out­law of Out­law Design Blog to cre­ate a tuto­r­ial for his recently launched site. This was a fun project  and I’m look­ing for­ward to more projects like this in the future. This tuto­r­ial is great for those of you who enjoyed InDe­sign 101 and are look­ing to put your new skills to good use! Head on over to Out­law Design Blog to check it out:

Inde­sign Flyer — Out­law Design Blog

Thanks, Danny for the opportunity!

Web in Review, June 2nd, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Web in Review May 19th, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Web in Review for May 8th, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

InDesign 101

InDe­sign can seem daunt­ing to begin­ners since there is so much going on. I rarely come across tips and tricks for InDe­sign the way I do Pho­to­shop, CSS, and other web-related tech­nolo­gies. Per­haps there is just more audi­ence for web-related infor­ma­tion on the web. Hope­fully this guide will help new InDe­sign users become more effi­cient and more knowl­edge­able about such a pow­er­ful and flex­i­ble piece of soft­ware. (more…)

Web in Review April 30th, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Successful Blog Review

ImJustCreative.com

I’m far behind in this 31 Days chal­lenge, but I fig­ure it’s bet­ter late than never! The task this time is to ana­lyze another suc­cess­ful blog. I’ve picked Gra­ham Smith’s ImJustCreative.com to review, as it seems to be a sim­i­lar setup to my own com­bi­na­tion of port­fo­lio and blog. Here are some of my thoughts. (more…)

Web in Review April 23rd, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Seven Creative Ladies

I love con­nect­ing with other design­ers to find out about how they got their start, and what makes them tick. It’s so inspir­ing to see how peo­ple from so many dif­fer­ent walks of life and from so many dif­fer­ent back­grounds can all have some­thing in com­mon. A pas­sion to cre­ate, no mat­ter what spe­cific avenue, is some­thing I love to see oth­ers express. And yet, the cre­ative spark can man­i­fest itself in so many dif­fer­ent ways. (more…)

Web in Review, April 17th, 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few I found inter­est­ing recently. Check them out! (more…)

Business Card Printing Roundup

Chris Rossi over at mod­bird has put together a great list on her site of busi­ness card print­ers. I’ve per­son­ally used Moo, uPrint­ing and VistaPrint and have got­ten great results from all. I absolutely love my Moo mini cards. She also has some really good points about the card design process and the impor­tance of hav­ing a good card. Check it out!

um, do you have a card?

(This post is Day 7 of the 31 Days to Build a Bet­ter Blog chal­lenge. To find out more about the chal­lenge, visit ProBlog­ger. To see all my arti­cles dur­ing the chal­lenge, click here.)

Web In Review, April 15th 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few of the links I found inter­est­ing today. Check them out! (more…)

Best Sites for Morning News

The most impor­tant thing you can do as a designer is to keep up with cur­rent design trends and ideas. You need to be able to know what the big ideas are so you can both use them as inspi­ra­tion, as well as avoid cre­at­ing some­thing that looks cliché. Here are five great sites to keep up with what’s going on in the world of design. (more…)

31 Day Challenge — Day 1

I’m par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ProBlog­ger 31 Days to Build a Bet­ter Blog chal­lenge. I’ve got­ten a late start (spam fil­ter fail) but I’m excited to work on it. The first day’s chal­lenge is:

Write an Ele­va­tor Pitch for Your Blog

Basi­cally, an ele­va­tor pitch is a short overview that can be deliv­ered in the time span of an ele­va­tor ride. (more…)

Web In Review for April 2nd 2009

Web In Review

Web in Review is a post of links that I col­lect from RSS feeds, links pro­vided by my lovely Twit­ter friends, and some­times links I hap­pen upon by acci­dent. Here are a few of the links I found inter­est­ing recently. I haven’t put together one of these in a while, so it’s quite a list. Check them out! (more…)