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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.


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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…)