Those of you who heard my recent talk on The Overlap Technique know that I like to do things a bit differently. I began challenging the status quo vocationally, but beyond that I began to question common practices in all facets of what I do. I starting asking the “Why?” question instead of taking things at face value and doing things everyone did “because that’s what you do.”
I’m quite used to the glorious real estate of my 27-inch screen. I even have a second monitor in addition to it. I’m used to my space. I like it for designing and I like it for the nice at-a-glance overview it gives me of all the things I’m managing.
However, with all of the space comes to tendency for distraction. Yes, 27 inches and two monitors can be used productively and for good. But they can so easily be used to facilitate heavily efficient distraction management.
I’ll be teaching a hand lettering workshop in Florida for AIGA Orlando on February 22, 2014.
We will explore some approaches for creating different types of lettering, as well as look at how to intentionally combine different styles and create solid compositions.
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This past week, I had some really good conversations. It’s amazing what a little perspective can do for you when you make time to connect with people and really listen. It’s so easy to get trapped in the reverberation of our own thoughts.
I won’t detail each conversation individually, but I will pull out some of the principles and things that stuck with me this week.
If you’re like me, you’re afraid of being vulnerable. I know I’m especially afraid of being vulnerable on the internet. We believe it to be synonymous with weakness—and no one wants to appear weak. We painstakingly craft our online personas into an ideal image because it provides us a sense of security and control.
I honestly didn’t even like putting a picture of myself as my avatar. It would be much easier to hide behind an icon or logo. I hated the sound of my own voice, I certainly didn’t want to be on video, and let’s not even talk about speaking in front of a crowd!
I get interview requests from students almost daily. I do my best to personally respond to as many as I can, but I often don’t have the capacity to reply to all of them, especially when they are in-depth questions from students with short deadlines. Since many of the questions are quite similar, I’m finally Continue Reading »
When it comes to logo design, many designers deliver multiple concepts to the client in order to let them to pick their favorite one. Many even have different concept packages and an allotment of revisions. But what is the purpose of these multiple concepts? On what merit are revisions based?
Today, I am 25. It sounds odd to say out loud, for I feel much older. I grew up fast. The oldest of 12, I acquired responsibilities quickly. People say I married young, at age 21. Nearly four years later, I can say it was the single best decision I ever made. My wife is Continue Reading »
Somehow it’s been a year already and another fantastic Circles Conference has come and gone, leaving us all, yet again, considerably charged with inspiration. This year’s conference sold out with 420 attendees—well beyond twice that of the 2012 conference. I can honestly say I was immensely impressed with every single one of the talks shared. Continue Reading »
Since Instagram introduced video importing from the camera roll, I’ve been enjoying sharing condensed timelapses of my lettering process. It’s also given me a great excuse to include some of my piano compositions as mini-soundtracks. Though many on Instagram cry “What app? What app??!” in the comments out of desperation to discover a 1-tap solution Continue Reading »
He spent many thousands of hours building wonderful paper crafts in his free time, simply because he loved it. What started as an evening passion, grew into a huge body of work that demonstrated remarkable versatility in style and form. In the beginning, he simply took some Instagram photos with his iPhone and posted them Continue Reading »
Crafting custom type logos is my fervent passion. I enjoy creating a word mark that is contextually relevant to the audience of my client. My style is one of clean, readable, precision. Over-complication is something I staunchly avoid. Though while I favor simplicity, it is a uniquely charm-infused character I embrace. I receive a great Continue Reading »
So you’re excited about Learn Lettering, and now you’re interested in the tools! While I do reveal my instruments here, I can’t stress enough that the best pen is the one you’re comfortable with. You don’t need anything you see here to create good work, or to be a great artist. Remember, tools are just Continue Reading »
It all started when I was invited to design the announcement for the May 2013 Dribbble meetup in Austin. What would customarily be a simple lettering piece turned into something bigger. I got caught up in the concept and wanted to really refine it. I felt like I was onto something good, so I spent Continue Reading »