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The Origami Artist

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 »

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Enabling Excellence in Custom Type Logos through Selectivity

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 »

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Hand Lettering Pens, Pencils & Brushes

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 »

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Austin Logo

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 »

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Creative South 2013 – A Recap

This year’s Creative South conference was such a highlight for me. Held in the The Loft venue in cozy Columbus, Georgia, the event was very intimate and personable. I’m from Texas, so I like the think that I know southern hospitality, but I never experienced it quite like this. The people are practically falling over  Continue Reading »

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Three Pipe Problems on Kickstarter

Do you like design? Do you like lettering? If the answer is yes to either or both of those questions, you’re in luck! Jason Vanlue and I are collaborating on a hand-crafted book called Three Pipe Problems. He’s asked me to create over 20 custom illustrations for this book. We really want to pour our  Continue Reading »

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I Didn’t Have Time to Write This

My to-do list isn’t complete. I have several dozen commission requests to respond to. I have 7 active projects, 1 due tomorrow, another on Monday. There are proposals to write, invoices to send, taxes to file, expenses to log, bills to pay, orders to be packed and shipped. There are customer support cases that need  Continue Reading »

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Branding: So Much More than a Logo

I had a wonderful time at this year’s SXSW, and enjoyed many refreshing conversations with delightfully modest people of ubiquitously great talent. In reflecting on the experience and the personal interactions, I’ve come to realize how huge the in-person, human interactions are in contributing to the perception of a brand. Of course this applies to  Continue Reading »

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On Procrastination

The last thing you need right now is a 2,000-word article or list of 30 tips to keep from procrastinating. The only thing you need to address is the amount of care you attribute to this task. Ultimately, we do scramble to finish things at the last minute because we care more about flunking, or  Continue Reading »

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What’s in a Style?

I’ve talked about the good and bad types of copying before. Though there are many overlapping points, this is a tangential topic to that of my previous article. I started writing much of this in a personal response to a question posed by a good friend. Part way through, I recognized that I was writing  Continue Reading »

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Beyond the First Idea

When it comes to thinking of a concept or approach for a design project, it’s not all that hard to have a first idea. In fact, just about everyone does. When you hold a word association experiment, you find that when given a specific word or concept, people largely think of many of the same  Continue Reading »

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Reposting & The Etiquette of Attribution

In the age of Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Reddit, reposting and “borrowing” without permission may seem harmless when everyone on the internet appears to be doing it, but it flirts dangerously with illegal practices that can infringe on others’ copyright. It can get you into serious trouble if you “borrow” from someone who then finds  Continue Reading »

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The Simple Hack to Producing the Extraordinary

Awe We often find ourselves admiring the incredible. Some things have an element of magic that makes them fascinating. Many will pause for a moment, in wonder or respect, and then continue on their way. But there are some of us who look a bit deeper. We notice the attention to detail and we recognize  Continue Reading »

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Circles Conference 2012 – A Recap

Cozy. Authentic. Memorable. On a whim, I decided to register for Circles Conference. I’d heard many good things about Circle Meetups, and the conference proved to be even more amazing than I expected. The talks were real and the people genuine. The intimacy was something you don’t get at events like SXSW. It was great  Continue Reading »

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Letterpressed Seanwes Ampersand Card

A Thing of Beauty That’s what you get when you mix, smart, elegant design with high quality materials and excellent craftmanship. I know I can always find that kind of attention to detail and care with Mama’s Sauce. Even the way they package their shipments is indicative of how much they pour into their work.  Continue Reading »

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Over Generalizations of the Hipsteresque

What is a hipster? I asked five of my friends “What is a hipster?” and I got 5 different answers. For some, it’s behavior. For others, it’s what you own. For yet another group, it’s lack of personal hygiene and for many, it’s a subjective congomerate of any untold number of things purely comprised of  Continue Reading »