Redesigning Adobe’s File Type Icon System Language

October 21, 2017

Really insightful post on an important design overhaul from the Adobe Design Brand team. Adobe has a massive amount of file types, and I think this solution works well.

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Corporate Identity

September 30, 2017

Currently working on B&W marks for two local companies. North Union Farmers Market is a Northeast Ohio non-profit and network of farmers markets. For this logo, I am integrating the utility hole cover and rooster to connect the industrial and farming sectors. Loop is a coffeehouse/record store—the two o’s in the middle represent records and coffee to promote the vibrant music side of the business.

I am really enjoying the process in this class so far, mainly sketching. At this rate, I will likely fill my entire sketchbook before the end of the semester! I am also looking forward to working with color, stationary applications, and other branding applications. Look for more process on this blog in the coming weeks!

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Do Artists and Designers Have an Obligation To Be Political?

September 14, 2017

Interesting and important essay by Grace Chin on Design*Sponge.

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Hannah Jacobs – Animator

August 31, 2017

I really admire the work of UK-based animator Hannah Jacobs. Her films always capture a sense of raw, human emotion and feel very personal and intimate. Before first seeing her work through The School of Life, I never imagined illustration could be brought to life in such a way. Above is her showreel of selected work.

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Hello From The Horizontal City by Celia Jacobs

August 15, 2017

I love the Hockney-inspired use of color and horizontal format of these illustrations of Los Angeles by Celia Jacobs. Such a fun project!

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Spaceships by Lars Stieger

August 7, 2017

Love the concept and color scheme of this project by Hamburg-based photographer Lars Stieger. In his Spaceships series, he makes European architectural structures look like futuristic spaceships.

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A Designer’s Code of Ethics by Mike Monteiro

July 20, 2017

This is an essential read for all designers on the Dear Design Student advice publication. For another interesting article, see “10 things you need to learn in design school if you’re tired of wasting your money.”

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Annie Atkins

July 15, 2017

I stumbled upon the work of Annie Atkins a few weeks ago, and I am highly intrigued! This designer specializes in graphics for filmmaking, including movie posters, props, and set pieces. She has also worked on The Grand Budapest Hotel as a graphic designer, where her role involved “planning and creating every single item that would be designed in real life.” Read more about her work in the Wes Anderson movie here, and be sure to see her website.

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Ben Tousley

July 10, 2017

I’ve been aware of the work of Ben Tousley for a while now, but have just recently started to appreciate his growing portfolio of design work. He has designed album covers and record packaging for musicians like Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and Rostam. According to this interview with It’s Nice That, he gained Grizzly Bear as his first big freelance client at age 18.

Check out his impressive design portfolio here.

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Hello Mr. on AIGA Eye on Design

July 1, 2017

AIGA Eye on Design has a new story up about Hello Mr.’s new membership model. This is an elegant solution to growing a community beyond the printed page.

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Fast Company article on formal mentorship alternatives

June 21, 2017

Good, practical career advice in this Fast Company article from yesterday.

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Alex Norris on It’s Nice That

June 21, 2017


I love these simple, charming webcomics from illustrator Alex Norris. Check out the full article on It’s Nice That.

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7 Ways to Design at Lightning Speed (and Still Be Good)

June 5, 2017

Excellent article by Carrie Cousins on the popular web design blog Webdesigner Depot. Efficiency is an incredibly valuable skill to have as a designer in my opinion.

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Blok Design’s latest packaging on The Dieline

April 27, 2017

I’m obsessed with this minimal, contemporary branding and packaging for Summerhill Market by Blok Design. Check out the full post on The Dieline.

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The invisible parts of CSS

April 27, 2017

Incredibly handy article on CSS from web developer Mike Riethmuller.

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