A Designer’s Holiday Wish List

A Designer’s Holiday Wish List

Ever wonder what to get a designer for the holiday season? Or perhaps YOU’RE the designer and don’t know what to ask for? Well I’ve got a list of 10 fun gifts any designer would appreciate.

Can’t…stop…pinning!

Can’t…stop…pinning!

Current Obsession: Pinterest.

I always heard people talk about Pinterest, but never really cared to see what it was all about. As a designer, homeowner, DIY junkie, photography lover…shame on me. 😉 If you haven’t checked out Pinterest, you need to. It’s a place to save all your favorite images, DIY project links, future ideas for your house, places to visit, fitness tips… you get the idea. There are all sorts of things out there that you may not find by just searching via Google.

How To Get Your Site Noticed

How To Get Your Site Noticed

When I started as a “professional” graphic & web designer in 2007, I perused galleries all over the place for inspiration, wondering what it took to make it onto these sites. I assumed these had to be well-known designers with an amazingly deep understanding of development, compliant coding, or were born with endless amounts of creative ideas. I’m not saying they aren’t those people, but it’s not all of them. I know this, because I’ve recently found myself surprisingly amongst them.

Yay for some lovin’ from OnePageLove.com!

Yay for some lovin’ from OnePageLove.com!

This morning I woke up, did my usual, wandered into the office to check my Google Analytics, and saw I already had 143 hits from around the world and it was only 10 am. I immediately thought my site got hacked.:p Once I delved into the traffic sources a bit more I realized a lot were referrals and from the site OnePageLove.com.

MySQL databases, php forms, & dynamic results, oh my!

MySQL databases, php forms, & dynamic results, oh my!

So when I first moved to Maryland I had several interviews going on in one week. One of the companies was looking for a web designer/developer so I thought I’d give it a try. For my interview they asked me to put together a page where someone can register/login, take a survey, and then produce live results once they hit submit. I suppose I should emphasize I’m more on the design than development side of things so this kind of frightened me (oh, and I had 1 day to put it together). After a few moments of wondering if I should cancel the interview I finally said to myself, why not take a stab at this, what’s the worst that could happen, you and they both realize it’s not the job for you and you’ve learned something new in the process.

Can’t-Miss Tutorials for Graphic Designers

Can’t-Miss Tutorials for Graphic Designers

I love when I can sit down and take the time to learn new tricks for my print designs, photography, or interactive stuff. Over the years I’ve created a bookmark haven of inspiring tutorials and now I want to share them with YOU! You may find some of the tips to be tedious or too extensive, but once you apply them to your designs, they can truly enrich your skills & take your work to the next level.

A handful of uber creative websites from 2011

A handful of uber creative websites from 2011

Well it’s that time of year again, the time when every web design blogger puts together a list of the trends from 2011. I honestly got close to doing that myself. But I’m still one of those designers who goes out and looks for the posts ABOUT the past and future trends, so I’ll spare everyone from just reiterating someone else’s post. Instead I’ll share some of the coolest, most adventurous, cleanest, just plain good web design I’ve seen and personally enjoyed over the last year.

Make passing judgements more fun with Knock Knock’s nifty gifts

Make passing judgements more fun with Knock Knock’s nifty gifts

I’m not sure how many people have heard of Knock Knock, but I think I heard about them back in college when I was looking for a ridiculously witty gift for a ridiculously witty friend online. They have loads of “creative, smart, well-designed gifts” for friends, coworkers, even loverrsss ;)… The description of their philosophy does it better justice…

20 unique & inspirational logos

20 unique & inspirational logos

I’ve been researching A LOT of logos lately for inspiration, trying to come up with something abstract for two different clients. So I figured, why not share some of the more creative or eye catching ones I’ve found in case someone else is looking for some inspiration too. Some may be just student work, but they’re creative nonetheless. Enjoy! 🙂