Connections are how we build relationships. Graphic arts are communication arts, which succeed when they create or strengthen relationships.
Whether the other person is a friend, someone we work with, someone we interact with only briefly or that abstraction we call “our market”, we start with connections…
You mean this one?
Well, I do mention “Aesthetics,” and look! There’s “Brand Tone”… that’s sort of designy. But how do all those rather un-designy components add up to the glorious space in the middle?
I love the light in this photo. I’m thinking about the warm light and shadows of both Rembrandt and Caravaggio. And doesn’t that iPhone case look fabulous? Why, yes… yes, that does happen to be one of mine.
Hound Dog + Cat, a new mom and pop pet supply shop, is opening in our Los Angeles Mid-Wilshire neighborhood. The mom and pop are Josh Dragotta and Karena Martin, area locals as excited about creating community as they are about […]
This pattern collection is inspired by the intriguing beauty of the colors in a snowflake pattern I created last winter. The coordinated set is now available for purchase on Spoonflower and continues to tell the story of a still and quiet winter wood. The palette is simple (and was developed spontaneously). Maybe that’s why it works so well across so many uses.
This post continues the experiment I began a few days ago. In it, I discussed the impact of color beyond (necessarily) intellectual exercises, and explored how the message changes when we change the surrounding color—the context.
This time, instead of a flower, let’s see what happens when […]
Drop a lilac into a black bowl, wear a red sweater on a cloudy day, and something magic happens. Not only do we see colors differently in different contexts, but they also touch and move us differently.
What’s my favorite poster?
I was asked this recently, and felt a little rattled by the idea of having to point to just one. I poked around on Pinterest to wrestle a bit with it.
I’ve had my favorites… but one? Here’s a quick-ish study.
I’ve been looking for ways add dimension to this pattern design, which I showcased in a previous post. It’s the kind of design that really needs to be lived with and considered over time. Tiny photo mockups only tell a small part of its story. I asked myself […]
The vibrant blue and glow effects translated beautifully to print. Kudos to the press that handled this challenging design.
As a longtime designer for many media, I’m among the kajillions who took one look at the idea of fabric printing on demand (thanks to Spoonflower) and went wild. Here was a way to quickly flesh out and share fabric pattern ideas. I was in heaven.
Very quickly after that, I […]
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