I’ve just completed a redesign of The Easy Way Out website. The Easy Way out is a locally owned and operated personal chef service that caters to families and busy professionals. The previous site was not getting updated and did not have the structure necessary to accommodate new offerings such as the classes she teaches. … Read more Shameless Self Promotion, Part 2
I’ve used the saying “Sugar Coated Evil” for quite some time now just in jest to describe myself. And I was thinking it might make a good t-shirt…so after a bit of work I’ve developed a Sugar Coated Evil line of products on Zazzle. I’ve got just a few items to start and I have … Read more Sugar Coated Evil Comes to Zazzle
Or at least price label placement. I was recently out purchasing Mario Kart for the Nintendo Wii and noticed this other game… …either the employee at the game store was being very clever or the package designer needs to take a minute to think about how the final package will appear on store shelves. Either … Read more Unfortanate Packaging
This is my fourth entry for the handmade HOWiezine (or ‘zine) as it is affectionately known, made by members of the HOW Design Forum. After building up my confidence and style on my three previous zines, I decided it was time to go for the gold and ask for the covers. This theme is very … Read more Making A Zine: The story behind the covers for HZ-12: Nightmares and Dreamscapes
We had several severe storms roll through our area this past week. My favorite local news channel was bumped off the air at one point, so I switched to another station. I think the folks in the graphics department need to talk with the people who post the severe weather notices because as you can … Read more That’s Unfortunate…
So after the HOW Conference and talking to some of my designer friends, I finally caved and decided to upgrade my 6-year old G4 to a brand spankin’ new 24-inch iMac. I got a refurb machine of the new previous generation aluminum iMacs. The day before it arrived, I thought to myself…”hmm…is it possible that … Read more Mac Attack!
I was fortunate enough to attend my fourth HOW Design Conference May 18-21 in Boston and here are my thoughts about this year’s offerings. As always, it was fantastic to see my old friends from the HOW Magazine Forum as well as meet new friends in the sea of 4,000 designers that descended upon Boston … Read more HOW Design Conferernce 2008 Review
I was driving to see my parents the other day and I noticed that the old copy shop near their house went out of business. I also noticed that they had taken down the sign and clearly someone had painted around the sign. Where the sign used to be there was some type painted on … Read more Hidden Type
I hate gift registries. I can never find a gift in my price range and I usually end up wasting so much time and energy trying to find something suitable for the happy couple that I am a pretty grumpy customer. So I decided early on that when my friends got married I wasn’t going … Read more Princess Sun is Done!
I recently picked up a box of security envelopes. I really didn’t pay much attention to the packaging, because, well, let’s face it, envelope packaging is rarely engaging (my apologies if you are one who designs envelope packaging, I’m sure you are a good designer). When I went to open the box, I found this … Read more Envelope Fun!
In my day job as a designer at a local grocery store, I was in the store taking some test photos for a project. I was in the ice cream aisle and notice this package: Now I’m open minded and all, and I have no doubt the actual product looks like it does on the … Read more Disturbing Packaging