Category: Design

  • I Built an Archive and Wrote a History Book. You Can Too. The Thought Process

    In a previous post, I laid out the process for building an archive, researching, writing, and designing a corporate history book. In this post, I’d like to lay out the thought process for those that are considering the project. As I said previously, this process works for a corporate history or almost any project of […]

  • I Built an Archive and Wrote a History Book. You Can Too.

    In 2019, I finished writing and designing a company history book, which was a project that originally began in 2014. Due to the complexity of the project, I’m going to explain my process here for those that are starting a project like this and need advice. I found little in my journey. The advice below […]

  • Prime marks vs quotes

    This is an error I see a lot. Quotation marks are rounded. Prime marks are not. Here the designer used double prime marks to set off The Freshest Guy in Town!

  • Design and Election Season

    I live in Pennsylvania, which means that this year I got to see what it was like to live in Iowa during primary season. Highways were backed up as the candidates visited, and I got mail. Tons of it. There were some inspiring pieces, and I ended up using one as a template for a […]

  • Survey Says

    I get endless surveys. I get one each time I stop at CVS. I get one each time I go to the doctor’s office. Any doctor. We go to a restaurant near our house several times a week. I get one on every receipt. I’m a heavy user of Adobe products, and I get a […]

  • Gift Horses

    I just finished a Content Marketing class at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.  This was just one of a series of Continuing Education classes they offer in the evenings and on weekends every semester. It’s a great way to increase arts education, serve the community, build a base of supporters and potential donors, […]

  • The advantage of being a student for life

    I began my graduate work a few weeks after receiving my undergraduate degree. I knew I didn’t want to leave school, and I kind of never have. You shouldn’t either. Here’s why. I work in technology. Everything changes all the time. Being ok with being a student turned out to be a huge advantage, and […]

  • Anniversary Photo

    My parents will celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary later this month. I took some photos for them, so they would replace their photos of me at 18. 

  • Eye of the Beholder

    Here is something that happened to me just recently but has reoccurred throughout my design career. The things I care about. The things I think are cool or good or difficult or clever are not always what others think are cool, good, difficult, or clever. Most people walk around in their own bubble of interests. […]

  • Society of Illustrators Fall 2017 Shows

    In November 2017, my husband and I went to New York City for a Jets Thursday Night game. We spent three days total and filled the first one with, among other things, a trip to the Society of Illustrators (128 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065) for their fall show. The show, which featured children’s […]