Conference Primer 101

Recently, I snagged a seat for the Pro/Design Conference in New York City. I also recently submitted a proposal to speak at the upcoming WordCamp Lancaster PA conference. Lastly, I am in the midst of putting together a plan to host a design and development conference in Harrisburg. As you can probably figure out, I like conferences. Continue reading

Welcome to Packaging Design Hell

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Interdisciplinary Interaction Design Conference

November is always a very busy month. There have been many projects that have been completed or near completion. Professionals are working hard to meet deadlines and clear their schedules as much as they can before the holiday season. Students have been busy in the fall semester getting projects finished (or not getting projects finished) and compiling that semesters massive load of laundry to bring home. The Fall is always busy. Continue reading

In Haus Kreativ

On a Saturday, if I don’t have to, I don’t wake up before 8am. Some of you might laugh and roll your eyes a bit and think that that is the life…and honestly…I’d agree with you. I don’t get to sleep in every Saturday. In fact, there are Saturdays I can’t wait to be up and out the door to get the day started.  Continue reading

Good Morning, Mr. President.

Every morning when I get into the office, I pour myself a big cup of coffee and I pull up a few regular tabs in my browser before I start the day. I have my standby’s always loaded. Continue reading

File Under Creepy and Enigmatic

Last week was the week of Halloween and I was very busy trying to put together my own Batman costume, so this post is coming a bit later than normal. It’s outside the normal purview of my blog, but in the spirit of Halloween I wanted to talk about a book that has garnered global interest, amassed fierce controversy and has millions questioning what it is. Continue reading

Moving Up

Moving up in the design industry has its share of perks and burdens. On the surface, the title of art director sure sounds pretty awesome when you make your introductions and hand them your business card. The title, art director, conjures up all sorts of respect and deference towards that person. It confers a level of responsibility and ingrained knowledge and wisdom towards their craft. While this is true, most outsiders may not realize that an art directors work is never done. A good art director may know the ins and outs of production, but they also work much more closely with clients and account executives which allows them to steer the helm of the creative team towards the development of an idea from beginning to end. For designers newly promoted to art directors, this can be a challenge. Continue reading

A Review on New Vector Drawing Programs

One of my favorite software tools to use is Adobe Illustrator. It’s my default application to take my initial sketches from the idea stage to a working composition. It can be very tempting to begin to play within Illustrator, but much of the time I will actually make thumbnail sketches and ideas on paper and either scan or photograph them to bring into Illustrator to begin pulling together my ideas into cohesive, editable options. When I first was introduce to Illustrator, it was back during the days of Adobe CS2 and from there I’ve jump every other version, going to CS4, and now with CS6. I use Adobe CC but I also still have a machine that uses only CS6. Continue reading

When The Man Comes Around

Imagine if you will…I’m 6’8”, right around 320 lbs. I’m no small guy. I’m fumbling over my introduction notes, making sure I memorize everything and practicing how it sounds as I softly recite a few takes. I’m standing right behind a white support pillar that is maybe 18” or 20” across up at the front of the room. I’m not exactly hidden. Continue reading

Open Design Process

When I first got involved with the open source community, I had plenty to learn. I delved into the philosophy of open source, the Creative Commons copyright licenses and other licenses as well as meaningful contribution to ideas, projects and products. WordPress was probably the first product I started using and understood as open source. Since then, I tried out hundreds of open source projects, products and software packages, thanks to amazing people who post projects to GitHub, LayerVault or make them available through their Dropbox account. Continue reading

Primary Healthcare Consultants

I’m always pumped when one of the client sites I’ve developed goes live. It still gets me excited to see something I worked on is out there for the public to interact with and utilize. Last week, I had that excitement happen again as Primary Healthcare Consultants was launched.  Continue reading

Building a Design Community

It’s about 5am when I started writing this post and already I’ve sent out more then a dozen emails reaching out to some those in my design community on behalf of AIGA Central PA. I’ve been working on planning an event with my good pals Bri Picarri and James Castanzo to do a presentation and panel discussion with in-house designers in Central Pennsylvania this November. I imagine by the time I get into the office, I will have sent off a few more. It’s nice to communicate via email today after a long week of meet ups, having lunch meetings and after work drinks with my peers in the industry. Emails equal less driving and more background music with Alexisonfire. Continue reading

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