Recently, I saw a post from a friend and professional colleague of mine, Marco Echevarria of Burn Creative, talking about requests from prospective clients who want their logo to be in the same style as another company. His example was the classic Drew Struzan Star Wars “A New Hope” poster with the type treatment in the same style as Google. Other than it looks completely ridiculous, it caused a well of emotion in me, and not the right kind.
A few weeks back, I was in Philadelphia for WordCamp Philly. I was giving a presentation on using BuddyPress for enterprise solutions. BuddyPress, if you haven’t read any of my previous posts about it, can basically turn your WordPress site into a social media site. It’s a very powerful tool as it allows those on your site to connect with each others and share information. In the purest form of social media, you can connect with people and have meaningful conversations that distance and time can’t always allow for. As I rode the early morning train with my girlfriend watching the sunrise over Lancaster County, I was struck by an epiphany. Here I am taking the train as I did so much during my years in college and my coming back to a place that I called home for years, International House of Philadelphia. Read more
When I first started down the path of web design and development, I was quite lost. I knew what HTML was, kind of, but I had no idea how to write any of it. I was trained as a designer, technically focused more on print. When I first began my foray into writing code, I spent about 2 years at Harrisburg Area Community College and a vast amount of time on Lynda.com. Night classes and online video training paid off for me, but there was still so much for me to learn. The only way I could start getting good practices down were through experience. (more…)
Waking up at 3am sucks. Your bed and body have conformed to each other to make your mind finally be at ease. Your breathing is long and deep, and occasionally loud. Sleep isn’t always pretty looking, but it is one of the few times where you feel completely comfortable. Then your alarm goes off, your eyes shoot open from the interruption of your blissful state and upon waking you grumble and emerge from the depths of slumber as a hulking, bleary-eyed entity not too dissimilar from those described in the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
I’ve been looking forward to heading back to Philly for a long time now. If you’ve read some of my past posts I make mention to alma mater, Hussian School of Art, a great deal. I was in one of the last classes to graduate before they changed owners. My time in Philadelphia taught me what I wanted in my professional career as a designer. I discovered AIGA and started participating in their meetings. Philadelphia also offered me the chance of a lifetime to live with students and interns from all over the world when I stayed at International House of Philadelphia in University City. My mentor, Dave Stencler, and his wife Ivy have a really cool place just on the cusp of South Philly and Old City. I always look forward to getting together with them and talking projects and trends, work and life. Read more