Seattle City Flag Redesign

In the spirit of two of my favorite podcasts, Hello Internet and 99 Percent Invisible, I decided to redesign the Seattle city flag. Seattle’s current flag was designed by councilman Paul Kraabel for the Goodwill Games. Both Mr. Kraabel and the Goodwill Games are a bit before my time, but I always have time for … Continued

Street Art in Cleveland: A Season for Change

I saw this urban mural near Detroit Ave. on a recent visit to Cleveland, Ohio. Google image search didn’t lead me to the artist, so I am not sure who to credit. I did find images of the almost complete colorful street mural, references to this Walt Whitman poem, and that it was commissioned by Cleveland Public Theatre. … Continued

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. —Milton Glaser

DIY Platform Bed

When we need a new piece of furniture I often try to make a project out of it. This is because I’m cheap and I need to make something outside of a computer occasionally. When we upgraded our bed to a California King I decided I would make the platform for the new foam mattress. The … Continued

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5 Tips for Hiring and Working with a Graphic Designer

You are Ready to do Great Things with your Business You know first impressions matter. You are ready to hire a design professional to visualize your brand. This article is written for you. It is a quick guide to hiring and working with designers. These tips will help your process go smoothly. 1. Make a … Continued

Austin Kleon: Showing Your Work is an Act of Generosity.

  In 2012, artist and writer Austin Kleon gave us Steal Like an Artist. Now he brings us Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, described as “a book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion.” He stopped by Seattle’s Town Hall on his book release tour and charmed us … Continued

Candid Intimate Portraits of Sleeping Parents-to-Be

Russian photographer Jana Romanova’s series called “Waiting” is simply stunning. Each image quickly pulls the viewer into the couples bedroom, into their lives. The series portrays young pregnant Russian couples sleeping in the early morning hours. Jana describes it as “the time when people don’t really care about their appearance, being natural. They are preparing … Continued

Book Review: Manage Your Day

“Only by taking charge of your day-to-day can you truly make an impact in what matters most to you. I urge you to build a better routine by stepping outside of it, find your focus by rising above the constant cacophony, and sharpen your creative prowess by analyzing what really matters most when it comes … Continued

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Capsized boat art, entitled “Love love” A fantastic piece of art from artist Julien Berthier. It is the perfect vessel if you love people speeding towards you and asking “Do you need any help?”. So good I wish I thought of it first.

The Incredible Crocheted World of Olek

olimpius nr 1, © olek I recently discovered the Polish Artist Olek and I love her colorful, thought-provoking installations. Olek herself says about her work:”I think crochet, the way I create it, is a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and its systems and psychology. The connections are stronger as one fabric … Continued

Typeface Winner #1 Glober

I love using the classics—Helvetica, Frutiger, Gill Sans, Garamond,, etc.—but I need typefaces that are designed for print AND the screen. Many of the classics are not available for web use. I want typefaces optimized for screen readability and legibility. Whenever I am starting a new identity or logo design project, I keep in mind … Continued