Thoughts, musings or articles of interest to designers, artists, clients and the generally curious.


  • Portland: Land of NSN (Non-stop Networking)

    Portland: Land of NSN (Non-stop Networking)

    I’ve been in this town going on for four years now, and honestly, I can’t figure out how there are so many networking events in Portland. Does anyone actually hold down a job in this town?

  • Failure is the new success? Not in my world.

    Failure is the new success? Not in my world.

    Yet again, my inbox is full of a slew of notices to attend a design conference that features some hot shot designer touting the value of failure. I say it’s high time we stop that.

  • Five design elements that need to be banned

    Five design elements that need to be banned

    There are five design elements so overused in ads and other communications that they have lost all form of effectiveness. Read on to find out what those icons are and then stop using them.

  • Advice to a College Grad about the Design Biz

    Advice to a College Grad about the Design Biz

    I have seven points of advice for recent college grads in regards to getting into the graphic arts industry. The first one is get a speciality.

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