School of Podcasting Visual Identity

In July of 2011, it occurred to me to make for Dave Jackson a visual identity for his then-new School of Podcasting for his blog, and the iTunes directory “album art” for his main podcast. He thanked me for it, and offered in gratitude free membership in his School of Podcasting. It’s…
The Calligraphy Lesson

The Calligraphy Lesson

I’m a member of an international group that has a bit of fun with history, particularly the medieval European kind. We re-create the props and sets and costumes to have ourselves a little pageantry, and some of us enjoy honing our skills and diving deep into authenticity. I had a…
A Valentine Font

A Valentine Font

Here’s a Valentine’s Day font, still not a font in the software sense of the word, just in time for the holiday. (Hope it’s not too late.) I happened across this design when I was doodling one day, imagining a better logo for WordPress than their current W. So I…
I Keep Starting

I Keep Starting

Here I go, blogging yet again. As of this writing, the site isn’t even functioning properly. I belong to twice as many social networks as I made icons for, none of the website links in my portfolio work any more, and it looks terrible on a smartphone. Too bad. On…
Two for Tea: an Infographic Makeover

Two for Tea: an Infographic Makeover

This is the first in a long series of reviews of existing infographics as they’re released to the public, with my critique, observations, and suggestions. This way you’ll get a taste of my tastes, if you will. My remake of it appears below. I start this series with a look…

Sav-a-Tree Planting Infographic

It’s good to have a sister in a position to toss you work from time to time. When it came time for an infographic from Westchester, NY’s Sav-a-Tree showing their best advice on where and how to plant trees in in their customers’ yards, Luann O’Brien asked me, and I…

Graphic Tweeting

Twitter has unveiled some new opportunities for visual branding in a new asset, called the Header (think Facebook and Google+), that is uploaded once and appears on the “Me” page of your twitter.com site, the mobile browser site, and in Twitter-made mobile apps. Used to be (last week), you had…
Phonetic Alphabet

Phonetic Alphabet

Dealing with typography as long as I have, I can’t help but ponder the path from smudge on a paper (or clump of same-color pixels on a screen), to brain, to mouth, to ear. Languages that are offshoots of Latin and Greek use each smudge (glyph) to symbolize a single…
eBook: Embracing Twitter

eBook: Embracing Twitter

In the race for interactivity, the humble PDF is down, but not out. Actually, it’s not even down. The proof is the latest release from my new client, the Texas-yet-worldwide marketing consultancy Turning Minds. Titled Embracing Twitter…So It’ll Embrace You Back, editors Ben Henick (@bhenick) and Justin McCullough (@mccJustin) curate…
New Twitter Backgrounds: 2 Custom Areas

New Twitter Backgrounds: 2 Custom Areas

With the layout of the new Twitter page come new dimensions, new behaviors, and new ways of sneaking artwork-based information about yourself out from behind Twitter’s new content box. There are four measurements we can make right off the bat: A 42-pixel-high black bar across the top, containing Twitter’s logo,…
Making a Buck

Making a Buck

In an effort to jump-start the economy, a site called the Dollar Rede$ign Project wants to overhaul the branding strategy of the USA, starting with the currency. Graphic designers looking to make a name have taken a shot at it — from replacing wigged politicians with other people, to more…
Are WordPress Frameworks Crutches?

Are WordPress Frameworks Crutches?

On a scale of difficulty — one being checking email, ten being binary machine language — to me, WordPress is maybe a four, and trending downwards. It’s taken me a while to realize that, from my viewpoint as a freshman in the app. And by WordPress, I mean knowing enough…