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HOW Magazine: Live a Double Creative Life

Employers, clients, you name it – everyone wants a jack-of-all-trades creative (read: someone insanely talented with octopus arms that can do 25 jobs in one afternoon and barely break a sweat). We all know those expectations are absurd and can

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HOW Magazine: Live a Double Creative Life

Employers, clients, you name it – everyone wants a jack-of-all-trades creative (read: someone insanely talented with octopus arms that can do 25 jobs in one afternoon and barely break a sweat). We all know those expectations are absurd and can

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Communication Arts: So…How Do Virtual Creative Agencies Work?

For an industry built around forward-thinking ideas and a universe of inventive minds, you’d think someone would’ve reimagined the traditional creative firm long ago. Sure, offices have gotten facelifts, spaces are more open and cubicle walls have been lowered. But

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Communication Arts: So…How Do Virtual Creative Agencies Work?

For an industry built around forward-thinking ideas and a universe of inventive minds, you’d think someone would’ve reimagined the traditional creative firm long ago. Sure, offices have gotten facelifts, spaces are more open and cubicle walls have been lowered. But

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Entrepreneur Magazine: Eye-Popping Branding

How do you communicate quality and craftsmanship through branding when those attributes have been so over-touted (and under-realized) they’ve lost virtually all meaning to consumers? Check out my article below on how San Francisco-based Chen Design Associates helped startup The Brownie

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Entrepreneur Magazine: Eye-Popping Branding

How do you communicate quality and craftsmanship through branding when those attributes have been so over-touted (and under-realized) they’ve lost virtually all meaning to consumers? Check out my article below on how San Francisco-based Chen Design Associates helped startup The Brownie

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Entrepreneur Magazine: Branding at Work

From drab cubicles and cardboard curtains to game rooms and concert stages, startup offices runs the gamut from bare-bones to over-the-top-perks. But if the look doesn’t jibe with your company’s brand, you may be missing out on a valuable opportunity

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Entrepreneur Magazine: Branding at Work

From drab cubicles and cardboard curtains to game rooms and concert stages, startup offices runs the gamut from bare-bones to over-the-top-perks. But if the look doesn’t jibe with your company’s brand, you may be missing out on a valuable opportunity

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Communication Arts Magazine: Design Book Reviews

For the latest issue of Communication Arts Magazine, I was invited to review two awesome books. The first is Game Changers, a mammoth retrospective highlighting the creative rebels that evolved advertising from the 1950s to today. The second is Loveworks, an insightful book chock full

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Communication Arts Magazine: Design Book Reviews

For the latest issue of Communication Arts Magazine, I was invited to review two awesome books. The first is Game Changers, a mammoth retrospective highlighting the creative rebels that evolved advertising from the 1950s to today. The second is Loveworks, an insightful book chock full

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Entrepreneur Magazine: Refinery29 Gets A Branding Makeover

Everyone can use a makeover now and again – even a super stylish site like Refinery29. For the November issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, I talk all things design with Refinery29 founder Justin Stefano along with the brand wizards at Wolff Olins

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Entrepreneur Magazine: Refinery29 Gets A Branding Makeover

Everyone can use a makeover now and again – even a super stylish site like Refinery29. For the November issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, I talk all things design with Refinery29 founder Justin Stefano along with the brand wizards at Wolff Olins

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Entrepreneur Magazine: The Whitney’s Responsive Identity & Pentagram Packaging

For the October issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, I chat up Amsterdam graphic design firm Experimental Jetset and the Whitney Museum on the making of the institution’s new identity. I also had the awesome opportunity to kick-off the magazine’s first “Packaging of The Month”

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Entrepreneur Magazine: The Whitney’s Responsive Identity & Pentagram Packaging

For the October issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, I chat up Amsterdam graphic design firm Experimental Jetset and the Whitney Museum on the making of the institution’s new identity. I also had the awesome opportunity to kick-off the magazine’s first “Packaging of The Month”

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Communication Arts: Book Review

For the latest issue of Communication Arts (one of my favorite design magazines ever!), I had the awesome opportunity to review design editor Mason Currey’s new blog-turned-book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, which snapshots the daily routines and habits of over

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Communication Arts: Book Review

For the latest issue of Communication Arts (one of my favorite design magazines ever!), I had the awesome opportunity to review design editor Mason Currey’s new blog-turned-book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, which snapshots the daily routines and habits of over

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Entrepreneur Magazine: A Site That Goes Down Smooth

Super excited to share my first (of many!) design articles for Entrepreneur Magazine! It’s about D.C. creative firm Design Army’s awesome web design for Green Hat Gin. CHECK OUT MY ARTICLE BELOW! (p.s. Got a design story to share on how your

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Entrepreneur Magazine: A Site That Goes Down Smooth

Super excited to share my first (of many!) design articles for Entrepreneur Magazine! It’s about D.C. creative firm Design Army’s awesome web design for Green Hat Gin. CHECK OUT MY ARTICLE BELOW! (p.s. Got a design story to share on how your

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Dwell Article: A Seaside Art Hotel in Los Cabos

Besides white-sand beaches and warm weather, creative geeks have a new reason to head to Los Cabos. Hotel El Ganzo is a newly opened modern design escape set on a quiet marina in Puerto Los Cabos, the less-developed neighbor to

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Dwell Article: A Seaside Art Hotel in Los Cabos

Besides white-sand beaches and warm weather, creative geeks have a new reason to head to Los Cabos. Hotel El Ganzo is a newly opened modern design escape set on a quiet marina in Puerto Los Cabos, the less-developed neighbor to

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Dwell Article: A Modern Desert Retreat In New Mexico

On the edge of the Sangre de Cristo foothills, Rancho Encantado is a modernist hideaway tucked within New Mexico’s Tesuque Valley. Once a decades-old dude ranch, newly reinvented as a Four Seasons, the retreat was designed to preserve and embrace its

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Dwell Article: A Modern Desert Retreat In New Mexico

On the edge of the Sangre de Cristo foothills, Rancho Encantado is a modernist hideaway tucked within New Mexico’s Tesuque Valley. Once a decades-old dude ranch, newly reinvented as a Four Seasons, the retreat was designed to preserve and embrace its

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CNN Travel Article: America’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

When the humidity is off the charts and temps are sky-high, there’s nothing like taking a quick dip to cool off. But throw in jaw-dropping views, insane settings, and ingenious design – and the pool is more than just a

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CNN Travel Article: America’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

When the humidity is off the charts and temps are sky-high, there’s nothing like taking a quick dip to cool off. But throw in jaw-dropping views, insane settings, and ingenious design – and the pool is more than just a

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Conde Nast Traveler Article: Jazzed Up

In the February 2013 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, I write about the world’s first free-standing building dedicated entirely to jazz, San Francisco’s just-opened SFJAZZ Center. It was an honor and a thrill to interview architect Mark Cavagnero, artistic director

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Conde Nast Traveler Article: Jazzed Up

In the February 2013 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, I write about the world’s first free-standing building dedicated entirely to jazz, San Francisco’s just-opened SFJAZZ Center. It was an honor and a thrill to interview architect Mark Cavagnero, artistic director

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California Home+Design article: SF Creatives Turn Literary Classics Into Poster Art

When writing is good (like insanely good) – it’s art. The problem? You can’t exactly frame your favorite reads without wallpapering every inch of your abode. Enter SF-based Matt Grinberg’s and Alex Yancher’s NovelPoster – entire literary works printed on a single

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California Home+Design article: SF Creatives Turn Literary Classics Into Poster Art

When writing is good (like insanely good) – it’s art. The problem? You can’t exactly frame your favorite reads without wallpapering every inch of your abode. Enter SF-based Matt Grinberg’s and Alex Yancher’s NovelPoster – entire literary works printed on a single

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Mention in California Home+Design!

One of my favorite pubs to write for is California Home+Design - where I weekly blog about my latest San Francisco design obsession from architecture, interiors, and products to emerging artists and must-see gallery openings. So I couldn’t be more stoked to

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Mention in California Home+Design!

One of my favorite pubs to write for is California Home+Design - where I weekly blog about my latest San Francisco design obsession from architecture, interiors, and products to emerging artists and must-see gallery openings. So I couldn’t be more stoked to

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Communication Arts Magazine: Design Book Reviews

For the latest issue of Communication Arts, I had the awesome opportunity to review two stellar design books dripping with creative inspiration: Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design and Paula Scher MAPS. Check out the reviews below (click image

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Communication Arts Magazine: Design Book Reviews

For the latest issue of Communication Arts, I had the awesome opportunity to review two stellar design books dripping with creative inspiration: Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design and Paula Scher MAPS. Check out the reviews below (click image

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Print Magazine Article: License Plates Turned Into Coolest Design Invitation

How do you know when you’ve officially “made it” as a designer? Forget winning prestigious design awards, having your work featured in coveted magazines, or even scoring the biggest clients. We’re talking license plates, baby! In a wild attempt to woo designer/typographer Jessica

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Print Magazine Article: License Plates Turned Into Coolest Design Invitation

How do you know when you’ve officially “made it” as a designer? Forget winning prestigious design awards, having your work featured in coveted magazines, or even scoring the biggest clients. We’re talking license plates, baby! In a wild attempt to woo designer/typographer Jessica

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PRINT Magazine Article – Book Review of Vogue: The Covers

Strike a pose – specifically, a comfy reading position. As we ring in the New Year, iconic magazine Vogue invites us to look back on 120-years of style with their luxe coffee table archive, “Vogue: The Covers.” And just as crazy-excited “Sex and the

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PRINT Magazine Article – Book Review of Vogue: The Covers

Strike a pose – specifically, a comfy reading position. As we ring in the New Year, iconic magazine Vogue invites us to look back on 120-years of style with their luxe coffee table archive, “Vogue: The Covers.” And just as crazy-excited “Sex and the

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PRINT Magazine Article – Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer

We all have that one person we’d love to work with — that dream creative collaborator. Well, imagine you’ve just been assigned to work with the Edward Gorey. Holy cannoli — that would be insane! And not only is it the most

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PRINT Magazine Article – Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer

We all have that one person we’d love to work with — that dream creative collaborator. Well, imagine you’ve just been assigned to work with the Edward Gorey. Holy cannoli — that would be insane! And not only is it the most

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HOW Magazine Article: Designer’s Self-Promo Lands him TV Cameo

It’s not every day that a graphic designer makes a cameo on a hit series on a major television network. But for one surreal day this past summer, Ty Mattson of Mattson Creative swapped his designer tools for a gun, flashlight, notebook,

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HOW Magazine Article: Designer’s Self-Promo Lands him TV Cameo

It’s not every day that a graphic designer makes a cameo on a hit series on a major television network. But for one surreal day this past summer, Ty Mattson of Mattson Creative swapped his designer tools for a gun, flashlight, notebook,

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Design Bureau article: 5 Designers / 5 Questions

In the November 2011 issue of Design Bureau Magazine, I continue my 5 Designers/ 5 Questions column. Dishing with some of the industry’s coolest restaurant designers, I interview Christian Helms, Karen Herold, AvroKO, and Cass Calder Smith to see what’s cookin’ in their wildly

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Design Bureau article: 5 Designers / 5 Questions

In the November 2011 issue of Design Bureau Magazine, I continue my 5 Designers/ 5 Questions column. Dishing with some of the industry’s coolest restaurant designers, I interview Christian Helms, Karen Herold, AvroKO, and Cass Calder Smith to see what’s cookin’ in their wildly

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HOW Magazine Article: Designing to Your Own Beat

If aliens from outer space came to Earth seeking to understand graphic design culture, they would no doubt discover an overabundance of well-worn earphones and speakers next to some very cool, creative work. In fact, from design studios to home

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HOW Magazine Article: Designing to Your Own Beat

If aliens from outer space came to Earth seeking to understand graphic design culture, they would no doubt discover an overabundance of well-worn earphones and speakers next to some very cool, creative work. In fact, from design studios to home

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Print Magazine Article: Design Celebrating the First 2000 Years of Computing

As the world looks back on the outstanding innovations Steve Jobs gifted our society, a small San Francisco-based design firm knows first-hand just how far we’ve come tech-wise. Creative Directors Erik Schmitt and Julio Martínez of studio1500 have spent the last three

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Print Magazine Article: Design Celebrating the First 2000 Years of Computing

As the world looks back on the outstanding innovations Steve Jobs gifted our society, a small San Francisco-based design firm knows first-hand just how far we’ve come tech-wise. Creative Directors Erik Schmitt and Julio Martínez of studio1500 have spent the last three

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T Magazine Article: Houdini Art and Magic Exhibition

When it comes to unshackling the imagination, there’s no artist like an escape artist. And Harry Houdini is getting his due with “Houdini: Art and Magic,” the first major retrospective devoted to his life and work, at San Francisco’s Contemporary

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T Magazine Article: Houdini Art and Magic Exhibition

When it comes to unshackling the imagination, there’s no artist like an escape artist. And Harry Houdini is getting his due with “Houdini: Art and Magic,” the first major retrospective devoted to his life and work, at San Francisco’s Contemporary

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HOW Magazine Article: The Daily Taps into the Future of Design

There’s something so new and super-cool happening in the world of design–but shocker-of-shockers–it’s not happening in the webosphere. It’s exploding on the iPad. The Daily, a magazine-meets-newspaper-meets-the most wow-worthy technology, is taking design to some crazy new heights. Although you can

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HOW Magazine Article: The Daily Taps into the Future of Design

There’s something so new and super-cool happening in the world of design–but shocker-of-shockers–it’s not happening in the webosphere. It’s exploding on the iPad. The Daily, a magazine-meets-newspaper-meets-the most wow-worthy technology, is taking design to some crazy new heights. Although you can

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7×7 Article – Bay Area Designer Brian Singer Turns SF’s Telephone Poles into Art for Target

From the Bay to the Golden Gate to its awe-inspiring scenery, San Francisco is famed for its stunning beauty. But when graphic designer/artist Brian Singer moved to SF in 2000, he fell head-over-heels for the city’s–telephone poles. “I found them beautiful… layers

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7×7 Article – Bay Area Designer Brian Singer Turns SF’s Telephone Poles into Art for Target

From the Bay to the Golden Gate to its awe-inspiring scenery, San Francisco is famed for its stunning beauty. But when graphic designer/artist Brian Singer moved to SF in 2000, he fell head-over-heels for the city’s–telephone poles. “I found them beautiful… layers

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Print Mag Article: Design Pros Share Highlights of Brand New Conference 2011

Design enthusiasts from around the world gathered in San Francisco on September 16th for the 2nd annual Brand New Conference – the logo and identity event hatched from Bryony Gomez-Palacio’s and Armin Vit’s wildly popular Brand New blog. Eager to peek into the brand-making process by industry trailblazers

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Print Mag Article: Design Pros Share Highlights of Brand New Conference 2011

Design enthusiasts from around the world gathered in San Francisco on September 16th for the 2nd annual Brand New Conference – the logo and identity event hatched from Bryony Gomez-Palacio’s and Armin Vit’s wildly popular Brand New blog. Eager to peek into the brand-making process by industry trailblazers

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Print Mag Article: Deep Surface: A New Exhibition Celebrating Ornament and Pattern Design

Ornament and pattern design – love it or hate it, the style debate rages on. Whether you dig decorative flourishes or vote anti-adornment on all things design, one thing is clear – the fanciful aesthetic has developed a bad rep. Name-called everything

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Print Mag Article: Deep Surface: A New Exhibition Celebrating Ornament and Pattern Design

Ornament and pattern design – love it or hate it, the style debate rages on. Whether you dig decorative flourishes or vote anti-adornment on all things design, one thing is clear – the fanciful aesthetic has developed a bad rep. Name-called everything

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Communication Arts Magazine: A Retail Shop That Sells – Digital Typefaces?

Can the process of buying digital typefaces be any less inspired? There’s just nothing inherently exciting, creative, or cool about it. You purchase, download, and install. Whoop-de-do. Sure, online font shops are an undeniably fantastic resource for designers, but for

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Communication Arts Magazine: A Retail Shop That Sells – Digital Typefaces?

Can the process of buying digital typefaces be any less inspired? There’s just nothing inherently exciting, creative, or cool about it. You purchase, download, and install. Whoop-de-do. Sure, online font shops are an undeniably fantastic resource for designers, but for

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Design Bureau article: 5 Designers / 5 Questions

In the September/October 2011 issue of Design Bureau Magazine, I continue my 5 Designers/ 5 Questions column tapping the creative minds of the judging panel for Chicago’s Archive11 student typography event. Interviewing the industry’s coolest designers–Stefan Bucher, James Goggin, Robert Petrick, Paul

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Design Bureau article: 5 Designers / 5 Questions

In the September/October 2011 issue of Design Bureau Magazine, I continue my 5 Designers/ 5 Questions column tapping the creative minds of the judging panel for Chicago’s Archive11 student typography event. Interviewing the industry’s coolest designers–Stefan Bucher, James Goggin, Robert Petrick, Paul

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Print Mag Article: How to Self-Publish a Typography Book Without Losing Your Letters

If you ask any graphic design student at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University to name his/her most-faved teachers, Typography 2 instructor Carolina de Bartolo will no doubt pop up in the mix. In fact, it was with her students’ encouragement (and

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Print Mag Article: How to Self-Publish a Typography Book Without Losing Your Letters

If you ask any graphic design student at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University to name his/her most-faved teachers, Typography 2 instructor Carolina de Bartolo will no doubt pop up in the mix. In fact, it was with her students’ encouragement (and

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Print Mag Article: The Greatest Graphic Design Show on Earth

Pack up your pixels and don’t forget your fishing pole – we’re headed to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This October 22nd, Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center is presenting Graphic Design: Now in Production, one of the largest graphic design exhibitions in the

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Print Mag Article: The Greatest Graphic Design Show on Earth

Pack up your pixels and don’t forget your fishing pole – we’re headed to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This October 22nd, Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center is presenting Graphic Design: Now in Production, one of the largest graphic design exhibitions in the

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HOW Magazine Article: The Rhythm of Design

Album art and CD packaging may be a dying breed (thanks to the rise of MP3s), but awesome music-inspired design projects are coming through the speakers loud and clear. In the September 2011 creativity column for HOW Magazine, I speak with

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HOW Magazine Article: The Rhythm of Design

Album art and CD packaging may be a dying breed (thanks to the rise of MP3s), but awesome music-inspired design projects are coming through the speakers loud and clear. In the September 2011 creativity column for HOW Magazine, I speak with

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T Magazine Article: Tattly’s Designer Tattoos

Have you ever had the desire to get the word “mother” tattooed on your forearm, but were more concerned about it being properly kerned in Helvetica than about how it would make your mother totally freak? Tattly, a new e-shop, features

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T Magazine Article: Tattly’s Designer Tattoos

Have you ever had the desire to get the word “mother” tattooed on your forearm, but were more concerned about it being properly kerned in Helvetica than about how it would make your mother totally freak? Tattly, a new e-shop, features

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T Magazine Article: Athletic Typography | Running Alphabet

The Spanish graphic designer Joan Pons Moll is creating a new typeface, but unlike most typographers, he’s doing so with his feet rather than a computer, and he’s slightly out of breath. Taking sneakers to pavement, Pons is planning to run

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T Magazine Article: Athletic Typography | Running Alphabet

The Spanish graphic designer Joan Pons Moll is creating a new typeface, but unlike most typographers, he’s doing so with his feet rather than a computer, and he’s slightly out of breath. Taking sneakers to pavement, Pons is planning to run

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Print Magazine Article: Jennifer Sterling is Back!

Thankfully, graphic designers are a bit too nerdy for the paparazzi. But had the snooping press hounds any clue into the talent’s of our industry’s rockstar creatives – Jennifer Sterling surely would have been one of their buzz-worthy targets when she

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Print Magazine Article: Jennifer Sterling is Back!

Thankfully, graphic designers are a bit too nerdy for the paparazzi. But had the snooping press hounds any clue into the talent’s of our industry’s rockstar creatives – Jennifer Sterling surely would have been one of their buzz-worthy targets when she

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Design Bureau Magazine: 5 Designers, 5 Questions

If you’re not familiar with Design Bureau Magazine, get to know them ASAP. Their fresh, edgy editorial spanning all fields of design from graphic to interior to fashion is deliriously inspiring. Plus, the design of the magazine itself rocks. In

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Design Bureau Magazine: 5 Designers, 5 Questions

If you’re not familiar with Design Bureau Magazine, get to know them ASAP. Their fresh, edgy editorial spanning all fields of design from graphic to interior to fashion is deliriously inspiring. Plus, the design of the magazine itself rocks. In

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Design Blogging for California Home+Design Magazine!

I absolutely love California Home+Design Magazine and I’m digging it even more with the recent editorial and design updates by new Executive Editor, Erin Feher. The publication is chock full of inspiring ideas for the home, profiles of creative folks,

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Design Blogging for California Home+Design Magazine!

I absolutely love California Home+Design Magazine and I’m digging it even more with the recent editorial and design updates by new Executive Editor, Erin Feher. The publication is chock full of inspiring ideas for the home, profiles of creative folks,

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Design Blogging Mention in Print Magazine!

One of my favorite “chill out” things to do is grab a stack of the latest and greatest design magazines and while away the hours reading the articles and being awed by the stellar work. Recently flipping through the June

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Design Blogging Mention in Print Magazine!

One of my favorite “chill out” things to do is grab a stack of the latest and greatest design magazines and while away the hours reading the articles and being awed by the stellar work. Recently flipping through the June

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HOW Magazine interview with designers Chip Kidd, Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, and Robynne Raye

I recently spoke with an extremely talented graphic designer who was struggling with a book cover design. She confided, “I’m starting to feel like I suck as a designer because I can’t figure out a solution to this problem.” “Oh,

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HOW Magazine interview with designers Chip Kidd, Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, and Robynne Raye

I recently spoke with an extremely talented graphic designer who was struggling with a book cover design. She confided, “I’m starting to feel like I suck as a designer because I can’t figure out a solution to this problem.” “Oh,

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