Happy Tails. Happy Client.

Check out new logo development for Happy Tails Canine Cuisine. It’s a “Healthy Homemade Treat and Topping” for all your beloved pooches. Thanks to Bill Laird, consummate Illustrator, for making that doggie look well-rounded and fed! If you like it, please like it below…and share with your friends!


One talented photographer!

Gina Irizzary, Portrait Photographer

Thinking of portrait gifts for the holidays? My good friend and photographer, Gina Irizarry does it all! Check out her portraits. And, if you like her work, please spread the news. Thanks!

Is mentoring a thing of the past?

Thankfully I have the pleasure of working with a bunch of colleagues that like to push the envelope on design…and that means pushing me to produce the best design to fill my client’s needs. But what about up and coming artists? It used to be that you gave back to your industry. When the tide came in, all ships rode the wave. I don’t see it happening in today’s market. An article at Fast Company, “Stumbling Up the Ladder: Ad Agencies Neglect their Brightest Prospects”, provides some interesting food for thought on the subject.

If you’ve got a story about training in your industry or lack thereof, leave a comment below and let me know about it. If you like this article…like it! Share it with your friends—send it around!

Image: Flickr user vkx462

“Are you too old to do what you love?”

I absolutely love providing creative services that get results; and I’m very fortunate to know and enjoy what I do. Have I missed opportunities? Sure. I had an opportunity for a free ride back to college, but I thought I was too old. When I look back I want to smack myself on the head. If I only knew back then what I do now! It really is never too late to learn.

That’s why I think Marie Forleo’s video is so timely for many people. She gives some great examples of people hitting their stride in their later years. She’s fun to watch too! So check out her Q&A Tuesday video below, “Are you too old to do what you love?”.

I’d love to hear your story, so write a comment below. And if you like this post, please share it. Thanks so much for reading and watching!

Anamorphic Typography

Pretty cool example of anamorphic typography. Although a pretty simple process, its finding the right location that makes it work so well…and, I think these guys succeeded. Love the way it grabs you unexpectedly. Created by 2 college students, Joseph Egan and Hunter Thomson, from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, UK. Installation is at the college. The first half of the clip is definitely worth the watch. I tell you, there’s genius in creativity.

An idea worth spreading.

“Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success; you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.” —Viktore E. Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning. An Introduction to Logotherapy”.

Viktore E. Frankl, a neurologist and psychiatrist, pioneered a new approach to psychotherapy that focuses on man’s search for meaning. By quoting his work here, I hope that it feeds your heart and soul like it has mine—a true inspiration!

Some food for thought on the creative battlefield.

As creative people, I think most of us are our own worst enemies. That is, of course, unless you are full of confidence and play to the market. If that’s the case, there’s no need to read any further. I’m talking about doing the work for work’s sake.

I’ve always been inspired by people that are passionate by what they do. Case in point, I recently heard Eryn Shewell and her band live. It never ceases to amaze me the passion behind the voice. Eryn’s collaborator, guitarist Pat Ruh, is astonishing to watch. You can actually see him enter the zone. It’s like there’s no one else in the room except the man and his guitar and what comes from his soul. He doesn’t play to the room, he plays for his Muse. Hearing Eryn Shewell and her band live, one witnesses how inspiration touches talent and gives birth to truth and beauty.

I know this might be met with skepticism by some, but have you ever wondered how inspiration will sometimes come from out of the blue. I have always held the belief that hard work garners results. And, the most important thing about art is the work. Resistance and procrastination create a constant battlefield, but when we make the decision to do the work and become a pro, providence does step in. And, when we do the work, we pay homage to the holiest ghost I know…the creative imagination.

For inspiration, check out Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle. It is an engaging and practical guide for succeeding in a creative environment. It identifies the internal enemy and how to conquer it; setting a path for success. If you’ve read the book, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts, so leave a comment below!

Get inspired with the Color Scheme Designer!

The Color Scheme Designer is a handy and useful website for designing with color. Created by Petr Stanicek, a professional web designer and online application programmer from the Czech Republic.

Since this site works with web-based colors, you will be using a six-digit number referred to as a hex triplet. You can select a color on the wheel or input the primary RGB value. Enabling “show text” will also give you a preview of how copy appears on the color backgrounds. See screen shot below.


Now, the fun begins. Explore the complementary, triad, tetrad, analogic and accented analogic color models. It’s very handy to enable “Show Tooltips” under “Help” in the menu for an explanation of these color models. There’s also an “Adjust Scheme” palette for hues, saturation, brightness and contrast. I especially like viewing web page examples of selected colors with the option of choosing a light or dark page. There’s even a “Vision Simulation” option for color vision deficiencies. But, the biggest payoff is the ability to export your color scheme in various formats for real life application.

Bottom line, it’s nice to see real-time results of color schemes before creating a design. A great site for designing with color whether it be for websites, interior design, fashion design or just plain old inspiration.

So check it out at http://colorschemedesigner.com and get inspired! If you’ve used this tool, I would love to hear how it’s worked for you. Leave a comment below!

A special shout out to Bradford Stevens of New Jersey Creative Professionals and O2 Marketing for sharing this tool.

Creativity is everywhere!

Bridesmaid for hire—a very creative blog for the bride and groom to be! I know the subject has been tried before, but I get a sense of passion behind the actions. I love it when people do the things they love. Check it out.

My kind of town—B Town is!

Recently developed logo comps and final for B-Town American Bistro & Cáfe in Branson, Missouri. I’m liking the iconic look of the final logo. What do you think?

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