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A Work In Progress – Doing Muscles

A Work In Progress – Doing Muscles

2020 was a good-for-nothing hellscape of madness. But in every dark time, there are good things to celebrate. During quarantine I created Doing Muscles, a fitness motivation brand that allowed me to channel my anxieties into exercise, charity T-Shirt designs, and...

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Amazon and Comixology collide with disastrous design results

Digital comic book lovers are in a very justifiable tizzy. Amazon and ComiXology are now one. Actually, let me be more colorful. Amazon ate ComiXology and pooped out a crApp that currently pales compared to the original ComiXology experience. User digital comic book...

How to build a brand and community simultaneously

How to build a brand and community simultaneously

I am a community manager (for lack of a better term) for a group of parents who love playing Destiny 2. It's called Dadstiny and it's a subgroup of The Dad on Facebook. When I pitched and ultimately created the group, I didn't think three years on I would still be...

The typographic simplicity of Control

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjmZejLUSQE The typographic simplicity of Control: Design Behind The Mask Can we touch on the typographic simplicity of the fantastic game Control? The video game developed by Remedy Entertainment centers around a shadowy government...

Are graphic design degrees worth it?

Let's answer the question, "are graphic design degrees worth it?" I graduated way back in 2004 (I think) with a BA in Graphic Design. Long before that, I operated as a creative services agent. I worked design jobs with public relations firms and design agencies before...

Hue_Mun, A Brand Of Adequate Excellence

Say hi to Hue_Mun! Some of my weirdest ideas come from conversations with other strange people. One such person is Sasha Khan, co-founder of Jetsyt. We concocted a beauty brand for pretty people who could care less during one of our excellent, random conversations....

Xbox, Please check your line widths

A friend of mine asked me to review the title type of his upcoming book. I pointed out some crazy kerning issues and gave a few pointers on how to layout the title. After a moment, he responded with "Now I will never not see those space issues." To which I said,...

A guide to hiring the right designer for your project

Finding a creative partner Finding a designer is easy. Super easy in fact. Countless creative institutions (such as my alma-mater School of Visual Arts) are in the business of sculpting a writhing, roiling heap of creative thinkers and designers. If you have a project...

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Greenbelt Conservancy rebrand exercise went well

Greenbelt Conservancy rebrand exercise went well

A good friend of mine mentioned he was participating in a logo competition for the Greenbelt Conservancy in Staten Island. I took this as an opportunity to stretch my branding muscles and create a quick brand refresh. This is purely an exercise and in no way...

ToDo Lists In Design Apps Need To Be A Thing

ToDo Lists In Design Apps Need To Be A Thing

I had a "Why isn't this a thing" moment earlier today while familiarizing myself with Adobe XD (Always Be Learning). I found a plugin for the app that installs a ToDo list into XD. Why isn't this just built into every design app ever? The number of times I could've...

Brainstorming a Battle Royale Game with Zombies

Brainstorming a Battle Royale Game with Zombies

With the announcement of Back 4 Blood, my love of zombie co-op games have spawned yet another game idea. I used to co-host a podcast called Gamify with a buddy, Justin Jordan. On it we thought up viable video game ideas based on general topics. Some were based on...

Netflix, add fitness programs please

Netflix, add fitness programs please

Who doesn't have Netflix? There are 139.26 million Netflix accounts worldwide according to their Q4 newsletter. I can't fathom the hours of endless scrolling leading to sleep these accounts have accumulated. The value of this streaming model can't be denied. I have it...

It’s for Our Sake Batman Always Wins

It’s for Our Sake Batman Always Wins

Who would win in a fight? Batman or some really powerful meta-being? It’s a question that has plagued mankind since an old Bruce Wayne plugged himself into the Gotham power grid and punched Superman a whole bunch in The Dark Knight Returns. Bruce came out the other...

Design products for the end user, not the stakeholders

Design products for the end user, not the stakeholders

Design is an extremely subjective field. Everyone has an aesthetic preference, so everyone has an opinion on what is good or bad design. Especially when one is designing products or brands. If you check the comments of the Under Consideration blog Brand New, design...

WWE ratings are bad, but there is hope in the Network

WWE ratings are bad, but there is hope in the Network

WWE ratings are bad. They have resorted to cutting back on Youtube content to drive fans to watch the shows live. In the age of streaming and digital content, it is counterproductive to lean so heavily into delivering your programming on cable tv. Currently, you can...

Bray Wyatt is the Creepy Mr. Rogers and I’m In

Bray Wyatt is the Creepy Mr. Rogers and I’m In

For the uninitiated, Bray Wyatt is am amazing creative talent in the WWE. He returned on WWE RAW this past Monday after a lengthy hiatus (he became a daddy!). Bray's return is enough to draw some groans from fans. Not because they don't like Bray. Quite the opposite,...

A creative career as a Sneakerhead

A creative career as a Sneakerhead

Countless (unless there is a sneaker census I know nothing about) men and women, young and old, would consider themselves a "Sneakerhead." Also known as a person fully engrossed in sneaker culture. I knew a man who walked with old Metro Cards in his shows to keep the...

Kevin Conroy Is the Best Batman. Period.

Kevin Conroy Is the Best Batman. Period.

Update: Now Mr. Conroy has completely the prophecy and played a live action Bruce Wayne. All thanks to the Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover special (woof, that's a long title). Kevin donned a Kingdom Come style exoskeleton and slipped into the house...

Miami Heat branding embraces the 80’s

Miami Heat branding embraces the 80’s

The new Miami Heat branding slapped me in the face with awesome. "Vice" is a bold new direction for the NBA franchise and I for one love it. The "Vice" branding is ripped right out of the 80's. These clean uniforms were designed in house by Brett Maurer. I tip my hat...

5 things I learned as a design manager

5 things I learned as a design manager

I never thought I would enjoy being a design manager as much as I do now. Going from the lone wolf designer to the person delegating work and guiding the creative vision was a stark change. I went through a lot of internal debate the moment I was managing my first...

5 Don’ts for your startup brand design

5 Don’ts for your startup brand design

Building a successful startup with a middle of the road brand starts you on the back foot immediately. If your startup brand design doesn't stand out from your competitor pool, if your differentiator(s) are obscure or non-existent, if your creative strategy is...

Creating A Battle Royale Video Game

Creating A Battle Royale Video Game

Battle Royale games are the new zombie games. For a time, every third game had you facing off against a ravenous horde of braindead bullet fodder. Today, however, battle royale games reign supreme. In these games, in case you are not away, you drop into an arena and...

5 simple ideas to reboot Toys R Us

5 simple ideas to reboot Toys R Us

Update: Looks like Toys R Us is planning a come back to North America. Via IGN, the brand management company WHP Global aims to open new Toys R Us locations ahead of the 2021 holiday season. Maybe they will take some cues from this article. Original: As my wife and I...

The Dora Milaje & The Women of Wakanda

The Dora Milaje & The Women of Wakanda

Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation in the Marvel Universe. Yet its citizens suffer constant oppression at the hands of foreign invaders such as Namor, the Atlantean king. T’Challa, the Black Panther, splits his time between ruling Wakanda and being...

Creating Shirt Shirt, The T-Shirt Brand

Creating Shirt Shirt, The T-Shirt Brand

Creating a t-shirt brand from scratch is a fun way to explore silly ideas you didn't know you wanted to build. For years I struggled with what simple idea could I turn into a line of clothing. The countless number of shirt design mockup filling old HDDs is staggering....

Web Designer or UX/UI Designer

Web Designer or UX/UI Designer

Maybe its nostalgia, but I came up as a Web Designer, and I don't see that title enough these days. Better yet, I don't see a title that is as al-encompassing as Web Designer was. Today, many designers solely focus on very specific subsets of that all-encompassing...

Custom PC Build – One Year Later

Custom PC Build – One Year Later

Just don't be stupid on what you DL and you're fine. - PC Guru Sean That is valid advice in a day and age when being stupid is easy and celebrated. It was in direct response to a question I had about anti-virus software for my soon-to-be-built custom PC. I suggested...

Trading Cards Changed My Life

Trading Cards Changed My Life

Original article published on Fandom: Trading Cards Opened Me Up to a Whole New World Trading cards began it all At the age of 6, my wonderful mother handed a small, white, cardboard box. I was given no instructions as to what was inside, and the only indication that...

Old Man Logan & 8 Old Variants Of Popular Characters

Old Man Logan & 8 Old Variants Of Popular Characters

How effective do you think you will be at 60? How about 80? 180? Superheroes and the villains they fight seem to be getting older and older with each passing issue. Despite all their abilities,  they can not beat time. Old Man Logan proves, as our favorite characters...

Who Can Take Down Cersei, The Mad Queen?

Who Can Take Down Cersei, The Mad Queen?

Who doesn’t love Cersei? Manipulative, cunning, powerful, and unyielding, whenever she is on screen, you wince, just a tad. From her beginnings as Robert Baratheon‘s Queen to her rise to Ruler, we are always left wondering what terrible plot she plans to devise next....