Sunday, September 15, 2013

I am shutting down the blog.

Adios, arrivederci, turn out the lights, lock up the doors!

I am leaving blogger......

and moving all my blogging to my website. This has been a long time coming and it makes a lot of sense for me.

It's a lot easier and it's best to keep people all in one place instead of bouncing all over the web.

Anyway, everything can be found at my site-

I look forward to seeing you there.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Business Card Design

As any artist knows, it can be hard to create something for someone with a specific vision in their mind and it's even harder when their vision is blurry. Allow me to explain.

"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

-Antoine De Saint-Exupery

I know what I want. 
How many designers out there have heard this before? Surprisingly, some people know exactly what they want, that’s great right? Well, not always. When a client knows what they want, however, they are unable to describe what they want to you, lots of time can be wasted.  

I have worked with someone who said, this is how I want it -they had a layout idea- I created exactly what they wanted it and they didn’t like it. I created a new version using some of their ideas and a few of my own and they didn’t like it. Then they said, "you know what , I guess I don’t know what I want”.  

There are also times, when a client is able to define how a design should look and things go very smooth for both parties and everyone is happy. These are few and far between.

If you are a designer and are considering buying a tablet to design with... I highly recommend it. I have had one for 4-5 years now and I can't even think of designing without it. Using the pen tablet has increased my productivity and has made me a more accurate designer, especially when I create vector graphics using Adobe Illustrator.

*Disclaimer- It does take a few weeks of steady use to get acclimated to your new pen tablet, but it is well worth the temporary frustration.


Blurred Lines. 
On the flip side, when someone doesn’t know what they want, I start with blank canvas and this is where I start to shine. Here I explore all the possibilities in a brain storming session, create a few samples and email my client the top designs. 

They critique my work, make a few suggestions and I alter the design to their new found vision. I make a few changes and the client is as happy as a pig in mud!

The other day I got a request to design business card in a hurry. My client knew what she wanted but needed some help bringing everything to life. I made a few samples and she wanted me to make some minor tweaks and I was done in about a half hour.  Designing for someone doesn’t always go this well, but it sure is great when it does.

Here's what the Business card looks like:

The Front

The Back 

The QR code was blurred out and the text was edited to keep my client anonymous.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below. If you need me to design you a business card or anything at all, feel free to send me an email.

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