Monthly Archives: June 2010

I've known Kristina for probably 5 years and it was a pleasure to design her wedding invitations!

The script typeface is called 'Buttermilk' and I purchased it from a great illustrator/type designer named Jessica Hische.

The swirls were customized from an original set of 'swirls' I had. The secondary typeface used for body copy is Baskerville Old Face. It seemed to go well with the elegance of Buttermilk

Looking at St. Louis from under the Arch

So I just saw a facebook status update from Gary Vaynerchuk, who I respect as an entrepreneur. But is having a design contest to design his next book cover. He specifically says it’s not spec work, because the winner will be paid. You are correct, it’s not spec work for the winner, but what about the other hundred designers who send you a cover idea? They aren’t getting paid and aren’t under contract with you.

Here’s his video introduction to the contest.

Here was my comment on his facebook status update:

There are so many comparisons I could have used, even one that would hit home with him. How about I ask multiple stores that sell wine to send me a bunch of free wine. I’ll drink it all in the next month and the one that I like the most… I’ll pay for. The rest, I’ll just send a thank you card to.

Or I could ask my dentist, who says I need a tooth removed, to remove it and if I like what he did, I’ll pay him, but if not, I won’t pay him.

UPDATE: A lot of people responded to me, so I responded to them and have posted the thread below. What do you all think about spec work?


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A few a weeks ago, Rebecca and I headed to St. Louis for Krys’ wedding (I designed her wedding program/invites/etc – those will be posted soon!)

While we were there I got to go to the top of the Arch for the first time. I snapped a few pictures to later merge into a panoramic. I read in Scott Kelby‘s Digital Photography book that Photoshop has an ‘auto-merge’ option for creating panoramic photos. It worked beautifully, minus a few sky exposure inconsistencies and just a bit of choppy stitched edges that I cloned out.

For this image, I ended up repainting a consistent blue sky. To see the original, unedited sky, check my twitpic out here

I can’t wait to get my 21″ x 7″ print to come in so I can frame it. If you anyone is interested in purchasing a print, email stephen[at]creativeimprov.com (where [at] is the @ sign)