Monthly Archives: January 2012

After meeting Rebecca, my wife, I soon got to meet her great family. Her grandpa enjoys working on sewing machines and has a really cool shop where he does his work. Rebecca and I were in his shop learning about different sewing machines he has and I realized that this would the perfect time to take some portraits. I wanted to capture a few portraits that showed the man in his realm – his workshop. The third photo really captures the moments we spent in his shop. Enjoy!

You can click on the images to enlarge them.

I’ve posted this photo on the blog already, but after seeing him perform again, I was compelled to make it black/white instead of color. Enjoy!

  • Married Rebecca, my beautiful wife
  • Began working from home once a week
  • Starting using a budget and paid off 6 debts using the Dave Ramsey ‘debt snowball’ plan
  • Grew Creative Improv 18% this year and 48% in the last 2 years
  • Continued to hone my photography skills (really understanding exposure, aperture, etc)
  • Grew my stock photography portfolios and began earning money from stock sales
  • Started selling audio files on AudioJungle – recordings of my saxophone playing – Check them out!
  • Featured in the Envato Graphic Designer Bundle (with this photo)
  • Featured in an interview on Envato Notes

A few years ago, Seth Godin challenged his readers to think about what they ‘shipped’ the previous year. So here’s what I ‘shipped’ in 2011 (and this doesn’t include my full-time job – just freelance work):

  • 81 stock photos
  • 10 websites
  • 7 HTML emails
  • 5 logos
  • 1 motion graphics piece (featured at a large tradeshow)

2011 brought 1,375 unique visitors to my blog—that is a 61% growth from 2010. I’m grateful to everyone who took a moment to check out my blog this year, ‘like’ a post, comment or share the things I post here. Thank you!

I thought it would be interesting to check out some statistics for what the most popular posts were this year. In order – starting with most popular….

1. What widows and orphans really are

A brief description of what widows and orphans are in terms of typography. I quoted the ‘typography bible’, The Elements of Typographic Style to support my premise.

2. Poster design

A small showcase of a few posters I have designed – from 2008

3. David Carson style type design

A showcase of a few typographic exercises I completed while in college. This post features a David Carson style of design – really pushing the typography. I liked to call it my ‘make my professor happy’ era of designing.

4. Political impact of design on people

Here I discuss how design for politicians and political movements can negatively impact people. I discuss the very old Daisy commercial along with Sarah Palin and Barack Obama’s political design choices.

5. Designers don’t make things look pretty

I discuss the common phrase I hear; “You can make it look all pretty“. The fact is, designers communicate visually, not just make things look pretty.

These photos are a result of a photo exercise I took on. I recently read on a blog that at some point, photographers should try this:

Go to a location, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, and spend 15 minutes there. Spend the first 10 minutes observing your surroundings. Don’t put the camera to your eye or take photos. Look for interesting subject matter, composition, line, shape, etc that can be photographed. Then spend the next 5 minutes shooting photos of what you just observed.

I went to my backyard and tried it. It was amazing the things I saw. I pushed to focus on interesting lines and shapes and their relationships.

This one shows the fence sort of extending on via it’s shadow. I liked how you see all fence, and not shadow. I like that sort of illusion.

This one is all about intersections and line… and of course rule of thirds.

My favorite – where there is a strong relationship between the 3 flower pots and the 3 circles on the concrete.  I love the design aesthetic of the 3 circles in the concrete paired with regular, old flower pots – but yet they relate because the concrete circles were created from the pots.