Monthly Archives: January 2013

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thank you

In 2012, this blog saw 1,906 unique visitors which is a 38% increase from 2011 and a 99% increase from 2010! 86% of  those 1,906 people were new visitors to the blog! The top three referring websites were, and

I’m so grateful to each and every one of you who took a moment to check out my blog this year, ‘like’ it, comment or share the things I post here. Thank you!

Here are the 6 most visited blog posts of 2012:

1. Line and Shape in Nature

A photo project I did where I spent 10 minutes at a location just taking in my surroundings and then the next 5 minutes taking photos that show interesting line, shape, composition, subject matter. This forced me to really take in the environment before putting the camera to my eye.

2. What Widows & Orphans Really Are

This is a post from many years ago where I was responding to a few things online that I read where people had the wrong definition for the typographical elements of widows and orphans.

3. Poster Design

A few examples of posters I had designed during college

4. David Carson style type design

A few example designs that loosely follow the same design style of David Carson.

5. Truman Campus – Winter Sunset

Photos of Truman State University campus during a snowy sunset.

6. GOP Candidates & the Obama Design Aesthetic

This covers the odd similarities between the various Republican presidential candidate’s websites and Obama’s 2008 campaign website.

2012 Year in Review


  • Officially became free of all credit card debt while paying off 4 large debts using the debt snowball idea from Dave Ramsey
  • Completed numerous house projects – renovated kitchen, refinished shed, shutters, doors, etc.


  • Learned many new post-processing techniques to use while processing my photographs. Check out my photos here!
  • Became an exclusive contributer at, meaning I no longer sell stock photos at many other websites. Learn more here!
  • Speaking of iStock, my earnings have quadrupled from 2011
  • Cranked out many watercolor raster illustrations which were really popular on iStock. Check them out here!
  • Created 33 stock photos (photos and illustrations combined) in 2012. This is down 300% from the previous year but the new work’s popularity outweighs the previous work’s popularity

Website Design

  • Honed my WordPress, responsive design, and HTML5/CSS3 skills through constant training courses

My business, Creative Improv

  • Worked with 25 clients to create meaningful websites, logos and print collateral. 10 of which were brand new client relationships

What I ‘shipped’ in 2012

In 2010, Seth Godin challenged his readers to think about what they ‘shipped’ the previous year. So here’s goes:

  • Crushed 4 debts
  • Created 33 Stock Photos
  • Crafted 15 Websites
  • Designed 3 Logos
  • Designed 4 Print Pieces
  • Crafted 3 Motion Graphics Pieces
  • Created 4 HTML Emails

University Art Gallery

This is the building I spent much of my 4+ years in college earning a degree in visual communication. I set out to create a timeless photo of Ophelia Parrish.