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Free Public Domain Stock Photos – leave your mark

2022 updated list: Free CCommons “stock” images wordpress.org/photos https://pexels.com https://unsplash.com https://pixabay.com https://barnimages.com https://flickr.com Great photos (public domain) can be found from U.S. government agency websites: USA.gov is a government-operated website that was founded to give access to government agencies and resources. And a bigger list: NASA Images: Space U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Digital […]

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Photography Tips for Creating Stock Photos

Did you know that a photo, like the one above, could be an additional revenue stream for budding independent creatives? Even today, stock photos are an integral part of the internet. So much so that The Startup highlights how stock photography is a great way to earn passive income— the photos can be sold to millions of […]

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Tips for Business Owners to Design a Logo

Have you ever come across an organization that has no logo? No? This is because there aren’t many companies that operate without a logo. A logo has a massive impact on customer’s perceptions of your brand. So, naturally, you would want your logo to stand out from the crowd. But the question here arises, how […]

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How to screenshot on Mac and iOS 11 – no software needed

How to take a MacOS screenshot Two options:  capture entire screen or just a portion of it. Where will the screenshot be? Usually the screenshot is automatically saved to your desktop but if you installed Dropbox you may have a “Screenshots” folder in your Dropbox that files will appear in. Also, your screenshots may appear […]

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What’s the difference between a logotype and a logomark?

When clients ask me to design a logo for their business I always start with this discussion of what kind of “logo” they need. A “logo” is often made of a logotype and a logomark. But not every business needs both. A logotype stands for words or the name of a business that is designed in a customized way. […]

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QA the UI: Time Machine’s backwards ghost

Here’s something that’s been bugging me for a long time. Now, I know the folks at Apple work hard to make the small details shine. I’ve had a couple acquaintances who have been involved with great hardware design there over the years. I have heard stories about the wonderful keyboard design (the super fast keyboard […]

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New Site: Greenbelt Alliance

Last week I launched a new client project – rebuilding a large site for  the Greenbelt Alliance. It was a complex project that spanned the last 8 months or so and included alot of stakeholders and a complex planning process that intersected with a revamp of their long term strategies. We used WordPress (of course […]

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The Design Process – diagrammed

    A great representation of the design process. It is called the “Squiggle” — created by Damien Newman from Central Office of Design. (released under a Creative Commons License.)  

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Formerly Honest Foods

I came across this rebranding nightmare. Honest Foods became Earnest Eats. But somehow they also became “Formerly Honest”…

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Prado print on demand

I was recently at the Prado museum and found this print on demand service available for many images in their collection. the Gift store no longer carries posters – you can print many images at any size you want. Here is their info card with pricing. I did not buy one but I remember the days […]

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