Friday, October 30, 2009

Have a faBOO Halloween

Got this ghostly note from Ilene, my client/hair expert.
She left it for me on the mirror when I came into her shop last week.
Ilene & I barter for goods & services.
I do graphics for her, and she makes sure I don't look like
Cruella DeVille. :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rainy Leaf Walk

Here are some beautiful wet leaves,
on my way home from the morning bus stop drop-off.

Notice, it starts with an Alpha Cap B?
(warning, this video might make you dizzy.
It makes me dizzy.)
And yes, those are my new fleece pj's.
I am never taking them off.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Right Now

What's everyone doing this weekend?
Happy friday!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Graphic Design: Reasons to Use Thumbnails

Back to the Business of Graphic Design...

"Thumbnails" are a way to view or print a multi-page document.
They allow you to get an overall view of how the project is progressing.

Here is a magazine that I recently designed.
Seeing the pages this small shows the pacing at a glance,
so you can see what order the features and columns should flow in.
I also use this method to check to make sure that the
elements of my design have a consistent look, from page to page.

Aren't the tiny pages so cute!?

Back in the day, at the big publishing companies, we had "wall meetings."
We would spread out the entire issue (life-sized) on a wall and
decide where to move the ads and stories around.
These meetings were usually either really fun,
or knock-down drag-out.
There were staples & thumbtacks involved.

Here's a 96 page catalog I'm working on now...
omg... look at all this work I did!
You would think I had no time left to do twitter &
blogposts & watch Mad Men & Glee.
(let alone make sure all the varmints get to the bus stop on time.)

This client requested to see thumbnails.
I often forget that even though I have the whole layout in my head,
the client does NOT.

Seeing it this way, will give him all sorts of ideas about moving sections around.
And maybe changing some heads & section titles. He'll probably break-up some spreads
and want them put back together differently...

And i'll do it. Because it's my job.
I'm blessed to have this work, that allows me to stay in my pj's
and see my kids get off the school bus every day.
And even on the bad days, and even though I might complain,
I still love being a graphic designer.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Walk: 10/21/09

I hadn't been down this street with my camera yet...

there were secret mansions...

crackplants galore...

flirty sheds...

important messages...

cat's that wink...

white horses that appear at the the edge of the wood...

(and this one below is for The Hubby....)

a flagpole that doubles as a tetherball court :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Alpha Script Cap B

This was a 6 last week.
Now it's grown nicely into a cap B.

(last week)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Homecoming Parade '09

Various men in uniform...
Hi Officer Tony!

Sneaky pic of Mina in her bathrobe eating a roll & drinking coffee.
She knows I'm evil. She loves me anyway.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Alpha 6 (in my face)

I needed another 6 like a hole in the head.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I don't know how it goes so fast.
It just does.

Furry Pet Update

My how Thor has grown!
Here he is eating a home made burrito.