Design Advice, My Story, and How AIGA Nebraska Changed My Life

The person sitting across from the interview table can see how good your portfolio is. They can see how good the work of all the other applicants is, too. What they can't see is how you turn up when and where you might be needed, how you build relationships, interact as a member of a community, seek out challenges, reach out to and work with new people. How being a part of something bigger than yourself is meaningful enough to you to personally take the initiative to make it happen. Read More

Pantone®, Color, and What I Wish I Had Known

One of the most difficult things for me to learn in my transition from the classroom to a professional branding agency was how to properly handle color output. Sure, I knew how to find the Pantone swatch I wanted, but how to properly utilize that swatch and ensure consistency across all media—this was new to me. So I decided to write this post in the hope of saving you some from some of the pitfalls that I failed to avoid. Read More

Social Media, Compulsion, and the 12 Things I Learned on My Break from Facebook

I'm beginning to believe that becoming more connected with everyone is making me less connected with anyone. All that time spent browsing, reading, liking...it has to come from somewhere. Any minute you are or could be in the presence of another human being spent on social media is a minute you're taking from them and splitting up a dozen, a hundred, or a thousand ways. It's significantly weakening one good relationship in the name of very slightly strengthening many others. Read More

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