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hellofromtumblr:

Stop mentioning things that aren’t blogs. Start mentioning blogs!
Just type @ and a username when you’re writing a post and we’ll let that person know that you mentioned them. They will be thrilled by this.
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Yissssssss this is what I’ve been waiting for all my Tumblr life. Now I can mention Tumblr blogs in my posts and they’ll know about it. Thanks staff!

hellofromtumblr:

Stop mentioning things that aren’t blogs. Start mentioning blogs!

Just type @ and a username when you’re writing a post and we’ll let that person know that you mentioned them. They will be thrilled by this.

Download for iPhone and iPad Download for Android

Yissssssss this is what I’ve been waiting for all my Tumblr life. Now I can mention Tumblr blogs in my posts and they’ll know about it. Thanks staff!

Changes to Black In History
Looking at making a semi-significant update to the UI/UX of the post page design for Black In History. 
After looking at my “add this” analytics, I realized that people aren’t really utilizing the share this function as much as the space the UI button demands. Frankly, more people use the tweet, like function or just copy and paste the url (luckily add this allows for tracking url sharing). Also, another thing, I wanted a way to integrate note counts without futzing with the overall layout and breaking what people like about the visual design.
So, I’m reclaiming that speech bubble space and will be integrating a note count with tumblr action options instead. I’ll still have a share this button, but it will be minimized to a ‘+’ icon next to the native reblog & like buttons. Expect to see an update in the next few days while I test stuff out. 
I’m still messing with the color, but the dark brown seemed too dark with the new content inside of the bubble.
Thoughts?

Changes to Black In History

Looking at making a semi-significant update to the UI/UX of the post page design for Black In History

After looking at my “add this” analytics, I realized that people aren’t really utilizing the share this function as much as the space the UI button demands. Frankly, more people use the tweet, like function or just copy and paste the url (luckily add this allows for tracking url sharing). Also, another thing, I wanted a way to integrate note counts without futzing with the overall layout and breaking what people like about the visual design.

So, I’m reclaiming that speech bubble space and will be integrating a note count with tumblr action options instead. I’ll still have a share this button, but it will be minimized to a ‘+’ icon next to the native reblog & like buttons. Expect to see an update in the next few days while I test stuff out. 

I’m still messing with the color, but the dark brown seemed too dark with the new content inside of the bubble.

Thoughts?

So why do agencies suck [at digital]? One point Dev made was because agencies make big ideas. But, in digital, ideas are a dime a dozen. Digital is about execution over idea. It doesn’t matter how big the idea if the execution isn’t there.

DSVC (Dallas Society of Visual Communicators), 

summing up the topics of January’s meeting with guest speaker Dev Gupta. I completely agree. A blunt statement, but very necessary for some (not all) traditional advertising creatives & agencies to hear. I’ve always believed execution and concept are equal halves, no matter what medium you’re in. It’s just more obvious with interactive.

You can also totally download the beautifully designed full presentation here. Mandatory reading folks.

dlio:

85% Off Arquitecta by Latinotype Until February 22nd, 2013.

Just another lovely specimen from the folks over at Latinotype, that’s all. I don’t imagine it’d hold up terribly well as small/long-form copy on screen given it’s modest x-height, but you can hardly hold that against it given the influences rolled into this typeface.

Always nice to see double-storey, lowercase “a” and “g” in these early century style sansfaces as well.

Arquitecta. The humanist typography as a rational proyect.

Since the experimentation from the Bauhaus through modern sans history we looked for a new mix to construct a rational geometric typeface with humanist proportions suitable for text layout and continuous reading.

Inspired by American & European hand lettering from the first half of the past century, Arquitecta finds his own space as a great alternative for paragraphs in front of classics like Futura, Kabel or Avant Garde.

The family contains 8 upright romans and 8 italics with the following features:

- European accents, Old Style Numbers, Numerators & Fractions.

- Ink traps to avoid press impressing spots & hinting optimized.

- Small X-height with accentuated ascenders y descenders.

Designed by Daniel Hernández Sánchez y Miguel Hernández Montoya between the months of August y December of 2013.

You can get the entire desktop font family for like 19 bucks guys. I am confused though looking at the licenses. Looks like there’s no license for web font embedding. hrmmm.

Beautiful typeface by the way. Similar to Neutra & Brandon Grotesque.

HEY GUYS! Portfolio v.7 is officially live!

View it here.

So that thing I’ve been working on for the past two months after mucho trial, error, sharing progress on my Instagram, start-overs, and crying, I’ve gone live on my portfolio site.

As I’ve said before, I really liked my old site, but it was time for an update, and also to put all those learned skills to practical use. I still keep with my themes of bold, playful typography and personality; however I wanted to simplify the homepage and give individual attention to all of the projects I share on the site. No more thumbnails. No more portfolio sections (print, identity, interactive). I had too much stuff. More whitespace. Larger images. I also introduce layering and depth. I’m starting to get obsessed with it.

And above everything, responsive. That last part was tricky, since I wanted to add a scrolling experience to all my project pages, and most scrolling animation libraries don’t do mobile well. That’s where Prinzhorn’s Skrollr.js came in. Not to say I didn’t have some debugging to do, but it was truly a life send. So easy to use too. Highly recommend it.

If you want to see all I used to build it, look at my humans.txt file. Be sure to look at my 404 page too. Had to do something a little extra.

That being said, please give a look, and if you dig it, like and share it guys. I caught a mini-cold working so hard on this thing. I’m going to sleep.

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I'm a designer/art director/geek that likes to make things on (and off) the internet. I'm black, live in the DFW metroplex, work at an ad agency, and drink alone in the dark on week nights. While being black, I write this blog as a creative outlet.

My work has been featured multiple times by Tumblr, published in NET Magazine, Communication Arts, Adweek, The Webbys, HOW Design, W3 Awards, Web Designer Magazine, Under Consideration, Awwwards, Web Design Ledger, Web Designer Depot, Designworklife, Speckyboy, my mom's Facebook Timeline, and a variety of other publications.

I am currently unmarried, live alone, have no pets, and believe in the Oxford comma. I like eating tacos as well. Pants optional.