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Notes From the Napkin
Hey check out my agency’s new blog I designed & coded; after a lengthy process we just pushed live Friday. I built the site on the tumblr platform so feel free to take a look and start following if you’re tumblin’ like me. I’ll be contributing on a regular basis there so just look for my tag as well. But I won’t be the only person writing on that blog, so there will be plenty of different types of content besides my sophomoric nerd humor.

Notes From the Napkin

Hey check out my agency’s new blog I designed & coded; after a lengthy process we just pushed live Friday. I built the site on the tumblr platform so feel free to take a look and start following if you’re tumblin’ like me. I’ll be contributing on a regular basis there so just look for my tag as well. But I won’t be the only person writing on that blog, so there will be plenty of different types of content besides my sophomoric nerd humor.

We live in the future you guys. The future. Thank you, I will settle my stomach with BACON.
baconbaconbacon:


Effervescent Bacon Drink Tablets | Archie McPhee
“If you drop one of these magic tablets into a glass of water it will instantly begin to dissolve, creating a cascade of bubbles that will infuse the water with a delicious bacon flavor. But don’t limit yourself to water. These Effervescent Drink Tablets work just as well in milk, juice or soda. Great for making bizarre beverages or slipping into a friend’s drink when they’re not looking. Each 2-1/4” (5.7 cm) round tin contains about fifteen tablets.”

We will be ordering some of these IMMEDIATELY
via jonwithabullet

We live in the future you guys. The future. Thank you, I will settle my stomach with BACON.

baconbaconbacon:

Effervescent Bacon Drink Tablets | Archie McPhee

“If you drop one of these magic tablets into a glass of water it will instantly begin to dissolve, creating a cascade of bubbles that will infuse the water with a delicious bacon flavor. But don’t limit yourself to water. These Effervescent Drink Tablets work just as well in milk, juice or soda. Great for making bizarre beverages or slipping into a friend’s drink when they’re not looking. Each 2-1/4” (5.7 cm) round tin contains about fifteen tablets.”

We will be ordering some of these IMMEDIATELY

via jonwithabullet

8 Common Graphic Design Myths Revealed

robynchell:

(The article courtesy of Creative Opera)

Featuring, of course, my personal favourite:

Myth #7: Anyone Can Do It

As designers, we get a lot of “Oh, my cousin is a designer,” or “My friend is a designer,” just to find out that these people know a little Photoshop, or create invitations with Word. The two examples I seem to run across the most is those who have played with Photoshop Elements, and those who have created their first website with FrontPage. People think that because they can remove red-eye or make a photo sepia-tone, they are on their way to a second career in Graphic Design. These are the people I am up against when a client says “I have a neighbor who will design my website for $50.00.”

Don’t let these individuals affect you. Don’t drop your prices to meet theirs or become overly competitive with them. It is okay that people find design to be an enjoyable hobby. If any of them want to become full-time designers, they will still have to complete the courses and learn the skills that you already have. In the meantime, try not to be frustrated. You’re going to hear it the rest of your career. Everyone thinks they are a designer, and you just have to be secure enough to stay professional and let them be. You know that there is a lot of talent, time, and dedication involved with becoming a professional designer, so try not to roll your eyes or feel threatened. It should make you feel good to know that you have a job that others actually want to do for fun in their spare time.

Lucky you!

However, while I do agree with the above whole-heartedly, I try not to judge anyone based on their experience in this field. There are a lot of designers who - for whatever reason - were late embracing this career path, and may have a skill set that is yet to be fully developed. To some, this may be viewed as an last-ditch attempt to become a “designer” because said individual thinks it’s a) easy and b) anyone can do it. However, natural talent cannot be faked, and so-called amateurs can have a lot to offer even if their tool choices aren’t always appropriate. Therefore it’s important not to dismiss their capabilities based on this alone. Just because a professional designer has 20 years experience and knows every Illustrator shortcut key known to man, it doesn’t necessarily make them the better pick.

However, Word Art should never be mistaken for real design.

Ever.

Do not get this confused.

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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.