In The News | Chicago Tribune

It was great to get an email this morning that a story I interviewed for several weeks ago made the Chicago Tribune this week. Leslie Mann's wittily titled "Has the RSVP gone the way of the jello mold?" appeared in the online edition yesterday. Read it and let me know...

Music Mondays | Mitch Shiner

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. I'm going to say something that may sound anachronistic; you may not even believe me: I discovered an incredible new big band last week.   "What?!" you say. "Big bands went the way of the buffalo half a century...

Authenticity and Aesthetics

I believe that, when push comes to shove, Millenials (yep, I'm generalizing) value authenticity over aesthetics. I know I do. I think it's something we've seen shifting (especially in the world of weddings) over the last few years. I think we're finally through the...

Music Mondays | Moon Hooch

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. I've made no secret of my love of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. I LOVE that there's even a Roku channel for the series! I was watching a few concerts this week when I discovered Moon Hooch. This may not be your cup...

Quick Picks – 11.23.14

It really is hard to believe it's Thanksgiving week already! I'm resolving early this year - to try new things in this space. That's why I'm trying a Quick Picks series - a little light reading for your Sunday. Without further ado: This Jenga House by Sou Fujimoto is...

Music Mondays | the Potash Twins

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. Whew! What a summer! There’s so much to share, but I wanted to kick this back off (it’s been a while, hasn’t it?) with a fresh Music Mondays. A couple weeks ago, while in New York for The Knot Gala, I had the...

A Missing Letter

Tonight, I attended #theKnotGala, an impressive showing of some of the wedding industry's best and brightest. I was honored to attend on account of my contribution as the invitation designer.  I also made these sponsor-thank you bookmarks.  And I messed up. At some...

A Shop Visit

As I mentioned recently, I had the honor of being a part of an article on entrepreneurship in The Lakelander magazine. Here are a handful of the photos Dustin Prickett (The Lakelander photographer and owner of Sunglow Photography) took for the article. Dustin did an...

Some Local Press

I absolutely adore my local City magazine. The publisher is a brave gentleman who stepped out of his comfort zone to bring a quality quality of life publication to our community. He sought some pretty wise design counsel and an incredible editor (a friend of mine with...

Building Your Business Stationery

A business' stationery is rarely thought about. About the only time some businesses consider it is when they experience a re-branding and have to purchase a whole new suite. Some clients, however, build their stationery suite as needs arise - business cards for a...

A Pair of Letterpress Business Cards

Recently, one of my neighbors at Catapult Lakeland asked for some business cards that solved a couple problems he had. Like many creatives and entrepreneurs, Joshua leads a couple different lives. He's the CEO of a software development company and owns a real estate...

We’re Back! | Creative People Are Weird

Holy cow, what a summer! It's been crazy, busy and exciting and I dropped the ball on #CreativePeopleAreWeird. Well, I'm back and with this little update comes a big message: Don't Retreat! Don't let The Resistance or your fear or your insecurity prevent you from...

Awesome Letterpress Postcards

If you read my posts regularly, you may know that I'm currently taking a few Skillshare classes, including Branding With Radical Typography by James Victore. Man, James is a tough teacher. I'm not sure about the other students (I have my assumptions), but I came to...

Does Where You Work Matter?

After an unexpected week hiatus, I’m back with another Creative People Are Weird. Typically, I try to have a fairly clear opinion in these videos, setting up to volley with you, dear viewer, and incite lively discussion. This week’s a little different. I’ve been...

Designing Stationery In Adobe Illustrator – Using Templates

Many designers seem to see Adobe Illustrator as some great mystery. I'm always amused by how many people I know who are perfectly comfortable working in Photoshop, but will do everything in their power to avoid working in Illustrator. The fact is: For most stationery...

The Paper on the Wall | Creative People Are Weird

The incredible jazz bassist Lynn Seaton gave me one of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard. If you're a student, you NEED to watch this and hear it for yourself. (tweet this) As usual, credit for this quick and dirty shoot go to John Roquemore. Blame the poor...

Opinions Are Like…

This' week's Creative People Are Weird is a special request from a friend. Far too often, unimportant opinions keep creative work from being incredible. Whose opinions do you seek that you don't need to? Trim the fat this week and stop asking, because everybody's got...

An Anniversary

Eleven years ago today. I was a wreck. Just a kid, my bride even younger. I don't think it really hit me, the weight of this thing we were doing. But I was still a wreck. We made promises and smiled, too nervous to even really see the depth in one another's eyes. It...

In Which I Clap and Sing

So, I don't clap and sing in this installment of Creative People Are Weird, but I do remind you that good creatives want to create world-changing work. And they want to do it for you! Give your creatives some freedom and they'll be better at solving your problems....

Creative People: Don’t Get STEAMrolled!

I attended an incredible symposium yesterday. It was about STEAM, something everyone should care about. It got me thinking about the changing relationship between creatives and the people who pay them. Watch it and tell me what your experiences have been.   And I wore...

Personality Trumps Trends

I know so many cool people. They’re so interesting and have amazing personalities. Their stories are incredible. Yet they’re so caught up in following the giant firehose of trends that it can be hard to see their real personalities. It takes bravery to be yourself....

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