Happy Holidays Salon poster

Happy Holidays Poster Design

Part of my job is taking what a customer sees in their mind and designing it to meet their needs and, if I'm lucky, make them say "Wow! That's even better than I had in my head!" Sometimes all I get are some descriptive words of how they need their…
Saafi Logo Design Process

Building a Brand – Saafi Behavior

While the brunt of the work I do at my current job is laying out and designing signs and displays, sometimes clients come to us to help build their brand and design logos and other assets they will use for their business. This client was opening a behavioral health services…
Menu board

Concession Stand Menu Board

The State Fair in Minnesota is, to put it lightly, a pretty big deal. I was tasked with designing a menu board for a vendor at the State Fair. The vendor sent me a hand-sketched thumbnail layout and the information they wanted to be conveyed. I was also sent along…

Skillshare – Patterns

Another night, another Skillshare class. This time I worked on creating patterns in Photoshop and saving them for future use and sharing. It was a neat, quick exercise exploring ideas that I've always wanted to play with, but never sunk my teeth into HOW to do it. I can see…

Skillshare – Advanced Photoshop Glow Effects

Tonight I wanted to work on a few more Photoshop tools to fill out my, well, toolkit. I found a neat, quick class on Skillshare called "Advanced Photoshop Glow Effects" taught by a very skilled and knowledgeable instructor named Manu De May. It's a quick walk through, less than an…

Skillshare – Photo Manipulation

I recently completed a course on Skillshare working with photo manipulation and learning some more granular details about Photoshop and some of the tools that I had a general knowledge of. This course dealt a lot at first with Photoshop and image basics, which really nagged at me to skip…

Apparel Design

For a recent job application I was asked to design t-shirts based on prompts provided by the job poster. For those prompts, I chose two - Create a t-shirt design for Traveler's Insurance 5K Run/Walk. Must include Traveler's logo, with space around it. Must be a 2 color design with…

A Fantasy Adventure With My Niece

Last spring, my niece was given an assignment - to send a flat version of herself to someone who lives in a different place. The person who received it would take photos and journal their adventures together and send them back for presenting to the class.   While I certainly…

Trying SkillShare

I've wanted to try and expand my horizons and diversify my skills when it comes to design and I knew I couldn't do it alone. So, I've decided to give SkillShare a try. SkillShare is a service where thousands of experts teach you almost anything under the sun - from…

Sticker Design Prompt

For a recent job application, I was asked to design stickers based off of two promts: "Thank you for making my party magical" and "Best Day Ever". I put together a handful of different ideas using the required copy, some art assets I was given, and the option of making/creating…