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If it’s ugly, blame the designer. Not the client.

Making beautiful work matters to design legend, Saul Bass*, and it matters to me. “You can get much more quickly to an answer if you don’t worry about those things [making it beautiful]. It costs every designer money to make it beautiful. It means you have to spend more time, you have to futz with…

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New work: Erasing the Distance

This is a playbill I created for Erasing the Distance‘s event last Friday: The event (in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness week) was incredibly powerful, and completely sold out. I am really proud to work with such a fabulous organization. (I designed their logo and identity, among other things…)

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The value of “bullshit”

“It follows that every design presentation is inevitably, at least in part, an exercise in bullshit. The design process always combines the pursuit of functional goals with countless intuitive, even irrational decisions. The functional requirements—the house needs a bathroom, the headlines have to be legible, the toothbrush has to fit in your mouth—are concrete and…

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Never forget about your to-do list again

I developed a new project tracking/scheduling/to-do system last week. It involves a big orange wall and a color-coded system of Post-Its. I run the days of the week across the top (with today at the far left) and I run clients/projects down the left side. Green means active, blue means inactive (I’m waiting for materials…

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New Work: The Neo-Futurists

I recently completed this project for the Neo-Futurists, a non-profit theater group in Chicago. Using their existing logo and brand, I developed new business cards and a thank you note. “The Neo-Futurists don’t really do ‘normal’ plays. Their shows – original works that are more theme-based than plot-based – are brainy and whimsical and so…

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New work: 2010 calendar

I designed these calendars and printed them at Spudnik Press during a five-week “Makin’ Posters” screen printing class. (The next class starts in March.) It was a more arduous process than I expected, but absolutely worth it. I sent the limited-edition prints to clients, family and friends for the holidays. Happy New Year!

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