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I’m a female Creative Director. Here’s my 3% story.

I am a creative director. I am female. I am rare. Until recently, I was part of a 3% club. That was the number of female creative directors at U.S. agencies in 2012. The number is now a whopping 11%. … Read more…

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Architecture: Adding to the Conversation of Our Skyline

I have recently taken an interest in architecture – it started a year ago during Design Week Portland when I went to a talk, spur of the moment, and happened to be sitting in a small room listening to a guy … Read more…

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Design Flashback

I saved all of my college design projects. The closet in my old bedroom at my parents’ house is filled with them. And during a recent visit, I found a particularly interesting one.

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5 ways to dump a creative slump

Creative slumps. We all get them. We get stuck on one idea, or feel void of new ideas. Often we just sit and wallow in our lack of creativity, but there are many ways to get out of a creative … Read more…

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Trash to Treasure: Dr. Evermor’s Art Park

While visiting Madison, Wisconsin earlier this summer, the fam and I found ourselves with a rare “no plans day.” After consuming copious amounts of spicy cheese bread at the Capital Square Farmer’s Market, we headed to Dr. Evermor’s Art Park … Read more…

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Why did I become a graphic designer?

Fatherhood. So, I recently became a father.  Which has inspired me to look closely at my life, and start asking a lot of questions.  I’m finding that many of those questions have parallels that relate to work as a graphic … Read more…

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Vintage Typography and Design

Aaaah…vacations. We all need them to relax and reenergize. I also need them to get inspired, often through the combination of nature AND city. So what could be better than a road trip through state and national parks with city lodging along the way…? Add my little … Read more…

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Modern Illumination: The Saint John’s Bible

While recently visiting family in the frigid Midwest I had the opportunity to see the Illuminated Saint John’s Bible exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI. It was commissioned in 1998 by the Saint John’s Abbey and … Read more…

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Design Inspiration From Nature

 You Can Find Design Inspiration Everywhere I go out to my folks’ farm each weekend find inspiration from the wildlife that visits the farm. Deer, skunks, coyotes, foxes and birds… lots of birds. Scrub Jays, Eurasian Doves, Towhees, Gold Finches, Purple Finches, … Read more…

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Design Quotes and inspiration

I am a collector of quotes.  Being an engineer, and therefore somewhat inarticulate, I find comfort that others can express ideas with beauty, somewhat like good design.  So below are some design-oriented quotations that I like.  The photography is mine, … Read more…

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