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Busking for Charity!

This weekend (11 AM to 2 PM, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting) I’ll be busking in downtown Hannibal, Missouri for the Child’s Play Charity.  Every tip you toss in will be used to purchase gifts for kids who are sick and suffering.  This charity has a special place in my heart, because I was at […]

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Case Study: Commissioned T-shirt design

Recently I was contacted by a friend at my college Alma Mater, Hannibal LaGrange College, about designing a t-shirt for the theatrical ministry group “New Edition”. I had done some work for them previously (flyer design for a children’s show for the theater department), but this would be my first paid gig. Understanding that a […]

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A tutorial for quick, striking B&W digital photos

When I first pursued photography, it was on the 35mm film medium.  We shot black & white, typically ISO 400 in my Photography I class.  Good times were had, and the output was pleasing (even though it was a real PITA developing everything by hand myself in the darkroom - poor eyesight is NOT conducive […]

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Confessions of a Newspaper Graphic Designer Pt 3: When to give in

Sometimes, you’ve got to say “good enough”, and move on. Actually, you’ll be saying that a lot - especially with the current economic state - given the nature of the newspaper design industry. You’ll be heavily pressed for time, and resources are limited. Odds are, you are going with one of the lower-budget stock art […]

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Confessions of a Newspaper Graphic Designer Pt. Deux - "The Lingo"

If you want to become one of the elite - a design monkey for a newspaper (hah, yes, that’s funny) - then you need to not only walk the walk, but talk the talk. This should give you an introduction to some of the terminology used in the newspaper world, as well as a few […]

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Confessions of a Newspaper Graphic Designer

The world of graphic design in the newspaper industry is much like the idea of surgery in the movie (and subsequent television series) M.A.S.H.; your job is to get it done quickly and effectively. Finesse and perfection is a luxury that typically can’t be afforded. I’ve been working in the newspaper industry for 2 years […]

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I love web design.

I’m taking a break from working on my new portfolio design right now to update my blog, because honestly, I love writing. Not as much as I love web design, though.  A week ago I was laid off from my job (don’t worry; I’ll be fine - I’ve got some good support behind me, money […]

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My new project.

I announced that I had an idea Friday on Facebook.  That I would work on said idea this weekend.  Here’s what I’ve got thus far. For those of you who don’t know, I want to start something that will bring music to the forefront in Hannibal, Missouri.  The goal started as something that would help […]

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Getting Started with Dishonored

Dishonored is the latest, greatest new IP to come out since the days of System Shock, Thief, Deus Ex, and even the Elder Scrolls series. For those of you who are reading this and haven’t played (or even heard of) Dishonored, here’s the idea: You’re an assassin with (eventually - you just start with one) […]

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Getting motivated to record.

So, I have these great moments where I sit down and just play my new tunes.  It comes out so well..  But, the last time I sat down to record, with the same feeling, nothing came into place.  I kept having to deal with the technical crap that ends up killing it. These moments in […]

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