Only one niche?

Good marketing advice says that you should focus on one niche and just blog about that. I’ve been trying to do that but it is not easy. The problem is, I’m interested in many, many things. Here are some, in no particular order: painting, color, fiber, beads, art, design, fabric, animals of every kind,  environmentalism, […]

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Changes to Facebook March 2011 – Profiles and Pages

I recently attended Laura Roeder’s webinar on Facebook’s new features being rolled out this month. It’s good news for business owners – you’ll finally be able to separate the personal and business on Facebook.

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The 8 Hallmarks of Professional Graphic Designers

Today, almost everyone can and does call themselves a designer – it seems that anyone who has ever fiddled around with Photoshop says, “Oh, I can design.” Not true. Graphic design is about organizing and presenting visual information: to inform, educate, or persuade. The principles are simple — however, simple is not to be confused […]

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Massaged Kale Salad & Graphic Design

This may not appear to have much to do with graphic design…more on that in a bit. This is a delicious salad and is easy to prepare. The kale requires no cooking – amazing! It keeps nicely in the refrigerator and is very popular at potlucks. And, it’s an easy way to get more dark […]

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Be a Trim Tab – ‘greening’ your business

Buckminster Fuller, renowned author, designer, engineer, futurist and inventor, wrote: “Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary – the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. […]

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Good Design

I recently watched the movie “Objectified” about what goes into “good design” and found these quotes by Dieter Rams (Former Design Director, Braun Kronberg, Germany) to be valuable and timeless. They point the way to designing something of value. “Users react very positively when things are clear and understandable. What particularly bothers me today is […]

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The Learning Curve

I remember when I was teaching — on the first night I’d always point out that this is a field where you need to know how to research and learn new things constantly. When we’d start working in Photoshop for the first time, I’d mention that it is an “overdetermined” program (meaning it does much, much […]

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