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new (big city) job!

Downtown Cincinnati

A few weeks ago, I was offered a position (!!) at Iacono Productions, an event production company, and my first day was this past Thursday! Although I'm sad to leave my friends and co-workers at F+W Media/Writer's Digest, I'm insanely excited to start this new chapter of my career. So, I'll be working in the big city now with thousands of other Cincinnatians. I'm pretty excited about that, too. 

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new skillzzzz and new work

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new skillzzzz and new work

Hello friends! Today, I'm excited to show off some of my newest work! If you've followed me or my work in the past, you may already know that I'm the Graphic Designer for Writer's Digest Magazine! Recently, I've had the opportunity to help turn our print publication into a digitally published app that you can download through iTunes or your app store! (How cool is that?!)

Learning a new tool such as Adobe Digital Publishing Suite was pretty scary at first but after playing around with the software, watching some tutorial videos, and talking with other co-workers who have already morphed their own magazine into a downloadable app - it was pretty fun and interesting! The experience not only added a (saweeeet) new skill to my tool box, but I've also realized that sometimes as a Designer, it's hard to step out of your comfort zone to learn something like a whole new design platform...and that's OK. Discomfort is OK. Exploring unknown territory can be down right terrifying BUT we wouldn't be designers if we weren't out there learning new things and forging through the rubble to create something worth creating. I think we all get comfortable at times and I that's natural. Humans like predictability (at least I do) which is fine here and there but I think unpredictability is also what makes or breaks a successful design career. We need to strive to learn new things, meet new people, and grow our brains. As much as my brain tries to tell me it isn't, being out of your comfort zone is how I learn the best and the most!

Cheers!

Writer's Digest Magazine, November/December 2013 cover.

Writer's Digest Magazine, November/December 2013 cover.

Here are some pages from the Inkwell section of Writer's Digest. 

This is the feature package for the Nov/Dec issue of WD. The feature package of Writer's Digest has a new, fresh design every time an issue is produced. 

These are a couple of columns that run every issue. Breaking In and Your Story. 

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flow chart, fun(ny)

Flow charts and information design. Those have always been two of my most favorite types of projects to work on! Organizing and compartmentalizing are among the things I do best. In fact, if you were to peek into my design laboratory at home or my desk at work, you'd immediately see that I am a little psycho about it making sure things are in order.

This flow chart is featured in the March/April issue of Writer's Digest, and I'm pretty excited about it! I generally take care of all design needs for the magazine (new feature package designs/concepts for every issue, column design, etc.), but I've never had the opportunity to design a flow chart for WD before. This piece is titled A Step-By-Step Guide to Agent Response Times. It's a lighthearted take on the thought process of a writer as he or she nervously goes through the (beginning stages) of the publishing process. It's very humorous and I think all of us (writer or not) can relate to it on some level! 

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handmade market at work, #3

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handmade market at work, #3

It's time for the handmade market at work again! This time, I won't be participating in this particular event, but I did have a ton of fun designing the flyer again! This time, it's Valentine's Day themed! You might remember my Fall and Christmas flyer designs that were recently posted, too.

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handmade market at work 2

Handmade Market part 2 is fast approaching! A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I'd be participating in the market at work and now we are having another one! The first one was a great success. I sold more prints than I thought I would and it was a lot of fun. In spirit of the upcoming holiday festivities, I was asked to put together another flyer that was more fit for the season. This is what came out of it! 

Some of the vector illustrations used throughout this flyer are from fotolia.com.

I was having some trouble with creating a lined drop shadow text (the HANDMADE in red), and my co-worker, Brianna Scharstein, was able to help me out! Thanks pal!

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This was my set up/booth at the market! The Robo Heart print series was a big hit, as well as the little fish guys you see on the far right. You can find those items for sale here!

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handmade market at work

So, we are having a small Handmade Market event at my place of work next week, which I am already excited about! How cool of an idea is that?! I'll be selling items from my Etsy shop, Gadzoooks! Sadly, it's for employees only. Sorry folks!

Also, I am excited that I was asked to help out with the flyer design, which was super fun and certainly a nice break from the normal routine at the office. Check it out below!

Illustrations courtesy of fotolia.com

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new shop!

Hello world! Long time no see! I've been a busy little bee, working on my newest endeavor-an Etsy shop! That's right, my Etsy shop, called Gadzoooks, is now up and running and I am so very excited about it! Check out the spiffy logo I made below! 

For now, I have mostly decent older work from college (made about 5 or 6 years ago). It's not doing any good sitting at my house in dusty sheets of mylar, so why not let others get some enjoyment out of it? My newest work on there, though, is pretty cool! I've designed and illustrated a series of love themed prints that have a steampunk/robotic twist. You may recognize the one on the bottom right from this post. I first created it for my sweet niece, Elinor. It was a gift to her parents, for her nursery. I've just sort of built on that same style and theme and with that, created the other 3. 

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Over the course of the next few months, I'll be releasing another line of either illustrated prints or cards-I haven't fully decided yet. The subject of this new line of print goods will feature crazy ass children, and I am calling the series Jankity Kids. So, keep a look out for these funny little guys to come out at Gadzoooks!

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special type

I've been seeing some pretty impressive typography around town here lately. My favorite is the yard sale sign. No doubt the best one I've ever seen. 

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just like being there

When I saw that this documentary was streaming on Netflix, I got pretty excited! I've been slowly building a (small) collection of gig posters over the past 10 or so years, so any opportunity to learn about the history and origin behind this art form is welcomed by me! This documentary, titled Just Like Being There, had some great info and background on the American gig poster. Some of the best and most well known gig poster designers/illustrators were interviewed and had some interesting views about what a gig poster is, what it should be, and what it was. Do check it out. 

If you're interested in starting a collection of your own, check out Lonestar Posters. It's where I went to get most of the posters I've collected. They have a really great selection.   

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