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One of the hardest parts about graduating is that after four years of having these amazing, expensive programs at your fingertips…you’re thrown out into the real world empty-handed. Some of us find the money for everything we need, and others find more creative solutions. Either way, most of us can’t have every single program we’ve ever wanted.

One program I used in college and miss a lot is Adobe Flash. It was nothing like what I had worked with before. I was used to creating flat, static art. Our biggest assignment for the program was to create a greeting card. I was thoroughly impressed with my own genius of combining a national holiday with my love of pirates.

The animation has been lost until now. We’ve purchased Flash here at work and finally, after three years, I am able to share this wonderful, albeit amateur, attempt at an electronic greeting card.

(You may have to watch it a few times to catch everything. And the fonts weren’t able to load in Flash when we exported it. But you get the idea.)

Music: Two Hornpipes (Tortuga) Hans Zimmer; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest soundtrack

I’ve been hesitant to give away this secret, but I couldn’t help myself. I learned this technique for transferring ink in college, and a friend and I were curious to see if it worked on t-shirts. And a new DIY enterprise was born…

Care instructions:

You need heat to set the design. I use a hair dryer. Wash it inside out the first few times. The design will naturally fade a bit, but setting it in the sun or with a hair dryer will help.

I hope you all enjoyed this. Please leave a comment and let me see your designs!

Wintergreen Oil


Last week I worked some pretty late nights. Monday I came home from work at 1 AM, Wednesday it was 4AM. They were the first few nights I’ve worked late at a job in my long history of working in this business. I’ve always heard stories about how designers work until all hours of the night and now I can say that I’ve fully experienced what that’s like. I can sum this up in two words: not bad.

Granted, I work at a really awesome place with a great boss who has the greatest music ever (i.e. Muppets and William Shatner), so my experience might be different from others. I’m pretty tired this morning (as I usually put myself to bed by 9:45) but I feel as though I’ve completed some sort of rite of passage by working late. But I digress.

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Courtesy of Earth Hour's Flickr Group

Courtesy of Earth Hour's Flickr Group

A friend of mine brought to my attention that Earth Hour is tonight. Something I have always planned to do and am now really going to follow through. So needless to say I was grateful for the reminder. So tonight at 830 PM central time, my husband and I will be turning off our lights. We’ll light candles around the house and play cards or read or (I really wish) take a nap.

While researching any sort of event (movie, inauguration, food-eating contest), I always go to the “Downloads” section of the event’s website to see what sort of design they are letting the people have. I was not disappointed when I went to Earth Hour’s home on the web. Read the rest of this entry »

zionI have a new pro-bono project at work for the wonderful folks over at March of Dimes. It’s for their Signature Chef’s Auction, held every year at the beginning of November. The best chefs around the Knoxville area come together to cook their most original, delicious meals. And anyone willing to pay the price for a ticket gets to eat it all. I went last year after doing all of their collateral and it was an absolute blast. If you’re in the area, I highly suggest you go. 

Moving on…

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impossible_is_nothingMy good friend Allie over at The Creative Career had a post earlier last year talking about how you can make your resume stand out by adding an interactive element to it. Creating a website, for example, is great for any creative to have a place where all your work, information and thoughts can reside. I’m always reading Allie’s blog and comments, and I found something interesting about a week ago on someone’s site who had commented on one of Allie’s entries – a video resume. Read the rest of this entry »


I am so excited. I just found the perfect day job. One where I can drink as much as I want, doodle on a computer, yell at people for being stupid, and win big bucks!

It’s called CMYK – America’s Top Graphic Designer (TRADEMARKED), and it’s calling my name. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m not quite sure how to present this information. I am simply disturbed by an ad I found a while back. It was on a news site, but where it was found is irrelevant. The point is that this site is just another example in a long list of how pageant parents can completely lose it.

Pageant Photo Retouching

I’ll go ahead and wait a moment for you to browse the site and come back. Read the rest of this entry »

Have you ever sat down with a group of friends and chatted for awhile, and then someone stops the conversation and asks “how did we end up talking about this?” And THEN all of you think back to the string of thoughts that brought you from the beginning of your conversation to the present? 

It happens to me a lot. And that’s why I love/hate YouTube. (Please be patient, this post may take awhile to load.)

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I’ve been thinking (again) about getting a tattoo. I decided to look for inspiration around the internet and found a great gallery over at Inked, the online site for the magazine. I’m the kind of person who isn’t impressed with colorful and intricate coy fish on your arm, nor do I care about a flaming skull covering your entire back. I want to be impressed with your tattoo. What did you do that is different? The tattoos in this post have made an impression on me because of the techniques used and their interaction with the body (something I will strive for if I ever get a tattoo). Read the rest of this entry »