pukka \puhkuh\

1. Authentic; genuine.
2. Superior: first-class.






burgeon \BUR-juhn\

1. To grow or develop quickly; flourish.
2. To begin to grow or blossom.

transitive verb:
1. To put forth, as buds.

1. A bud; sprout.





I’ve realized these past few years that I basically have two styles that I love to incorporate within my designs:

01] The modern look. I love Helvetica Neue (Thin), 0.5 pt lines, light gray and lots and lots of white space.

02] The vintage style. This includes both the WPA poster style and letterpress look. I love this kind of stuff. This is the art that I collect. The inspiration that I look for and drool over when I find it. Living in East Tennessee and having connections with Nashville, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience two amazing letterpress shops – YeeHaw Industries in Knoxville and Hatch Show Print in Nashville. Both shops have traveling exhibits right now which I highly recommend you check out.

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Last week, my good friend Allie and I decided to start a photo project based on the idea from Photojojo. We’ve decided to take Dictionary.com’s word of the day every Tuesday, take a photo we feel represents the definition of that word, and post the photos side-by-side for your viewing pleasure. It’s a good exercise in getting out, taking pictures and telling a story. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 29th

1. Serving to help or assist; auxiliary.
2. Assisting in the prevention, amelioration, or cure of disease.
1. A person or thing that aids or helps.
2. Anything that aids in removing or preventing a disease, esp. a substance added to a prescription to aid the effect of the main ingredient.
3. Immunology. a substance admixed with an immunogen in order to elicit a more marked immune response.






Part of Scott Kellum's beautiful portfolio.

Second in my series is all about the portfolio. This is definitely an area that I am still learning about and I can only give you basic advice on what to do and not do. A few things to think about before you even start to put yours together:

01] How do you want to sell yourself? You may have had classes in just about every area of art, but what are your strengths and what kind of job are you going after? A potential art director may or may not care about your printmaking experience. 

02] Are you planning on showing your personality through your work? This is an interesting aspect of the portfolio that I haven’t ever addressed myself. Your personality can be shown through your actual pieces and also how the pieces are presented. My current art director spent countless hours on a beautiful style guide for his portfolio, which included custom boards that sit in their own tin. You can spend $50 on a black, zippered case like me and plop work in (because you don’t have time, money, ideas, etc.), and you can also make your portfolio unique. If you go the second route, make sure you are able to justify why you did what you did. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright SOCIALisBETTER from flickr.


Last week I had the privilege of being a part of an interview team here at work. I got to sit in while a recent graduate showed her work and answered our questions. I was so pumped from the experience that I’ve decided to write a three-part series about what I’ve learned just from my short time as an interviewer. Granted, my insights are purely mine and may not reflect the other talented individuals in my field. Feel free to edit/add to this advice as you see fit.

Part I in the series is The Resume. This is what gets you in the door. I’ve written a bit on this subject before, but I wanted to get a little more detailed and list the DOs and DON’Ts of creating a resume. Keep in mind this list is for mostly for recent graduates, but experienced professionals need to remember a few of these bits as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Image by jonathanpberger via creative commons license

My Amazon wish list has grown exponentially in the past week. All because of that page that pops up after you add one thing to your list – other recommendations. Gets me every time. The books below, I’ve noticed, help sum up who I am as a designer and what I love. There are two sides to my design life: the aesthetic me, who loves to look at pictures, and the metaphysical me who wants to find meaning in what I do.



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