DESIGN@WORK

Connecting the dots between business and design.

What, No Blogging in May?

Here we are at the end of May already! Phew, it’s been a busy and fulfilling month @ work — so much that I did not have any spare time to write the blog. I was super busy being the a new business owner and your design consultant as I worked with my partners to launch our new enterprise The Dog Studio at the National Stationery Show in New York last week. This was a unique experience mostly because aside from designing our greeting cards, … Continue reading

Inspiration: 10 Great Business Card Ideas

Aren’t you so bored of your 3.5″ x 2″ 4-color business card? Well, let’s push it out of the rectangle! Print doesn’t get much attention in these days of the Interwebs and Facebooks, but there are a few places where putting the effort into something really unique is worth it. Especially if you actually hand your business card to another person, making it remarkable will make you memorable. Here are some inspiring examples. See more … Continue reading

Introducing The Dog Studio

A fresh approach to greeting cards and social stationery for dog lovers. I’m excited to finally share my big news with you! For the past few months, I’ve been working hard at starting up an exciting venture with my sister, renown dog photographer Amanda Jones, and my brother-in-law Chris Jones. Our new company, The Dog Studio, pairs Amanda’s stunning dog portraits with my enthusiasm for beautiful design to create contemporary stationery and cards — and … Continue reading

The Workshop Workshop: “Facilitation by Design”

This week I attended a workshop on…workshops. A part of AIGA’s Design for Good initiative, “Facilitation by Design” was led by service design superstar Renna Al-Yassini of user experience firm Adaptive Path. With loads of experience under her belt leading diverse groups to successful solutions, Renna led us through her process of how to prepare and execute a productive collaborative session… Continue reading

Launching a Film for a Great Cause: The Noble Spirit

I’m going to tell you a little story that helps explain why I haven’t posted in several weeks. On a beautiful, sunny but windy day in July, I was sitting on a beach in Rowena, Oregon, with my laptop working, of course (what else would I be doing on a beach?), when an older gentleman in a wetsuit sat down near me. Near enough to say hello and ask me what I was working on. … Continue reading

Infographic: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Greetings from Savannah, Georgia, on this St. Patrick’s Day! Savannah hosts a huge St. Pat’s celebration, expecting 300,000 people this year. Despite the rainy day, I can attest to the throngs of partiers in green hats! For fast facts in St. Pats, check out the “St. Patrick’s Day by the Numbers” infographic below … Continue reading

Step 3: Translating Brand into Visual Identity

Here we are at the point where the rubber hits the road in the brand development process. We’ve learned all about your company and described your brand in detail. This is the arty part: creating an identity that reflects all the chatter. Between the core values and the personality we’ve defined for your brand, we usually have an idea of the general direction the creative needs to go. In the case of Green Jay below, we … Continue reading

Infographic: Apple vs. Google

A great side-by-side comparison of two technology giants by Great Business Schools. Interesting to see how they each to certain things more successfully, but both have also had their failures. Most striking is the difference in the perception of security between iOS and Android — Apple is winning that battle. Also, Apple apps makes almost five times the revenue of Google apps with one quarter of the market share! Personally, I am too invested in Apple products … Continue reading

Working with Images: Hi-Res vs. Lo-Res

Lots of times, we get sent images that are too small, or “lo-res” (short for low-resolution) to use for print. Here’s a helpful guide to understand the difference between using lo-res and hi-res images. The first step to knowing the difference between high-resolution and low-resolution images is to understand what DPI means. DPI stands for ‘dots per inch’ which is a measure of the individual dots that can be placed in a line within the … Continue reading

New Work: Green Jay Landscaping

Green Jay Landscaping called me in need of some help refining their brand and identity design. While the company had been founded a year before, the logo their web design company had created didn’t quite hit the mark in reflecting their brand. While there are always budgetary concerns when starting up a new business, it’s important to get the brand and design straight right off the bat. In any case, we kicked the project off … Continue reading