Creating our 2020 holiday card: Dissecting the creative process

Holiday cards have been a time-honored way for companies to reach out clients, colleagues and even competitors during a special time of year. In my work as a freelance artist over the years, I have created unique cards for hundreds of clients that express the specific message they want to communicate. And what I’ve learned…
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Taking a break

According to a recent report in Forbes magazine, the United States is the only advanced country that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time. Almost one in four Americans don’t receive any paid vacation or paid holidays, trailing far behind most of the world’s rich nations. Meanwhile, workers in Brazil lead the pack…
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You’re a Marshmallow, Tiffannie Bond

I am a Kickstarter backer and a Marshmallow. If you don’t know what either of those things are, you may not have heard of “Veronica Mars” or the Kickstarter campaign that revived the three-season-long series that went off the air seven years ago. You don’t know who killed Lilly Kane, or who really caused the…
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Creative maturity: managing your ego

Much of our lives are spent analyzing things like the environment, politics, society, economics, art, parenting, crime, war, religion, etc. The list could go on forever. But one vital thing we tend to forget to do is to acknowledge our own ego amidst our day-to-day lives. It is our ego that motivates most of our…
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“We’ll Figure it Out”

My business partner Alex Raffi has a favorite saying: “We’ll figure it out.” He says this when we’re in the middle of a particularly sticky situation; some graphic design challenge or technical compatibility issue that isn’t in the manual. (Confession: We don’t even own a manual.) We’re on a tight deadline, the client is counting…
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