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Category Archives: Creative

A Personal Touch With Real Patient Photos

The stock photo rut. Many designers have been there and few have escaped with their sanity. Hours and hours can be spent clicking through endless pages of photos in search of the perfect model image for a new Web design. Age, hair color, skin tone, clothing (or lack thereof), facial expressions, and setting are all things taken into consideration, and… Continue Reading

How to Shoot Great Staff Photos for Your Website

Deciding to have a plastic surgery procedure is a huge decision for anyone, and finding a doctor who makes people feel safe and comfortable is a top priority. Potential patients can spend months scouring dozens of plastic surgeon websites looking for the perfect fit. While an impressive curriculum vitae and extensive patient photo gallery can attract business, it can take… Continue Reading

Boston Marathon Project Heal, Logo Development

Developing a typographic logo is a challenge to express an idea, in this case a cause, thorough the structure and quirks of letterforms. For this piece, the city of Boston provided the inspiration. From its expressive sports team logo marks to the vernacular lettering and rich history, a multitude of display faces were available to learn from. Paired with this… Continue Reading

UI & UX

User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) are terms thrown around involving the “look and feel” of websites, but understanding their difference and their interaction is vital to the creation of a successful website. Both apply broadly to human-machine interaction and both can decide how users not only find information, but also how they perceive it. The Basics As computers… Continue Reading

Lettering Logos

A graphic mark or emblem used by a business, organization, or individual to assist and promote quick visual recognition. Since the advent of desktop publishing the demand and recognition of lettering for logos has waned and yet as the digital world is cluttered with generic fonts and logos, those unique and custom drawn marks stand apart. Fonts versus Lettering A… Continue Reading

Typography Worth Celebrating

For the launch of the new site, a typographic hero graphic was needed to celebrate the company’s 10 year anniversary. Exploring a few initial styles, I settled on a calligraphic approach and excitedly broke out my sketchbook, pencils, and calligraphy pens. Following this, its digitization brought challenges but also the ability to freely adjust spacing, weight, and color. For the… Continue Reading

Responsive Sites for a Mobile World

Before the use of mobile devices was as common as it is now, we would build a website either to be viewed on a desktop computer or to be visited via mobile devices. Yes, you can view the desktop site on your phone, but all of the content is tiny and it’s hard to navigate throughout the site, which leads… Continue Reading

Iconography 101

Along with the redesign of the Etna blog, graphics were needed to represent abstract topics from Google SEO to online product launches. Instead of using an assortment of stock photography, flat icon or symbol graphics similar to those used elsewhere on the site were opted for. From direct, text driven graphics to metaphors and playful interpretations, I made custom icons… Continue Reading