Designing


Stickers for the UUA

I signed up this spring for a Unitarian Universalist media group on Facebook, for making assets to share our “good word.” Being an actual designer, the couple of samples I shared apparently went over very well, and I was hired by the curator of the UUA WorshipWeb to make a set of outreach materials for General Assembly. This is a huge deal for me! I get pretty into being UU, and having my work seen by (more…)

New UUA Brand

You may recall that I wrote a list of reactions to a wide variety of Unitarian Universalist logos from a design perspective. Not long after, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations released its new logo, in partnership with the Boston branding agency Proverb, and people started asking me what I thought of the new UUA logo. I feel this is dangerous territory for designers to get into – (more…)

DTAH Publicity Art

In moving to Blacksburg, I’ve unfortunately left behind the musical, “Death Takes A Holiday,” that First Unitarian has been working on. They’ve given me some good creative freedom in creating imagery for the show, so I took advantage of that to create what I hope might be something iconic for their production.

I started off with some snapshot reference photos (more…)

Unitarian Universalist Logo Rant

Two of my passions are logo design and UUism. I love reducing an image down to a few strokes or shapes, hopefully one with some clever meaning, and I love the little chunks of typography that go into setting a name in a hopefully unique and identifiable way. I love Unitarian Universalism’s “be excellent to each other” attitude and the passion for making the world a better, more (more…)

Go Padda!

I’ve spent most of the year at work making iOS games/apps – and after almost a year of work, Go Padda has been released! Go Padda is a physics slider game in which you race down hills to collect flies and gain speed to fly over the landscape. Touching the screen hunkers Padda down to his leaf so he’s more aerodynamic for the downhills – but slows his climb on the uphills, so (more…)

Tiled Patterns

I’ve lately discovered how much fun it is to doodle some scribbly designs and plop them in a blank Photoshop canvas, shuffle the pieces around, and make a little pattern. I did most of them in grayscale so you can just use Screen/Multiply on them. Here’s some tiled patterns I made for free download. (more…)

My Design Process

Since most people not in the industry have so little to do with making websites, and I’ve gotten some good questions about what exactly I do to make ones like in my portfolio, I thought it would be a good thing to make into a blog post!

The steps most web designers I’ve met go through with a client are as follows: (more…)

Easter Candy Buttons

I got an invitation to Dribbble.com last week! I’m super excited as I’ve been waiting on the sidelines for quite a while, hoping someone would notice me and send me an invite to the current premier watering-hole for web designers.

I was fiddling around with Photoshop and feeling springy, and I’d been looking at lots of sexy button styles for work, so this seemed (more…)