As my time in the the design industry marches on, and as I continue to pile more and more diverse projects onto my resume, I’ve attained certain viewpoints on the industry as a whole, and on the thinking behind what we call ‘graphic design.’
Early on, if I envied any attribute that I saw in more seasoned designers, it was their wisdom. Design wisdom allows us to be more efficient with our work, and to arrive upon the best solution quicker. Solutions that once took layers of second-guessing, worry, and confusion now come much quicker and simpler, with a far more impressive end-result. The wise designer makes things look so easy. Continue reading
I am completely thrilled to be featured by Visual Supply Co, one of the coolest new collection of resources for creatives. I love the entire vibe and philosophy behind VSCO, and am honored to be asked a few interview questions for their site. Please take a look at the full interview at VSCO.
Despite being viewed by many as an extremely positive person, I often find myself faced by days where creativity and excitement just stops. While yesterday may have been extremely productive and positive, today may leave me frustrated, irritable, and utterly confused about who I am as a designer, and who I am as a person. If my schedule allows, I tend to use this as a signal to get out of my office, and decompress. As projects pile up, I find my big, exciting ideas for the future often getting smashed under the more immediate tasks. It leaves me stressed, and in turn, uninspired and uncreative.
I’m very excited to have a few logos and logotypes included in the book Los Logos 6. The book should be released in mid-September.
Big thanks for Chris Green for interviewing me for the Freelance Unleashed website. Go check out the interview, and some of my thoughts on freelance in general.
“Doing what you love is a fight – an ongoing battle against every influence that wants you to conform. There is no solace in the conformity, only a blurred view of what you set out to be. Spend your life creating something. Betray The Institution.”
This manifesto of mine adorns every package that ships out of Dark Collar Art Co. T-Shirts, Posters, Prints, etc — this is the best way I can assure you that what you’re getting is from me, and that you can get an idea of my general point-of-view. This manifesto is the easiest way for me to sum up who I am, and who I hope to stay. Continue reading
The Racing Machetes Store Is Open – Go pick up some tees!
As many can assume, I’ve been intending on putting out my own t-shirt lines for quite some time. After doing thousands of designs for bands, I’ve gotten quite antsy to roll out some labels of my own. Continue reading
I’m not one to sulk, and I do my best to not be one to complain. I pride myself on pushing things forward, and convince myself, regularly, that my situation is ideal. There are a lot of mind tricks one must master in order to have success in self-employment, and I’ve employed plenty of them over the course of my career.
I first started getting paid regularly to design graphic tees for bands in 2002. This year marks a decade of doing this sort of work. Early on, I ran off the sheer excitement of what I was creating, and the quest to be able to create better and better work. Around every corner, there was excitement, and my eyes were continually opened to work that other designers were doing, that completely blew me away. I couldn’t get enough, and my bag of tricks was teeming with ideas that I had that I hadn’t yet worked into a project.
Big thanks to
@BrentGalloway for sharing a photo of his mail-order goods. Glad they got there safely. Pick ’em up in the store. store.darkcollar.com
Wow. What an amazing opening couple of days to the webstore. I was overwhelmed with the quick attention that it received. I’m happy. So happy, that I’ve sliced all of the prices. Go buy stuff.