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Cold Rain & Weather

I got home in time last night to hear 2 more snow storms are headed towards the Northeast coast – the place I called home for my first 20 years. Here in Georgia, we’ll escape with just rain, which is welcome considering a year ago yesterday was when icemaggedon happened. Spence and I both walked home that day even though (at the time) we only lived 5 minutes from work. I can’t believe it’s already been a year! I’m feeling for my friends and family up north, shoveling heavy snow is no joke! Here’s looking forward to better weather soon. Stay safe + warm this weekend! See you next week :)

8 handmade fonts to add to your collection

8 Handmade Fonts to Add to Your Collection

I think this blog makes it pretty obvious I’m a big fan of anything handmade :) And I loveeee typography – it’s the reason I got into design in the first place. So, if we put those two together, we get this post! Handmade fonts are gaining popularity in a big way, especially on Creative Market (the best seller from all of last year was a handmade font!). So here are 8 handmade fonts to add to your collection, all of which happen to be super affordable, too! Read more…

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5 Free One Page Website PSDs

One page websites have gotten really popular these days! When I got hired at my current job, I split my time between design + working production for the first year. During that time, I looked at a lot of designers’ files and it taught me sooo much. My point to saying this is – even if you’re not looking to code up a psd, just download one or two of these 5 free one page website psds and check them out. Digging into even one file could inspire and even help with learning how to design your own. Read more…

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Create a Retro Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Happy Tuesday! In this week’s tutorial, we’ll create a retro text effect in Adobe Photoshop from scratch, inspired by the 80’s. I’m also giving away the exact style we create as an .asl file (layer style file) and in the tutorial I’ll show you how to save your own layer style and install it so you can have the exact settings that were mentioned. So it’s a 2 for one this week! Tutorial + freebie :) Read more…

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On Tough Days…

The last couple of weeks have had their fair share of difficult moments. Most of them stem from having a broken hand and the stress of finishing up a major project at work with one hand. Read more…

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Typins: 02

Welcome to Typins #2! This post is where I share my recent favorite typography pins from pinterest. Here are 8 inspiration-inducing pins to get your type on ;) Read more…

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5 Affordable Wacom Tablets

I remember when I received my first Wacom tablet in the mail. I was filled with pure excitement to finally interpret my doodles directly on screen. The brush tool in both Illustrator and Photoshop immediately became my favorite thing. Since then, I’ve used the tablet to create lettering professionally, edit detailed photography, and apply a hand drawn feel to other projects. As a designer, you typically think ‘expensive’ when you hear the word Wacom. Maybe because they’re known to be the best brand of tablets for designers that money can buy, but you’d be surprised to find out an affordable Wacom is within reach! So, if you’ve never owned a tablet before and you’ve always wanted to draw, edit or doodle on screen, it can be done for less than $100. Seriously! Read more…

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Freebie: Vector Flourishes + Frame Elements

As Spence and I continue brainstorming our wedding invites but sooner than that – our save the dates, I’ve had invitations on the brain a lot lately. It’s so much harder (but so rewarding!) when you’re designing something for yourself! This past weekend I ended up designing a whole set of flourishes + frames in my pursuit to exhaust every option :)

My flourish extravaganza has led to this week’s freebie: a set of vector flourishes and frames for Illustrator, CS3 or newer.

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2 Fonts to Increase Your Text Drive: Haymaker + Roper

It’s always a good idea to have some reliable fonts in your arsenal with a bit of character – in this case retro flair – and that’s just what Haymaker + Roper provide. While Haymaker offers users a pay-what-you-want option, it’s limited with weight and texture. That’s where Roper comes in. Roper’s similar in style, but is packed with options, and at $12 a pop for any version you’re looking for, it’s affordable too. Read more…

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Choose Color for Any Project in 3 Steps

Happy Tuesday! I’ve gotten a few requests lately on how I choose color when I’m designing, so this week, I thought I’d share my process which consists of 3 easy, but important steps. Read more…