The Vampire Test

I’m reading this creative book called Show Your Work (Austin Kleon) and the writer talks about this “Vampire Test” that can be used on people, jobs, places or hobbies, etc.

“It’s a simple way to know who you should let in and out of your life. If, after hanging out with someone you feel worn out and depleted, that person is a vampire. If, after hanging out with someone you still feel full of energy, that person is NOT a vampire. Vampires cannot be cured. Should you find yourself in the presence of a vampire…banish it from your life forever.”

This obviously made me think of 1 to 2 people and a few activities [watching too much tv! and Facebook]. How about you? What vampires do you need to “banish”?


What Does It Take To Be You?

Original poster image from, "Rosie the Riveter"

Original poster image from, “Rosie the Riveter”

Just read another great article about “talent is persistence” theme [which also reminds me of Seth Godin’s “Linchpin” chapter on  shipping it (putting your stuff out there!)]. Pardon the f- bomb at the bottom of the article, but this really is a great read from the

It brings me back to my decade’s old  question: “what does it take to be you?” My intentions for today’s blog wasn’t going to be about goals [or resolutions], but after reading the aforementioned article talk briefly about measurements and metrics [as much as I hate taking metrics for work], it’s a necessary task. We need to see where we came from and where are we going.

In my next post, I will be posting my 2014 SMART goals!

The Creative Group 2014 Salary Guide

The Creative Group’s 2014 Salary Guide is here! Check it out, especially if you’re in a creative field [such as: designer, web designer, web developer, interactive marketing manager, digital project manager, user experience (ux) designer, web content writer, etc.]. I love the coffee theme of the guide too.

You Don’t Know Where Your Work Will End Up If You Don’t Put It Out There

Friday night’s takeaway from James White // Signal Noise was this:

You don’t know where your work will end up if you don’t put it out there.

He also went on to say: Do it. Do it today or do it tomorrow, because no one is ever going to know your work, if you don’t put it out there.

I would gladly post notes, but I actually found a video of his presentation that was quite similar to Friday night. Of course, you should’ve been there! 

I’m a Graphic Designer…or am I?

Tonight’s post is a quick rant about my recent discovery of my current job title and how I’m feeling about it.

So even though my elevator pitch is “graphic designer”, I’ve come to recognize that for the last 15+ years, I’m more of a production designer. I produce someone else’s creative ideas – at least by day. By day, I mean by the companies that I’ve been employed by. Sure, some of the elements I’ve created or any input I’ve given might make it to the final design but in the end, it’s still a production that wasn’t entirely produced by me. Sometimes it’s a team effort or sometimes it’s someone else’s decision (upper management / client).

But even looking back through these years, I still call myself a graphic designer because by night (or during day breaks) is when I get to create my own designs.

So what’s really my point? I was feeling self-conscious about my job title so I wanted to justify the different kinds of designers out there. However, it is almost midnight so I will have to continue this post tomorrow.

Design Resources Global

Since yesterday’s post was about local design resources, I wanted to share some of the global design resources I use and often visit. I’ve included some web design links as well.

Coroflot – design link that posts jobs and articles

CreativeBloq – cool

Core77 – industrial design

Behance – online porfolio site that brought 99u

99u – awesome resource that encourages ACTION, especially for creatives who tend to procrastinate, like me

Red Lemon Club – designer that definitely knows his stuff and shares awesome articles

37 signals – more of a productivity site, but definitely inspiring and encouraging

ReadWrite – everything about the web and more

Alistapart – mainly web related, but a great simplified resource

Technorati – more tech and web

Design Observer – great site that showcases anything design related; great app too  

HowDesign – graphic design resource

Harvard Business Review – great business resource

FastCoDesign – Fast Company’s take on the design world

FontSquirrel – free web and print fonts

DaFont – free fonts [be mindful of the permissions]

GirlsWhoWearGlasses [their site is temporarily down, but they do have a Facebook page].

the Sartoralist – awesome photo blog by a former graphic designer turned photographer

htmlgoodies – html goodies

w3c – world wide web consortium

shuttersisters – awesome expressive photography site

ourcollective – related to shuttersisters, now has the photo calendar on their site, as well as other creative photo resources

AIGA presents James White at Blue Ion

The AIGA SC Chapter is bringing artist and graphic designer James White, to Blue Ion this Friday, November 22nd for FREE from 5sh to 9sh [according to Blue Ion’s blog]. All you have to do is RSVP! Here’s a little blurb from RefreshCHS. My favorite images from him are his DRIVE movie poster, Green Lantern “Blackest Night” poster, The Smuggler, The Scientist, and Elle. The time is from 5sh to 9sh, according to Blue Ion’s blog.