My First Impressions After Using Apple Pay

Today is the day I’ve been waiting for ever since Apple announced the iPhone 6. The new payment system, Apple Pay, is now live (in the United States) and it is awesome. I just used it this morning at my local Walgreens and I’m already reluctant to use anything but Apple Pay in the future. […]

How to Enable VoLTE on Your Verizon iPhone 6

I’ve been debating on whether or not to switch to Verizon for a few years now. The one thing holding me back was their inability to use voice and data at the same time (talking on the phone while checking email). However, with the launch of the iPhone 6 and Verizon’s new VoLTE network enhancements, […]

My First Week with the iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is perhaps the hottest and most controversial gadget on the market today. Whether its popularity is due to actual demand or Apple’s own hype/supply constraint is difficult to say, but nonetheless it’s a topic that a lot of people are very interested in. Because of this, I’ve decided to write up […]

How to Create Realistic Spinning Wheels in Photoshop

The 2014 version of Photoshop CC brought some really cool new features to designers and photographers alike. In this video tutorial I’ll walk you through one of my favorite new features, the Spin Blur, and show you how to create realistic spinning wheels using Photoshop CC. You must have the 2014 version of Photoshop CC […]

My Wish List for Adobe Illustrator CC

As Adobe MAX is rapidly approaching, we’re undoubtedly close to a new round of updates from Adobe for several of the Creative Cloud applications. Over the past few years I’ve become more and more involved with Adobe Illustrator CC, mostly because of my work at lynda.com, but also because it’s become my go-to application for […]

I’m Speaking at Adobe MAX 2014 in Los Angeles

Adobe MAX, the big annual conference for designers, is coming back to Los Angeles, CA in October, and I’ll be there teaching some Adobe Illustrator classes. If you’ve never been to MAX, it’s an amazing event where you can network with fellow creatives from all over the globe and learn from some of the most […]

WYSIWYG Apps Won’t Make You A Web Designer

The term web designer has lost its meaning. Nowadays any and everyone thinks they are a designer simply because they’ve put together some sort of “flat” layout using a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) tool like Adobe Muse or Macaw. While these tools are great entry-level apps for aspiring web designers, they […]

Adobe Creative Cloud Goes Down… World Doesn’t End

In case you weren’t already aware, the Adobe Creative Cloud platform went down this week, but the chagrin of many (I’m sure) the world, in fact, did not end. While I’ll admit it was unfortunate that certain services were unavailable (Typekit desktop sync, file syncing, etc.) I was still able to open all of my […]

10 Typekit Fonts Every Designer Should Sync to Their Desktop

If you’re a member of Adobe’s Creative Cloud service you now have access to hundreds of new fonts courtesy of Typekit. When it first launched, Typekit was mainly for web typography, but since being acquired by Adobe back in 2011 the service has evolved into a full-fledged desktop font solution as well. While you won’t […]

How to Find Stock Photos that Don’t Suck

As an online educator that relies on digital images for my exercise files, I’m constantly on the lookout for great stock photos for my videos. The problem is that most stock images suck. In fact, they suck out loud. Stock images have become cookie cutter and just flat out cheesy. However, recently I’ve stumbled upon […]