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 […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Photoshop Workflow

I’m often asked by people who watch my courses, “how do I get better at Photoshop?” While the question itself could literally spawn thousands of answers, there are a few things that every person can do to improve their overall efficiency when working with a program as vast as Photoshop. In this article I’ll give […]

Now is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

What are you passionate about? Building websites? Designing clothes? Playing golf? No matter what your answer is, you are fortunate enough to live in a world where you can take that passion and turn it into a career. Don’t believe me? Just look at all the entrepreneurs and solopreneurs out there right now that are […]

Words of Wisdom from Steve Jobs [infographic]

Steve Jobs is one of the most influential and controversial figures in history. He’s best known as the co-founder of Apple, Inc. and the consummate showman that took that stage at countless Apple product announcements. In addition to being a technology visionary, Jobs was also extremely insightful and gave us several memorable quotes throughout his […]

Instagram Direct. What it is, and Why it Could be Huge for Brands

Last week Instagram announced a new feature to its mobile application called Direct. The feature itself is more or less a way to send direct private messages to individuals or groups along with photos and videos that you take/edit with the app. While initially it may seem like this would have minimal impact for brands using […]

WordPress 3.8 — What You Need to Know

WordPress was just updated to version 3.8 and all I can say is… Wow! If you’ve not updated your site yet you can do so either from your Dashboard or by downloading the new version via WordPress.org and updating manually. In this article I’ll discuss some of the new features of WordPress 3.8 and give […]

You are a Person — and a Brand

I recently read an article by Andy Welfie on Medium entitled You are Not a Brand — You are a Person. At first, I didn’t think much of it, because it seemed as though it was yet another cynical asshole trying to diminish the modern world of advertising because (as he sees it) it’s just a […]