Category: Editorial

My Thoughts on Apple’s “Spring Forward” Event

Today was a big day in the technology world. Apple held a live event in San Francisco and unveiled two new products and announced a huge partnership with HBO. Since I’ve been getting calls, texts, emails, and tweets all day long about this, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the event here on my

25 Years of Photoshop: What it Means to Me

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the very first release of Adobe Photoshop. That’s right, friends, Photoshop is 25 years old. Many of you don’t remember a world without Photoshop, but I certainly do. In this article I’ll be reflecting on my history with this amazing program and how it’s shaped my life over these

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

Today was a big day for the issue known as “Net Neutrality”. President Obama started off by endorsing it, and outlining a plan on how to keep the internet free and open.   Shortly thereafter, Texas Senator Ted Cruz decided he’d issue a rebuttal via Twitter: Senator Cruz is (obviously) uneducated on the subject, and

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.

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

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

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

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

The Narrative of the Student Intrigues Me

I’m often asked why it is that I do what I do for a living. I actually don’t think we choose what we do, but more that it chooses us. However, we make the choice of whether or not to pursue that which beckons to us, and I have but one reason for doing that.