Annual Report Design

January 9th, 2014

I really enjoy working on Annual Report designs. They incorporate a good amount of layout design as well as a creative aspect. They are meant to tell a story about the past year and it’s nice to be able to assist in designing that story.

Above is an Annual Report design I completed at the end of 2013.

Flat Design

May 20th, 2013

I began my career in a print shop and then moved on to catalog production. For the first few years of my career I never designed anything related to the web. As I continued my career as a graphic designer I eventually started designing banner ads for the web, animated gifs, and eventually web sites. However, my heart always carried me back to print design. I have always enjoyed designing for print more than web.

Recently I’ve noticed a shift in web designs where the look is very ‘flat’. The designs could very easily be transfered to a printed piece. This flat design is quickly becoming a new trend and this trend is leading me to want to do more web design. I love this look as it is modern, easy to navigate and very trendy looking.

Here are some examples of flat web design.

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Creating Infographics

February 26th, 2013

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been happily creating infographics. It’s a process that takes time. Initially I try to start with a color palette. Choosing colors first always seems to be a good start for me. It really sets the tone and feeling of the project.

Even though these graphics take time I really enjoy creating them. Each infographic tells some sort of story with minimal text.

You can view the full version of the graphics here.

Our Disney Adventure

November 13th, 2012

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Many people thought taking our 22 month old daughter to Disney was a great idea. Others implied that she might be to young to really enjoy it. Our day at Magic Kingdom was truly one of the best days of my life and I’m prety sure Kyla enjoyed the day as much as I did.

So, is Disney to young for kids under two? Yes and No. It really depends on your child. We also travelled with my niece London who is 2 1/2. Kyla and my niece are complete opposites. I believe Kyla loved The Magic Kingdom much more than her cousin. Kyla loves rides, London does not. Kyla doesn’t mind being in the dark, London does. Kyla doesn’t mind loud noices, London does. London did enjoy meeting all the characters though. They hugged and squeezed her and she loved them back. Kyla didn’t want anything to do with the life size characters posing for photos.

If your child enjoys rides and doesn’t have a lot of fears then I think they would enjoy Disney at a young age.

Our trip to Orlando was scheduled for 7 days. The first couple days we went swimming and had activities planned but did not visit any parks. Before our trip I knew that we wanted to have a meal with the characters. I called Disney and asked what was available on the Monday we would be there. My plan was to eat breakfast with the characters outside of the park to save a little money. We ended up eating at the Polynesian Resort with Lilo & Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. It was very reasonable at $18/person and the food was good! If you’re looking to eat with the characters I highly suggest breakfast instead of dinner and eat outside of the park to save some cash that you know you’ll be spending later on!

We bought a three day hopper pass for the parks. The hopper allowed us to go in and out of any parks we wanted for three days. Our first day was spend at The Magic Kingdom. We rode the tea cups, dumbo, pirates of the caribbean, it’s a small world, winnie the poo, peter pan, the carousel (three times!), alladins magic carpet and mom and dad rode a few coasters and the haunted mansion. We also saw a 3D mickey show and the monsters inc laugh floor show. Kyla loved the mickey show even while refusing to wear the 3D glasses. I wish we would of had another day at The Magic Kingdom. I can’t wait to go back!

Our second day was spend at Hollywood Studios and The Animal Kingdom. At Hollywood studios the kids watched the mickey mouse clubhouse show and Kyla also watched the little mermaid show. Mom and Dad rode the Aerosmith coaster.

We left Hollywood studios after lunch and headed to The Animal Kingdom where we rode the safari ride, hopped on the train around the park, saw the parade and mom and dad rode everest and a dinosaur coaster. Next time I would skip Hollywood studios and spend more time at The Animal Kingdom. We missed a lot and The Animal Kingdom has more activities for younger kids.

Our third day was spent at Epcot. There wasn’t much for the kids here. They enjoyed turtle talk with crush and Kyla also rode finding nemo. As a family we rode the land boat ride and watched the circle of life film. The adults rode soarin and mission space which had the longest wait at the park. Later that day grandma took home Kyla and we enjoyed The Wine & Food Festival at Epcot. It was fantastic! We had many good beers and lots of good food. The festival ended a few days after we returned home.

The only thing Kyla hated on this trip was taking a bath. For some reason bath time was not happening. 🙂

Chalkboard Clipboard

October 24th, 2012

Kyla loves to chalk. She takes her chalk for walks, into the bathtub, for car rides, basically she never lets it go. I wanted to make sure I had a way for her to chalk on our upcoming plane ride. My thought was the chalk will keep her happy and entertained. This afternoon we went to hobby lobby and I bought a clipboard, chalkboard paint and a box a chalk.

Now we have a portable chalkboard 🙂

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Brochure Design :: Cleveland Jazz Orchestra

September 18th, 2012

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I recently had the opportunity to design the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra 2012/2013 brochure and rack card. We updated the look from last year and are excited about this season! Make sure you purchase tickets for an upcoming show.

Summer Concert Season

September 4th, 2012
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As the summer comes to an end I think about what a fabulous concert season we had in Northeast Ohio. It makes me happy to see so many bands/artists coming to this area. We have some great concert venues including The Grog Shop, Beachland Ballroom and House of Blues that I love visiting as often as possible.

It’s so hard to choose a favorite show from this summer but I’m going to have to go with Vampire Weekend at The House of Blues. Not only was it my favorite show of the summer but it’s high on my list of all time favorite concerts. The show was incredible. I feel lucky to have had the chance to see them live. The band hadn’t played a live show since 2010 and the only other concert date they scheduled this summer was the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

Some other favorites of the summer were:

Florence & The Machine Mumford & Sons Foster The People Our Lady Peace The Head and The Heart Wilco Joshua Radin

Some things you just never forget

July 25th, 2012
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Six years ago today I lost my grandpa to lung cancer. I often think about how much I miss him. Recently I thought about all the things I learned from him and how lucky I was to have such a caring thoughtful grandpa.

He taught me beer is good. Grandpa always had a PBR in his hand. Always letting me sip his beer as a kid. If you know me, you know I love beer. I think I got that from him!

He taught me how to fish. Not only how to catch the fist but how to cut off its head, gut it and cook it!

He taught me that there is a fishing lure fairy that leaves you lures in your tackle box. (I know it was him!)

He taught me that it is not ok to cry while playing golf.

He taught me how to drive a boat and it’s ok if you’re only 10 and don’t have a license.

He taught me that if you wish on a star and tell your grandpa what you wished for it will come true.

He taught me how to make pizza. I use his pizza maker all the time.

He taught me that the first thing you do when you get off the plane in Tennessee is get a fishing license.

My life is not the same without him here. I wish my daughter could have known him. I miss him every single day and I will never forget him.

Tradeshow Postcard Design

July 24th, 2012
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Recent postcard design for Predictive Service. Postcard was a follow-up to a recent tradeshow.

Thank You Cleveland Cinemas

July 18th, 2012

Thank you Cleveland Cinemas for 15 minutes of fun! I know it’s a crazy idea to take your wild 19 month old child to movie. I debated if I should even try and if it would be worth the drive to the theater. She only lasted 15 minutes but it’s ok because the movie was free. This summer Cleveland Cinemas offered free movies for kids at 10 am on select days at select theaters. Such a fun idea. FREE Summer Kids Fest offers 6 different family friendly films this summer. We attempted to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 and the last movie of the summer, Over The Hedge starts on July 24th.

When I was walking out of the theater there was a woman going on and on to the concession girl about how this information about the free movie was so hard to find on the website. She was complaining that the free movie event wasn’t advertised well enough. She stated she had to click several links to find the information. Can’t get over that someone would complain about something that is ALREADY FREE!!!!!!

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