Creating a concise layout that people understand

lettering layout review


Getting beyond things like developing a colour palette, or choosing brushes, is developing a concise layout that your viewers will understand.

I don’t normally start my design process on the iPad. I still prefer to push a pencil around on paper when I’m working up my initial concepts. I don’t want to fiddle around with colours, layers or brushes. I want to get my thoughts down as quickly as possible. When I use my sketchbook, the most I need to do is click my mechanical pencil for more lead, and turn a page.

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Standing Desk: Not as weird as I thought.

standing desk


I’ve been battling with lower back issues for years, but in the summer of 2018 they became quite bad. I started to re-evaluate how I was working. I knew prolonged sitting isn’t good, and is stressful on the lower back. There are a myriad of studies on the dangers of prolonged sitting. As my chiropractor put it, “We’re meant to move.”

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How did 2018 measure up for me?

metal ruler


I’ve written a year (ok, 54 weeks) of consecutive, weekly blog posts. Here’s a look back on those things I thought went well, and those things I want to improve on.

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Do you need to use a terms and conditions? Yes.

white picket fence


In my pervious post, I talked about red flags to watch out for when working with clients. 

Even if no red flags show up, a terms and conditions agreement should be mandatory. Don’t go on the hope—or your “gut”—that everything will go smoothly.

It’s important to set expectations and boundaries. Sometimes things go wrong. A terms and conditions will help guide the process.

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