Make Yourself Irreplaceable With A Limited Skillset

It doesn’t always pay to be the Lone Ranger. Sometimes our skills just aren’t up to par, that’s when we need to follow this advice. Continue reading Make Yourself Irreplaceable With A Limited Skillset


Disgusting Advance in Printing Technology

When I was in sixth grade or so, apparel with color changing properties was popular… for all of about five minutes. The way this worked is the color would change based on body heat, so areas where your skin was in direct content with the fabric would turn a different color than those areas that weren’t. You can imagine how interested and potentially disgusting this could be. These “mood outfits” quickly went away, thankfully like most things popular in the 80’s, but they seem to have spawned something interesting, but in a bad way. Continue reading Disgusting Advance in Printing Technology

Is it possible to be JUST a Graphic Designer?

I know that asking this question is opening a can of worms that some might think is best left alone, however it’s become a question I increasingly ask myself, and therefore, think it’s worth discussing.

I know many designers that think of themselves as strictly print designers. Their work all points in this direction, however they are occasionally approached to do something like web design, illustration or animation. While some of us look at this as extra work and would gladly take it on, a few see it almost as an insult to their profession.

So is it really possible to simply be a designer and nothing else? Continue reading Is it possible to be JUST a Graphic Designer?

Adobe’s Mobile App Evolution

Adobe has always been a frontrunner when it comes to design software. Their Creative Suite is the standard for designers all over the world. It stands to reason they would get in on the mobile app game early.

Adobe released their first illustration app, Adobe Ideas, in 2010. Since then, designers have been patiently waiting for the day Photoshop would become truly mobile. Continue reading Adobe’s Mobile App Evolution

New Direction of Blog

For all of those students that still read the blog, I’ve decided to remove the old assignment-related posts since they are no longer relevant. Besides, all of you kept your notebooks, right? I did keep a few posts that related more to the behavior of items in the software rather than assignment particulars.

From here on this blog will stick to tutorials, app reviews, design-related links, and things I find interesting in the wide world of design. If you have any specific requests, contact me via the Contact page or my website,


Stats for Current Browser Displays

I’ve been designing websites for several years now. Long enough to remember 800 x 600 pixels was the dominant browser display size when I started.

I was curious what the current standard is and started poking around online to find some info.  After a bit of a lengthy search (many of the links date back as far as 2001), I finally found it.

Answer: There really isn’t one.  It’s kinda spread out all over the place. W3 schools has some current as well as past statistics on this very subject. It might help you in your design decision-making. W3 Schools – Browser Display Statistics