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Meeting The World's Most Famous Plumber

We receive hundreds if not thousands of emails a day. Most selling you the best deal of the day or announcing a hot new release. I am no exception, and most of the email I receive ends up in the trash. One email seemed to catch my attention and I actually open it. An AIGA invite to a Paula Scher book signing.

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Graphic Designers Holiday Wishlist 2017

This isn’t your average holiday wishlist. It’s that time of the year when we think about our fellow family, friends, colleagues, and designers. Show them how we appreciate them and go out and get them something meaningful, helpful, or flashy. It’s the one year anniversary for the blog and last year’s list divided gifts into price ranges. This year’s list will be divided by function. Take a minute, relax, and get ready to pick your favorites for this holiday season.  

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Making The Most of The Hardware

When smart devices entered the market they opened the capabilities of what we could do with a phone. When Apple introduced the App Store it completely revolutionizedwhat we were able to do with a smartphone. It allowed developers to create apps that utilized the new found power in each of our pockets. In order to be a remote worker you need to have the proper hardware, but it doesn’t stop there. Software is the key to harnessing the hardware to create something great. The following list is a collection of apps I think any remote worker or business owner should be without.

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The Future of iOS is Now

Two weeks ago Apple launched iOS 11 ahead of the iPhone 8 release. This is an exciting time for most iPhone and iPad owners because it is usually when we gets some new features and an updated look. Apple has been consistent with the design of iOS. They overhauled the look of iOS back with the release of iOS 7, and since then there have been incremental changes. This year is a little different.

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Tools of the Trade

Being a remote worker can present certain problems that aren’t as prevalent in an office setting. Including everything from WiFi connectivity to actual mobility. This list goes over some of the best tools for a mobile designer or any remote warrior for that matter.

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The Game Changer

Since the introduction of tablets and Palms back in the 90's the devices were touted as a way to help people with productivity. I remember having a palm pilot that I used religiously. Back then cell phones were just cell phones and most of the inputs on your digital device were through buttons or a stylus. In 2009 Apple’s Steve Jobs hosted an event to reveal the iPad.

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A Life Made Simple:

A month ago I created a list of my top ten dream items for the studio. One of the gadgets I was looking for was a simple Bluetooth headset. I wasn’t new to Bluetooth headsets myself owning both headsets and speakers in the past and they worked okay. They had issues connecting at times or it was a lengthy process if you wanted to pair it to a different device. I have known about the AirPods for a while, but not being a fan of Apple’s EarPods I wasn’t excited about an exact replica without the wires.

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The Chat

This is the first episode of The Chat, a monthly interview with fellow creatives about their business, inspiration, and anything that comes to mind--all while having a drink...or two. We met with Content Creator Karen Livecchia about her process and inspirations.

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Studio Makeover Top Ten Dreamlist:

5:00 AM: The vibration from my watch alarm, and not being ready to get up I fit my snooze button. Seven minutes later my iPhone rings with the Agents of Shield Overture, waking me up a bit more, and filling me up with a bit more energy.  The lights in the studio dimly turn on to a teal color and after making some coffee, I head into the studio. I usually start by turning on my Mac, waking up my iPads,  and catching up on a bit of news.

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Travel Redesigned: The Kayak iOS app undergoes a facelift.

Whenever I take a trip I use the Kayak app to search for flights and hotels to get a general idea of the trips costs. This October I’m planning to travel to Las Vegas to attend The Adobe Max Conference for the first time ever and I’ve been using Kayak’s trip planner section of the app. A few weeks ago there was an update that changed the look of the app.

Until now the app icon was a flip board style K with a flat orange background. I didn’t mind it because it was a cool play on an old airport/train station info board. The K was almost a full bleed to the square icon.

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A Blast from The Past: SyFy channel turns 25 and celebrates with a retro-style rebranding.

Oh the 1980’s, a time of hot colors, acid washed jeans, and big hair. It is a time that Science Fiction movies really started to to become bigger budget films. Back to The Future, The Empire Strikes Back, Tron, E.T., and Aliens made way to the 90’s blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, and The Matrix. Back in 1992 the SyFy channel started with science-fiction movies at the heart of their programming.  The original logo was a planet resembling Saturn with the word SciFi to the right of the form.

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Designer Diary: June 1-June9

I have been really testing out this new app and I must say that it is a great experience so far. My main thought here is to reflect on my day and the projects I have worked on and use this as a log of my work experiences and events I encounter as a graphic designer and business owner. It is something new I am starting to implement into my business blog. An introspective look at the inner working of the agency along with some day to day activities.

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It's 2017: 6 New Year's Resolutions for Graphic Designers

Happy New Year! It's 2017 and it's time to make those dreaded resolutions that you know past March, you most likely won't be keeping up with. Well as an entrepreneur and designer I am always ready to grow and build my business. I have six great resolutions that will be really beneficial to keep and they're also very rewarding.

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Why Do I Need a Graphic Designer?

As a small business owner funds can be extremely limited during the first years in business and most are using their own funds. With technological advancements some companies have released do-it-yourself options that create a low cost alternative to having a project professionally designed. Most small business owners don't see anything wrong with this, but there are three reasons why you still need a designer.

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A Designer's Holiday Wishlist

Designers can be difficult to shop for sometimes. They love quality and functionality, but also despise excess. Here is a list of gift ideas that will have the designer in your life feeling happy and appreciated.

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Seven ways the iPad Pro is making me a more efficient designer:

For a while I was skeptical about using an iPad Pro as my go to road warrior, but recently some key apps have been optimized to utilize the Pro's power and extra screen real estate. As a designer I need certain desktop performance applications to properly perform my job, most of which are Adobe applications. Adobe has really stepped up their game in terms of mobile and there are other app developers that are also doing some exciting things, making my iPad Pro my go to tool even more often. I have listed the top SEVEN ways the iPad Pro is making me a more efficient graphic designer.

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