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Portfolio Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague!

As a designer, your portfolio is one of the most important things you can develop since it gives potential clients and employers a glimpse of what you can do and how (and if) you can help bring value to their organization. However, there are some pretty common mistakes that you can make with your portfolio that can lessen its impact. Avoid these like the plague! 1. Burying Your Work Under A Bunch...

Dealing With Yourself as a Designer: Comparison

I don’t know if this ever happens to you, but sometimes I tend to get stuck in these little negative feedback loops wherein everything everyone else does is awesome and everything I do is awful. It usually happens innocently enough; I’m browsing Vimeo or Dribbble looking for inspiration, or I see some sort of featured piece in an email, and I am overcome by this revelation of awesomeness that...

Dealing With Yourself as a Designer: Self-Doubt

There are a lot of designers that I look up to, and every time I see their most recent work I often feel a tinge of jealousy. The pieces they create are so amazing, and not only do I wish I could design like that, but I also wish that I had the self-confidence that I presume they do. It’s easy to contrast that with the struggles I often feel trying to be creative, or the lack of confidence I feel...

Line Starburst Animation

For a recent project I was wanting to create a line-based starburst animation with varying segments within the line “bursts.” The animation is pretty straightforward, but I didn’t really want to spend much time on the artwork itself. Fortunately, using the Transform and Path Erase tools make this process pretty quick and effortless. Check out the video for the whole process that...

Things I’ve Learned As An Independent Designer

Not far into my career as a designer, I realized that I had aspirations to work for myself as an independent designer. In the nebulous stages of thought it seemed like a dream full of non-stop fun and creativity, and what designer wouldn’t want that? Of course, when you are dreaming anything is possible, and the not so fun aspects of reality never seem to cloud that fantasy. But once you...

Worship is a Duty

One of my favorite Advent songs is also one of the most ancient: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Its composition and use dates from at least AD 275, although the most commonly used melodic setting is the well-known Picardy. Be sure to listen to one of the following renditions: As I was pondering the lyrics, I noticed that they seemed to form a conjunction with other thoughts I had been having...

Design Trends for 2017

As an opening caveat I will note that I have no Magic 8-Ball into the future of design trends, although if I did it would probably always say “Don’t Count on It.” Nor am I by any means a trendsetter, as my inimitable fashion sense would no doubt make clear to any one. To be fair, through, I don’t wear socks with sandals. I mean, my sandals are way too tight for that…...

Against Being Nice

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:15-16) “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?Therefore I am sending...

When Worship Gives You Pneumonia

A metaphor that is often used of the church is that of a hospital. The idea as I understand it (and as it’s usually presented) basically comes down to this: the church is meant to be a place where broken people come to find healing, which means of course that the church is going to be full of broken people. As a metaphor there is certainly nothing objectionable about any of that, as such a...

Count to Infinity

Perhaps the most famous of the many variegated proofs for God’s existence is St. Anselm’s so-called Ontological Argument. The gist of it is as follows: God is “that than which nothing greater can be conceived”. In other words, if in one’s mind one attempted to contemplate something greater than God, the very definition of what the word “God” entails means that one has not yet come to an...

Church Marketing Doesn’t Suck (And That’s Probably a Bad Thing)

Having worked in church marketing for much of my career, it can be without a doubt a very mixed bag as far as the quality of the marketing is concerned. From complete misunderstandings of one’s market to the downright cringe-worthy, it’s effortless to multiply examples of just how bad church marketing can be. (The actual reality is that secular marketing is just as prone to being awful, but when...

How To Have A Useless Career

I was recently involved in an interesting discussion regarding some of the most “useless” majors one can study in college. Of note is that this discussion took place in a community devoted to all things visual media, and of course visual media related majors (art, fine art, studio art, photography, video production, etc.) perennially make top ten lists of most useless majors. For those of us in...

Pharisaic Sexual Iconoclasm

This past week I saw this opinion piece making its rounds on social media, with a fine click-baity headline: Sex and the single Christian: Why celibacy isn’t the only option. I found some of the premises interesting, albeit not in the slightest bit convincing, with the argument ultimately logically ending in the reduction of human beings and their sexual relationships to that of bodily pleasure...

After Effects Wishlist

Ever since I first jumped headfirst into After Effects back in 2010, the application has gotten better and better. However, as with any piece of software that one works with on a day-to-day basis, there are always those “I really wish I could do this!” moments or “Wouldn’t it be great if Ae had this!” functionality privations. What follows is an entirely-subjective-and-likely-applicable-only-to...

Telling the Truth

In today’s Old Testament reading, we read about Jeremiah being thrown into the cistern after prophesying the doom of Jerusalem. Most of the times I have read this story my focus has been on Jeremiah. But in the reading I took note of the other characters: a Cushite named Ebed-Melek, who saved Jeremiah’s life, and Zedekiah, a cowardly king who came to a bitter end. The situation was this:...

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