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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…...

So You Want to Become An Independent Designer

As I have worked at becoming an independent designer on the side for many years, I thought I had an idea of what to expect from doing it full-time. However the reality is in many respects much different, in both positive and in negative ways. Yet there’s still nothing I’d rather be doing. I’ve always thought that there is now no better time than ever before to work in design. To be...

The More the Merrier

When I first started in design, the tools of the profession were—as far as I was concerned—fairly expensive. Granted, at the time I was unemployed and only had a few thousand dollars to my name, and thus every expenditure on equipment and software stung. The first computer I bought was a refurbished 2006 Mac Pro (the big cheese grater one), and while I had been running Illustrator on my old 2001...

How to Use Music With Video

If you create videos on a regular basis, you’ve no doubt discovered the importance of a great soundtrack. Usually more than anything else, the music you use will be what either sells the video on an emotional level or causes it to fall flat. The visuals are- of course- extremely important. But music has a way of connecting with your audience on a deeper level, often in ways that they don’t even...

Cloudy Day

One of the experiences I used to meet with mixed emotions was Adobe’s yearly update of its applications. It was naturally exciting to have new toys to play with, but in previous iterations it always meant opening up the wallet. Now that Adobe has moved over to its Creative Cloud subscription model, the updates lose a bit of the sting, since the total cost is spread out on a month-to-month basis...

Final Cut’s Final Cut

Over two months ago I made some predictions about the future of Final Cut Pro and the rest of the Final Cut Studio. Two weeks ago Final Cut Pro X landed and has ignited quite the firestorm within the post-production industry. On the App Store, which is the only way to get FCPX, it is currently receiving 3 out of 5 stars. (which is actually higher now than about a week ago.) A lot of words and...

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