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9 Things I Learned in My First Year of Business

The first year of business is like the first year of marriage: lots of excitement; lots of learning. Starting an Austin web design company is competitive, but that also means I’m also surrounded by mentors. There’s no one way to start your own company; it’s going to...

Design It Please Turns One!

Design It Please turned one in February. To celebrate, I teamed up with C3Nami, a fellow Orange Coworking business who also turned one, and we toasted our first years. Thank you to everyone who made this possible! And a big thank you to Aviary Lounge for hosting us...

E-sign with HelloSign

Before I found HelloSign, Adobe Acrobat and I were best friends. I could make any PDF electronically fillable! This was going to change everything! There was a problem, though. I would spend all this time creating the perfect PDF form only to send it to a client and...

What Is Creativity

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect...

Inspiration for Design It Please [Vol 1]

Because we all need to keep learning, growing, and being stretched. Here's my first list of inspiration from ten different places. Thought leader and author: Seth Godin Designer and entrepreneur: Tina Roth Eisenberg Designer: Paula Scher Designer and author: Austin...

Waze vs Google Maps Throwdown [app review]

Waze vs Google Maps Throwdown [app review]

Campaign season officially kicked off last night with the first GOP debate. People argue about all sorts of things, don’t they? One thing that none of the wanna-be nominees talked about was Google Maps vs Waze. I’m honestly surprised since a lot of people have such...

Officially Presenting Design It Please!

Officially Presenting Design It Please!

I feel a bit like Rory Gilmore today as I officially unveil the new Design It Please website. Design It Please has been a dream in my head for the past few years. I've worked for people who have inspired me to be a leader and solopreneur by showing me what it means to...

Website Hosting Recommendations

One of the duties of a web designer is to offer WordPress website hosting recommendations for our clients. Choosing quality hosting is crucial for a well-performing website. Hosting is like the lot upon which you build your house--your house, being your website. If...

The Steal Like An Artist Journal

Source: The Steal Like An Artist Journal Austin Kleon is creating his own notebook! I love notebooks. I love them for sketching; I love them for journaling; I love them for songwriting. Even though some people say Moleskine quality has gone down as they've gotten...

The Creative Confessional

Looking for a place to confess your creative sins? Did you take two hours to "think creatively" yesterday, but you were really on Facebook? Do you intentionally ignore what clients say because they don't know anything anyway? Do you recycle design elements to save...

Postcards Are So (read: Can Be) Cool!!

Most postcards that I get in the mail are quite boring. It seems like they are quickly and cheaply created with more thought on the budget than creativity. I hadn't given it a whole lot of thought, though, until I was asked to design one at work last week. Initially,...

The 30 Best Movie Posters of 2012

Checkout Flavorwire's 30 best movie posters of 2012. It's, not only, an interesting trip through the movies of 2012 but also a lesson in current design practices. Below are my favs: The cleanness and beauty of the colors and lighting in this Cosmopolis photo are...

What Online Shopping Looks Like IRL

Google Analytics put together some brilliant videos to demonstrate how most online shopping experiences would translate to real life. Remember that your User Experience is just as important as your aesthetics. http://youtu.be/N5WurXNec7E http://youtu.be/cbtf1oyNg-8...

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