Gorni Display Font

I am always on the lookout for new, affordable tools and resources. To this end, I subscribe to several email newsletters that offer free or discounted fonts, stock photos, icons and the like each week. One of the better of these newsletters is from Fontbundles.net. Their Free Font of the Week is almost always worth grabbing, and this week’s free font is an interesting and attractive font by MaGo Fonts, called Gorni.

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A versatile display face, featuring many uniques swashes and a full compliment of small caps, Gorni would work nicely for logos, invitations, poster and much more. I got it for free as a Fontbundles.net Free Font of the Week subscriber, but at only $15, it’s a real steal. Check out Gorni at Fontbundles.net.

Finding Inspiration on Craigslist

You can find a lot of things on Craigslist – a car, a sofa, a slightly-used copy of of Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo Gamecube, maybe even true love. But did you know that you can also find abundant design inspiration there?

Much has been written about the pros and cons of constantly seeking out inspiration as a designer. Some say that the continual search for creative spark in other’s work will make our own work stale and derivative, simply parroting the prevailing design trends. Others counter that there is truly nothing new under the sun, and everything comes from something else, the trick being to take inspiration from something and make it your own.

I tend to fall into the latter camp, maintaining a sizable Evernote notebook of web clippings that have struck me as particularly interesting. I don’t, however, limit my inspiration mining to the typical places like Dribbble, ffffound, and Designspiration. One of the more unusual places I find things that inspire me is Craigslist. Continue reading

Site Rebuild Update

Just a quick update to this post about me rebuilding the site. I have almost gotten everything back in order, and have added a portfolio page (actually the front page), along with some projects that had not been there previously. I will continue to add projects and posts on a semi-regular basis. Thanks!

Photo Friday, “SF Bay Split Tone”

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The original, unedited shot.

This is a shot of San Francisco Bay. The original was shot on color slide film, but was almost monochrome, due to the gray, misty northern California weather. I decided to convert it to black and white, but it still lacked something. So, I tried a split-toning technique in Photoshop, which definitely added some much needed contrast and a little drama to the shot.

The Evolution of Political Campaign Logos

I must admit that I grew weary of the current political campaign season a long time ago. But, while the campaign itself no longer interests me much, one that that does interest me is political campaign logos. I have long been interested in the psychology behind their design, how they do or do not influence voters, and the common themes among them.

Just in time for the big push to Election Day, Shawn Cheris has written a piece on Web Designer Depot that delves into these topics and more. Check it out at Web Designer Depot.