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Award Ceremony Branding—FNIH Lurie Prize

Award Ceremony Branding—FNIH Lurie Prize

Each year, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health honors an exceptional young scientist in the field of biomedical sciences with The Lurie Prize. The annual Lurie Prize award ceremony is the FNIH's premier event. It brings together some of the foremost...

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Tip: Event Program Ad Space

Tip: Event Program Ad Space

How to make the most of event program ad space A little tip for event professionals who sell advertising in their event program. If your program is saddle-stitched, there are 4 premier ad spaces: back cover inside front cover inside back cover center spread The center...

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InDesign Tips and Tricks — How to Hang Quotes

InDesign Tips and Tricks — How to Hang Quotes

I think all designers are innately perfectionists which is probably not entirely healthy. That said, there are a lot of typography missteps that make me cringe when I see them. (See my earlier post on the subject.) One type faux pas that is particularly...

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Clients Are Allies Not Enemies

Clients Are Allies Not Enemies

Back when I was a young designer straight out of school, I used to get so offended when clients would have something negative to say about my work. It was one thing to have a fellow designer or professor critique my work...but a client? What do they know about design?...

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Typography Tips and Tricks–Curly Vs. Straight

Typography Tips and Tricks–Curly Vs. Straight

Did you know there's a difference between curly and straight? I'm not talking about hair...haha! I'm talking about typography. It's somewhat simple—apostrophe's are curly, foot marks are straight. Quotes are curly, inch marks are straight. People get it wrong all the...

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InDesign Tips and Tricks–Importing Text

InDesign Tips and Tricks–Importing Text

InDesign Tips & Tricks: Importing Text 18 APRIL, 2017 graphic design Welcome to my first installment of a series I'm calling "Indesign Tips and Tricks." I've had years (and years and years) of experience importing and formatting text. When I started my career as a...

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Beach Blue Watercolor Wedding Styled Shoot

Beach Blue Watercolor Wedding Styled Shoot

After a really tough week, this stunning styled shoot is just what I needed to get psyched for spring and summer. I'm envisioning myself with my toes in the sand, a cocktail in hand and in total relax mode. With beautiful blues in the color palette, I designed the...

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The Art of Opening Credits Design

The Art of Opening Credits Design

Whether I'm watching a movie or binging on my latest Netflix obsession, those of you who know me well know that I totally geek out over beautiful opening credits. What were once just a boring list of names, the design of opening credits has become an art form. Thanks...

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2017 Chef’s Best Fundraiser Logo

2017 Chef’s Best Fundraiser Logo

A little drumroll...I’m thrilled to unveil the logo for Food & Friends’ 27th annual Chef’s Best Dinner and Auction which takes place June 19, 2017 at the gorgeous Marriott Marquis Washington DC. The elegant evening offers delicious dishes created by local...

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Favorite Font Friday 3-10-17 Mrs. Eaves

Favorite Font Friday 3-10-17 Mrs. Eaves

Welcome back to my Favorite Font Friday series! This cute little serif font is called Mrs. Eaves. It's super versatile with a bold, italic as well as petite and small caps. There is something very friendly and approachable about it. The letterforms have a smaller...

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Favorite Font Friday 3-3-17 Didot

Favorite Font Friday 3-3-17 Didot

Welcome back to my Favorite Font Friday series! The font showcased above is an elegant typeface called Didot. It was created by the Didots, a French family of type designers, in the late 18th to early 19th century....

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Favorite Font Friday 2-24-17 Unicase

Favorite Font Friday 2-24-17 Unicase

Welcome to my Favorite Font Friday series! Today I'm going to talk about unicase fonts, also known as unicameral fonts. Modern languages have two cases for each letter, upper and lower, unlike some earlier languages, for example Hebrew and Arabic, that only have one...

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Favorite Font Friday 2-17-17 Futura

Favorite Font Friday 2-17-17 Futura

Welcome to my Favorite Font Friday series! If this is your first visit, be sure to check out last week's font post. The "Favorite FONT Friday" text in the image above is a font called Futura. It's a classic modern font with a very geometric look and feel. It was...

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How to Choose Paper

How to Choose Paper

How I Choose Paper for My Projects 19 FEBRUARY, 2017 graphic design Did you know that paper is like a snowflake? No two sheets are exactly alike! I've been a designer for over 15 years and I've learned quite a bit about paper and that knowledge has helped me choose...

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Is It Happy Hour Yet? Check Out This Craft Beer Branding

Is It Happy Hour Yet? Check Out This Craft Beer Branding

A total beer geek (I can call him that because he's my brother) began crafting his beer in the yellow barn behind his house and needed a fun, fresh logo and branding to represent his delicious brews. The yellow barn is located in a quaint little town and sits just up...

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Favorite Font Friday 2-10-17 Museo Slab

Favorite Font Friday 2-10-17 Museo Slab

Welcome to my new series: Favorite Font Friday. I'm not going to lie, I'm a total font geek. I've decided to share some of my favorite fonts in a weekly post. The "Favorite FONT Friday" text in the image above is a font called Museo Slab. It has a gorgeous modern...

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