How important is ‘the pretty factor’ for a regular business website? I’m talking about websites for basic businesses, like accounting, plumbing, coaching services, that sort of thing. Not lifestyle products that already have great visuals built in. Let’s assume you’re selling something that is not glamorous, but is incredibly useful. Like, accounting software. Your average user—a small business owner— wants to […]
Winning design industry contests is nice, but winning a contest that you didn’t even enter is even better. So I was delighted to receive an email from a client with the news that her site had won the Featured Site spot in a newsletter that goes out to music centers in 40 countries, and that she’d won […]
Adult coloring books are a phenomenon. Three of the top 10 bestselling books in the UK are adult coloring books, and 8 of the top 20 bestsellers in the US. You may be wondering why on earth this would be so appealing to grownups… I’ll get to that. But first, let’s talk about the design aspect and […]
Could this be the new peace symbol of our times?
Popular Montreal-based author-illustrator, Elise Gravel has granted permission for this illustration to be used free of charge in support of the non-profit organization, Rivo-Résilience, to promote a positive message of welcome to Syrian refugees arriving in Quebec, Canada. Organizer, Marie Brodeur Gélinas, aims to sell the buttons for $1 to $2 each, with proceeds going to helping the new arrivals.
Lemmee tell you about my latest crazy project: creating a prototype (and template) for a genre-busting concept: a family memoir/cookbook for the Heirloom Meals Recipe Project in Massachusetts, USA. This was the brain-child of Carole Murko, whose unflagging enthusiasm for family food stories has spawned a weekly radio show on NPR (National Public Radio), regular tv appearances, and several hour-long […]
How fabulous is this illustration from Alice Phieu? This is the ad for my next public speaking gig at Montreal App Talks. If you’re coming, please let me know via Twitter, or in the comments of this blog post. It’s free, and it will be fun. Promise.
The test swatch (aka “pattern strike”) arrived from Spoonflower! To make it, I drew a dining-themed illustration of forks and spoons and then made an overlapping pattern of them using Adobe Illustrator. This is destined for the seats of our dining room chairs, so I ordered the sample (30″ x 18″) to be printed on a tough canvas […]
If you like hidden patterns, you’ll like this new pattern I created. Using a sketch of a girl, I digitized it using Adobe Illustrator. (Why Illustrator and not Photoshop? I wanted her in vector format so she would scale up or down without distortion. She can then be re-formatted easily for use across web, mobile, […]