Abbey’s Fall Photos!

Abbey's Fall Photos!

Was able to squeeze one more session in before all of the leaves were gone. Take a peek!

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Luck is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Timeflies is an “electro, hip-hop, dub-something” music duo that is blowing up the music scene and breaking down genre barriers. Their videos and social media keep them close to their fans – so important in today’s pop-culture. Every Tuesday they either put out a new freestyle/cover (Timeflies Tuesday, look it up), Clockumentary (a documentary series focused on their lives as music stars), or something else that allows them to interact with their fans. It’s so interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes – a day in the life of Timeflies – it’s like we are hanging out together! My, the wonders of social media.

Anyway, This past month has been musically insane! I saw Timeflies, front row, at Summerfest in Milwaukee, I saw Fun. the week after that in Chicago, AND won tickets through a promotional email for Beyonce the week after that in Chicago. If that wasn’t enough, I heard that Timeflies was going to be doing a private studio performance at B96 in Chicago. I thought, why not tweet one of the guys at B96 just to see if they have guest passes, worth a shot, right? Two hours later, I got an email and I was on the guest list!

Well, since I am so passionate about these guys and their team, sometimes I just design things for them for fun, and tweet screenshots at them – not thinking they’d actually like them or even notice them. But they do! I met them this past Friday at B96 and it was a life-changing experience! It was so great to meet these amazing guys and let them know who I was and that those were MY designs that they liked! They can now put my face to my name and designs.

Last week Timeflies did a poster contest for their new single, I Choose U. It was 2 hours before the show and they had extra tickets left…they tweeted, “Ticket Contest for tonight in Chicago: make and tweet us a picture of a timeflies #ichooseu themed poster, we’ll pick the most creative to win.” I was just about to leave work, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity – I had to throw something together really quick(see pic). Again, minutes later, I had a message from them in my inbox with 2 tickets to their show that night. I called my friend, hopped on the train, and was off to Chicago! It’s amazing how social media can connect you to things so far out of reach.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – SenecaScreen shot 2013-08-04 at 12.08.22 PM

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Update on Recent Work – Impressive Windows & Interiors Website

CSS, HTML, PHP galore! This is a website that I put together earlier this year for Impressive Windows & Interiors. Owner, Jill Ragan Scully is a vibrant and talented interior designer, decorator, consultant and business person. She wanted a website revamp that was fresh, sophisticated and inviting to clients. Her existing webpage was slow to load and hosted small photos and lots of text. We agreed that it was a good idea use a carousel photo gallery that displayed large images on the home page and gallery page. I felt showing large, clear, self-rotating images of Jill’s work would speak louder to the audience rather than small images and an overload of text. While the new website still has the same amount of text and information, it is organized and spaced out in a way that is more pleasing to the eye, and brain!

The website was based on an existing template that I modified and tailored (or should I say hand-coded) to Jill’s vision. Enjoy and feel free to comment!

Check it out, here >>

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Screenshot of the new splashpage

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Quote of Le Day

“Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant.” – Dharmesh Shah, CTO & Co-founder, HubSpot

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It’s Senior Picture Season!

It's Senior Picture Season!

Here’s a sneak peak of my sister, Abbey’s first senior picture session! Many more to come throughout the summer – she gets special treatment ;)

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Recent Work – Update

Recent Work - Update

Loved this project – had a few different versions and don’t think I can pick a fave. What do you think?

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The Deeply Graphic DesignCast – All Things Design!

deeply graphic design cast

I am honored to say I was featured in this amazing podcast a couple of weeks ago! Although I wasn’t mentioned for my talents, I hope someday that will be the case – maybe even a guest host. Okay, I won’t get carried away! The cast is grounded by host, Wes McDowell (@wesmcdowell), owner of The Deep End Design Studio, and two of his designer-friends. During the hour-long show, they talk all things design – from dealing with customers, to up-and-coming design trends to how to deal with the business side of running a design business. I have never listened to an episode that wasn’t worth-while, it’s a great way to connect and learn with people who know what they are talking about. I’ve learned so much and will remain a loyal listener :) In this particular episode, they answer my “listener question” on how to deal with raising design rates with loyal clients. Check it out! and look them up!

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