In Which I Continue To Blog More, Just Elsewhere

Been doing some inbound marketing posts lately on the Tight Ship blog, aka the Ship’s Log. Between my co-captain and I, we’ve got five up at the moment, but there will be more (and more frequently). Pop on over: 14 Examples of Event Identity Design Trends in 2017 (by Keir, 2/21/17) Announcing Tight Ship Design,

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New Orleans 2017

Visited New Orleans for the first time this past week, to both explore the city and represent the newly-launched Tight Ship with my co-captain Julia Sevin at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The trip began abysmally thanks to three delayed UA flights, but that was the only glitch, since once I got to there Julia became

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Big News: Tight Ship Design Launches!


BIG NEWS: Hey everybody, I’m now co-owner of a business! Thrilled to announce the launch of Tight Ship Design, a creative partnership with the brilliant and talented Julia Sevin! Read the full announcement on our Ship’s Log here. Tight Ship creates compelling branded identity for events and conferences, to help attendees have a great experience

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International Women’s Day


I owe my career to women. I wouldn’t be a designer without the support of and amplification by women for 15+ years. Indeed I won’t continue to be a designer tomorrow without the support of & collaboration with women. Parity may seem closer in professional creativity, but like the rest of everywhere, the gender pay

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Flip! 2017 Brand Workshop Recap


From the AIGA Santa Barbara website: some thoughts on my attendee experience at last week’s AIGA Santa Barbara’s third annual FLIP! workshop with Marty Neumeier.

50+2 Project Wall Art


My 2016 social media “50+2” project wrapped up this weekend, and y’all better believe I’ll be milking it for all it’s worth. For now, I’m gonna start with some basic wall art print-on-demand goodies from Redbubble, but individual state prints of the best ones might be coming in 2017. Stay tuned. Original project description:  As a

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50+2 Project Update


Preview of coming attractions: I’m adding this here for #SXSL at the@whitehouse, which many others would deserve to attend more than me, but still, it’s worth a shot, so I’m nominating myself: . This is the 50+2 project, a work in progress. As a professional designer, local @AIGAdesign chapter president, and map lover I’m combining

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The 50+2 Project


Latest fun thing to do: my 50+2 project, a new mixed-media art piece every week of 2016 for each state (plus PR & DC). I mean, I have a lot of paper samples to get rid of. Might as well do it in a creative way.

Portfolio Presentation at SBCC


Yesterday I got to reprise my guest speaker gig in Jennie Jacobs’ Intro to Design class at Santa Barbara City College. This time I actually prepared, so it went much better than last year. I talked about my career, creative philosophy, and work—presenting some of my best stuff from over the past 12 years. I’m

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Post-Mortem: Design a Song, a Truly Dubious Venture


When I originally started this “Design A Song” project in May 2014, the idea was to make it a weekly vehicle to keep my design gears moving by illustrating one of my favorite songs and/or lyrics. I felt like my design skills were atrophying as I took on more and more project management at BBM&D

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