The Journal

A collection of articles focused on design. Along with research pieces, I also share personal and client work.

The Work Roller Coaster

Well-meaning friends and colleagues are all quick to warn freelancers about the roller-coaster life of working without a traditional salary, established benefits, or a 9–5 job. This fear of the peaks and valleys (more so of the valleys) has kept many of my friends in careers about which they’re …

Taking A Look Back

2014 was a great year. It was the first full year of being independent with The Studio, I got married, traveled to new places, and worked with some amazing clients and designers. The start of 2014 was exciting for me, but it was also a time of huge uncertainty. I wasn’t sure of the direction I wa …

Starting an Education in Design: Essential Reading

My father has run the same antique book shop for nearly twenty years and has dedicated much of his life to his love for books. From a very young age, I learned to love books by seeing the care and affinity that my father had for them. While the design community has amazing resources and websites for …

Crafted Invoice and Proposal Templates for Designers

Buy Now – $5.99 As a freelancer, a great amount of time is spent tracking billable hours, maintaining expense reports, and following up with clients to get paid. When sending out invoices, rarely is the presentation or personality considered when the end goal is to just collect money. Unfortun …

Creating The Perfect Resumé for Designers

Download For Free When applying for a job in a creative field, the design of your resumé is just as important as the words on the page. While some designers go overboard with beautifully rendered charts, background images, and infographics, I think that you can create a lasting impact with beautifu …

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