Blog


December 15, 2015
brodiexmas2013It's actually been about a month since Mr B. passed, but I have found it so hard to write anything about him without tears. His death really upsets me deeply, a soul as sweet as his should certainly not be taken so soon. Unfair is not a strong enough word for it. The thing about B is that he was a true family dog. He lived to love us. Every day the kids would go off to school he'd run and get one of their favorite toys. He'd drag it into the livingroom and cuddle with it for awhile, because his heart truly ached when they weren't around. If we went over to ...
More

March 22, 2015
Loved this article. This happens more often than you think. Bands that run contests for artists to create their album artwork. Super large companies that ask people to send in ideas for their commercials. Design is what I do to for a living. It's how I put food on the table and clothe the kids. Yes, there are very cool opportunities out there... but any company that doesn't value the artist, isn't cool. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/meet-hero-designer-who-publicly-shamed-showtime-asking-him-work-free-159579
More

March 21, 2015
thumbsdown If you are a potential client looking to work with me (or most designers) there are a few things to keep in mind regarding your job post that will affect whether or not I respond to your request. The following is a list of things I encounter most often that make me decline to bid on your project. 1. The "Code Word" I absolutely despise those job posts that you get to the bottom of and it says something like "Start your bid with the word 'Rainbow' so we know you read the full job post".  Really? Because you can't quickly tell the difference between ...
More

August 05, 2014
I recently had a client who was seemingly very self important. Figured he could control me by offering more money or by controlling certain situations and being wasteful of my time. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up in ways it hadn't since my days working for big  4 star ad agencies. I left "corporate" world long ago and can't imagine putting myself in a position of that kind of oppression again. The beauty of where I am now is that I choose to work with people that are like minded, driven, and appreciative of wanting balance in their work and personal lives. It promotes a camaraderie that makes each party WANT to help the other, and the results of the work are far better because of the collaboration. I was watching an old episode of White Collar while thinking ...
More

August 03, 2014
Congratulations to Adam, Rich, & Sarah for creating this very special book for a very important cause. If there is anyone left on this planet who hasn't participated in the Pay It Forward with Rees Specht Life Cards, what are you waiting for? Do you really need a reason to do something nice? http://reesspecht-life.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/book
More

May 19, 2014
Layout 1 Congratulations to the 713 Creative Team for winning Four 2014 SIA Creative Awards - and the company's FIRST GOLD award!  713 Creative is among the select few winners chosen from more than 5000 entries from 24 countries at the 20th Annual Summit Creative Awards Juried Show. Sixteen judges from highly esteemed creative companies worldwide reviewed submissions and picked the best of the best in each category. For over 20 years, the Summit International Awards (SIA) organization has been one of the premier arbiters of creative excellence, and it is truly an honor to ...
More

May 05, 2014
My husband, Adam, illustrated this book for a long time friend of his, Rich Specht, who wrote this book in honor of his late son, Rees. Rees drowned when he was 22 months old. A tragic event. But one that has sparked an ever-growing positive message of cultivating kindness. The Spechts founded the Rees-Specht Life Foundation which offers scholarships and promotes a pay-it-forward attitude on a daily basis. Little things you do today will build a better tomorrow. This book is being created to further that philosophy and teach kinds kindness, tolerance, and love. It's beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated. you should buy one but before that can be done we have to make publishing it a reality. Help them raise the money needed to get this book out to the world. And tune into the ...
More

April 24, 2014
photophoto copy   Anyone who knows me knows I love dogs. My dogs are my children, and today was my puppyson's 4th birthday! YAY! What better way to celebrate than with a boney-meatloaf and party hat? The meatloaf was done in 10 seconds. And I think he is holding up that hat with his eyebrows :)
More

April 07, 2014
CabonaFinalsWe came a long way, baby! I’ve created a lot of wine and packaging labels, and every once in awhile you get one that goes through many transformations until it finds a skin that matches it’s personality. This is one such story. We started out with the direction to do a somewhat generic design with a crest or other insignia element. The result was nice...but missing something. We took another approach to make a label with a pattern or watermark in the background that would possibly be created in metallic ink or foil. Again, a beautiful design, not quite right for the product. We came to the conclusion that this label with a name that means “good ...
More

April 07, 2014
Robert1 Recently a client of mine with whom I’ve done many fun projects came to me with something really interesting. He was about to ask his girlfriend to marry him and wanted a piece of art to be a part of the proposal event. As an avid music and art fan he had an idea to combine one of his favorite songs (which has a proposal feel) with an image of a man proposing to a woman. As a way to achieve that we chose a basic shape for the man and woman and I hand lettered the lyrics of the song inside the shape. From an artist standpoint this was a really fun project to work on. I haven’t really done artistic doodling since my days of long ...
More