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openbox9’s 9 Favorite Free Fonts

Finding good free fonts

Stranger Things from a Nerdy Designer’s POV

A solid 40% of the office is a die hard fan of Stranger Things (sad, I know) and you can only imagine the hype the four of us share (yes, our …

Accepting the Eggs

Ideas for a journal cover that never came to be

4 Album Design Trends of 2016

Always curious to which albums define a year in music, I find NPR’s list of top 100 albums go beyond popular to influential and cross cutting cultural lines. In looking …

John Baskerville and his elegant M

Typography IS important

It was only three years ago that I learned that typography is (if not the most vital part to) publication design. My professor sat the class down, gave us oversized …

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Background Videos, More Background Videos

Tips and guidelines for using looping background videos

TWR Motion artwork

TWR’s Motion Logo

A walk through a logo process

Capital Trails Coalition

Using Stock Photos

How to go about using stock photos

Design Jargon photo

Understanding Design Jargon

Will that page bleed?

Thoughtful Package Design tea package

Don’t Judge a Tea by it’s Package

Or maybe you should. As consumer options grow limitless, design decisions become more crucial to ensure your brand communicates the right message. Knowing the goals and priorities of your audience …

Creative Block - artwork with blocks and scribbles

Overcoming the Inevitable Creative Block

There are times when I, as a designer, encounter a creative block. In fact, this happens almost on a daily basis. I often don’t feel very creative. But, creativity is …