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Being a single father can be difficult. This is why I constantly seek ways to better myself, my work, and my family's quality of life. Writing is a way for me to quantify what I know, tally what I dont, and help others in a way that I know how. To write.

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Designer Crimes of the 21st Century
Designer Crimes of the 21st Century

10 min read

03 December 2017 | Compass of Design

“As we continue to improve our design skills, we train our eye to notice really good design. One side effect however, we tend to not look for the things where we might be creating bad designs. It just happens that eventually you learn to avoid these mistakes with time, practice...”

How do you say “No” to a client?
How do you say “No” to a client?

15 min read

18 November 2017 | Compass of Design

“You might eventually find yourself in a position where you need to say “no” to a client. Here’s how to do so professionally. We’re designers because we’re good at making things. We use a lot of our head-space to think of creative solutions to your client’s problems. We use art...”

Crafting a portfolio that converts
Crafting a portfolio that converts

15 min read

27 August 2017 | Compass of Design

“Recently, I shared an article about Marketing Yourself as a Designer. The article dives into the various ways that you can make sure that your skills as a designer don’t go unnoticed. Because let’s face it… Unless we’ve studied it in depth, marketing our skills is one of the h...”

About the Compass of Design
About the Compass of Design

7 min read

20 August 2017 | Compass of Design

“Sometimes we forget what it was like to start out in the design industry. For some, it’s a rude awakening when the things we were taught in college aren’t how it actually is out there. For others, it could be heading into the void when teaching yourself all the aspects of a ne...”

Marketing yourself as a designer
Marketing yourself as a designer

13 min read

06 August 2017 | Compass of Design

“Marketing is that topic that gets you added by a bot to all those lists on Twitter, or followed by fake accounts on Instagram, or shunned completely by your friends on Facebook for asking them to try your new (*insert thing here*). Why do we need to add it to our design career?”

Design Principle 3 — Design Codex
Design Principle 3 — Design Codex

9 min read

01 August 2017 | Compass of Design

“How can our role in design create a common language that is used throughout any department? What you see above is another micro part of the design process. It is both jam packed with other design principles and part of a bigger picture. We’ve been talking about systems for a f...”

Design Principle 2 — Scale and Proportion
Design Principle 2 — Scale and Proportion

14 min read

30 July 2017 | Compass of Design

“Both scale and proportion have their place in visual hierarchy. If you didn’t set this up at the beginning of your work, how would you know what size to make something? If you’ve just been “eye-balling” your size, does something about it just seem “off” with the design?”

Systems in design
Systems in design

6 min read

23 July 2017 | Compass of Design

“It’s a sticky place to be when you only have a few hours to get some design work done. You might have been procrastinating or busy with other parts of your process. Either way, you’re running short on time and you haven’t even started on the design.”

Should Designers “Course”?
Should Designers “Course”?

9 min read

08 July 2017 | Compass of Design

“It has never been easier to set up an online course. Places like Skillshare, Coach, or Gumroad make it insanely easy to put content up in this manner.We hear all the time about crazy launches of how you can earn tons of money and revenue from launching them. While it has worke...”

Designer’s Stack of Tech
Designer’s Stack of Tech

5 min read

02 May 2017 | Compass of Design

“The past two years have been crazy busy in my development as a designer. I wanted to run through all of the equipment, services, and other tech I am using to create all of my work. You would think that the role of a designer was just creating small mockups or sketches and edit...”

Cut the fluff
Cut the fluff

10 min read

04 February 2017 | Productivity

“Strong communication stems from brevity. Brevity is a concise and exact use of words in writing or speech. With the art of language, having the exact choice of words to say more with less is a sincere form of mastery. Though you may never scrub your verbal dictionary perfectly...”

Finding your anchor in design
Finding your anchor in design

6 min read

14 January 2017 | Life

“An anchor keeps you from floating into areas where you don't want to go. In design, your anchor should be based off a core understanding of who you are. Knowing this area of your life will allow you to design with confidence.”

Clear your desk to Clear your mind pt. 2
Clear your desk to Clear your mind pt. 2

4 min read

12 December 2016 | KeySpark

“When I was working here at the desk, not a lot was getting done because I would be constantly picking up something from the piles or having to pick it up when it fell. It was taking up space and attention during the very precious time I have available for work.”

Clear your desk to Clear your mind
Clear your desk to Clear your mind

4 min read

30 November 2016 | KeySpark

“Let’s talk about desk cleanliness and why having a clean desk can allow a much more level frame of mind when starting and working on projects. I had asked on twitter how tidy people normally keep their desks. The sample is small due to a smaller following of people and the res...”

Welcome to the 1%
Welcome to the 1%

6 min read

14 November 2016 | KeySpark

“The internet is a powerful tool for getting information. There are tens of millions of articles being consumed every day across the globe. Nearly 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day. It has never been easier than now to start creating things to put on the interne...”

Stop saying 'Yes' to Everything
Stop saying 'Yes' to Everything

6 min read

04 October 2016 | KeySpark

“Did you agree to have lunch this week with your aunt again? Maybe your “best friend” just bought tickets to see the next EDM concert going on, begging you to go with. Something about this post made you click on it. Maybe something had created too much of a “Yes Man” in you and...”

Handling Expectational Debt And Falling Behind.
Handling Expectational Debt And Falling Behind.

5 min read

20 May 2016 | Life

“Why are we all given the same 24 hours? A lot of people seem to get more done than I can, and yet no one has more time during the day than others. Even since I started working 6 years ago, I have not earned any extra time in my life. Why do I feel more exhausted than my earlie...”

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