Sunday, December 21, 2008

How To Create WordPress Themes From Scratch Part 1 by Theme station.

ThemeTation is writing a 3 Part series on how to create a wordpress theme from scratch.
I am going to list them here as they are posted for myself and anyone else who hasn't seen the link to them.

How To Create WordPress Themes From Scratch Part 1

Sunday, December 14, 2008


What to do! What to do!
As of January 16th of 2009 our company in Orlando will close. At this point I have to come to some sort of decision as to how I will move forward.

• Should I branch out into freelancing full time?
• Should I seek employment with another company?
• Should I change careers and do freelance work on the side?

These are all questions I have to ask myself.
What is important to me is health insurance, 401K, steady income, etc. All things to consider, especially in these economic times.

I have to think about this more before I continue writing. I want to write something that will be relevant to myself and that may help other people too.
For now here is some humor from Hubspot!

Posted on Freelance Switch by NC Winters

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

So many Sites so Little Time

I signed on to Twitter this morning, as usual, before I head off to work. And geez there were so many interesting posts and sites to check out and of course so little time.
I wanted to make sure I checked them out and so I just started copying and pasting them here. Some day I am going to have to sort all this information that I am gathering OR at least try to.
What I have been doing up to this point is to add links that I think are of interest to my resource link side panel, but that is getting rather cumbersome and long. Somehow, I will need to sort through those and categorize them into some useful directory.
Arghhhh. Just another organizational mess to figure out.
27 Indespensible Resources for Graphic Designers at freelancefolder
Top 84 Photoshop Resource Sites - Toolbox for Designers at specky boy
The Ultimate Adobe InDesign Toolbox at Deadwings Designs
Blogger Toolbox: 100+ Tools and Themes at at
54 Kick Ass Creative Logos Hand-Picked from Logofaves at dzineblog
45+ Free Design Template And PSD Files at 1stwebdesigner
20 Websites Every Apple Fan Must Bookmark at
21 Typography and Font Web Apps You Can’t Live Without at specky boy
All the Logo Design Resources You Will Ever Need at design cublicle
79 Beautiful and Creative Business Cards Designs
at 2Experts Design
Your Bestest Creative, Geeky Posts of 2008 - Part 2 at We are Just Creative
A - Z of Web Design at iampaddy
The Twelve Days of InDesign
from InDesign Secrets
100+ Free Applications for Mac OS X
at Usingmac
60+ Essential Feeds for Web Designers posted at iDesign Studios
Over 100 Free Christmas Design Resources - A Design Bliss Mega-List
29 Most Useful Texture Packs of 2008 at Web Design Ledger
13 Characteristics of Outstanding Blog Design at webdesigner Depot
7 Free Tools to Identify A Font at webdesigner Depot
11 Essential Photoshop E-Books Amazingly Free
posted at specky boy
40 + cheatsheets for Designers at Six Revisions
The Ultimate List of Best Logo Design Resources at Just Creative.
Top 100 Essential Mac Applications. at Mac Tips and Tricks
In the Woods–Our Blog for all things Themey!
50+Amazing Logos on Spoonfed Design
30 inspiring type treatments from I love typography

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Boring Book Covers

I submitted two covers for Boring Book Covers at Before and After Magazine on a lark. It was fun and humorous to come up with a boring book cover that would put you to sleep. One cover The Art of Folding Clothes they actually posted with comments. What FUN!

I did another one, The Truth About Nuts & Bolts.

They had about 120 submissions and eventually hope to post a PDF of all of them.

Should be fun and interesting.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Realize I haven't posted anything in quite a while and feel that I should make some comments.

I have been working long, long days at trying to get approximately 1200 pages to final PDFs and get 1200 more reformatted and into K4. It is killing me and taking its toll but getting there.

I have been spending a lot of time on twitter
. At first I thought "What is the big deal with this thing?" but the more time I spend on it the more I learn. Especially if you follow the right people in the same or similar fields as yourself. You can learn a lot.

I have found a lot of very talented people, many freebies, many exciting blogs and sites, and met some great helpful people. It is amazing that if you have an issue or a problem you need resolved, you can get an almost immediate answer or a reference to an area that may help you.

Afterall, it is all about learning, keeping up on new ideas, and getting yourself out there.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Networking, Blogging, Getting Myself Out There . . .

OK, here we go, my latest attempt at networking is adding "Follow This Blog" to my gadgets.

I have so much to do to catch up with everyone else. What seems to come natural for so many is a big learning curve for me. I have spent the last 11 years working in a pre-press house as a production artist, embedded first in Quark and then InDesign. I have been buried in specs, page layouts, typography and master graphics. This has been all wrapped around the aspects of building school book pages for major publishing firms.

While it has been a good learning experience, it lacks a lot in developing my creativity. It has taught me a lot about the aspects of good page layout, proper development of style sheets, the importance of consistency etc.

The publishing industry has greatly changed in the last few years. The biggest change is that most of the work is being outsourced to areas like Asia, the Philippines, and India. Where once you were a production artist, in today's industry you have become a project manager. I much preferred being in the trenches and doing the actual work.

To continue with the subject at hand, I have been very lax in networking and focusing on the whole world of design on the web. For the last several years, I have been playing with, attempting, working toward, developing my own company called DreamSpeaker Graphics.

Now it is time for catch-up. And I have a lot to do. So, I have started this blog, I am getting involved in twittering, I am following several blogs and sites, I have portfolios on Jamuse and I still have a lot of work to do. I don't understand yet the whole aspect of digging, dilicious and so much more. So much to learn, and so much to do. Its boggling how so many people do so much. Calvin Lee at Mayhem Studios, David Blatner of InDesign Secrets (among other things), and Jacob Cass of Just Creative Design seem to have made the day 48 hours long with all that they do.

Gonna enter this in the Designer Writing Project. One more way to network and hopefully get some helpful advice, thoughts, ideas.

So, if anyone out there is reading this, thoughts, suggestions, and ideas are most welcome.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Okay, this months photo challenge on was to take the 6 samples and use at least 3 of them in a creation. They are actually blood vessels. Yikes. I used 4 of them. I went into Illustrator and made a grid. Then I colored some of the boxes and placed squares of 4 of the samples in to. Then I took it into the 3D effects and rotated it and free transformed it. Copied it 3 times vertically and three times horizontally. I then intertwined them vert/horiz, vert/horiz, vert/horiz.

After that was completed, I went to stock.xchange and found a room setting. I got rid of the photo that was on the wall and then replaced it with my design. I did some effects on the photo layer. Then I was done.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Twittering, Blogging, Working, and More

Well, I just read an article by Jay Hilgert, at Bittbox, on Twittering. So, I thought I would try it. Between trying to learn about this, trying to better establish my blog, working and trying to establish my own company, DreamSpeaker Graphics, sometimes it all gets to be too much.

Ideas, suggestions, thoughts on improvements, are all greatly appreciated.

Small Bi-fold Design Project

Project: A design for the inside of a small bi-fold brochure promoting a new CD for winning at Texas Hold’em poker, featuring professional player and tournament winner Floyd “Pitbull” Silver.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Christmas Card Designs

Design of some Christmas Cards for a Print contest.
Click on it and tell me what you think!

Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies

6 butterflies are supplies and you have to use 3 of them to create a piece of art.
In the first I made a pattern of parts of all 6, and then made a pattern and background for the book cover.

In the second, I put a butterfly in the flower from my garden and then used two of the butterflies to incorporate them into the background.

Letterhead Design

Letterhead and business card designs I came up with for another challenge on

Sunday, August 31, 2008


This is Chadwick. We were supplied some light beam brushes and asked to use them to create an effect with an image. I did a very simple project of clipping Chadwick from an old photo and placing him on a black background trotting across light beams. Sometimes simple is best. Actually simplicity is most often best. Anyway, this is the result.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Logos for

Here's a couple of logos that I was playing with for Just a note that I was NOT commissioned for this. They have a gallery on graphics that you can submit ideas for logos.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Magazine Cover 1

This is the second Magazine Cover I did for a fictitious food magazine. These were fun to do!

Letterhead for Chili Party Restaurant

Another fictitious business that I did as a challenge for Client would have a choice of the castanet business card with string, or folding open from the top, or because of price could go with the traditional business card designed around the letterhead.

Magazine Cover 2

Another Challenge on We were supplies 6 photos we could use or choose photos of our own that depict a fictitious magazine and do a design for their inaugural publication. This is really the first time I have attempted a magazine cover and I really like the way it came out! Challenge

This is my recent August photo challenge on We took instrument art and had to do a design around them. I love what I did with the background.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Photo Phrenzy Challenge

Ahh another challenge to keep my brain a working. We were to use some actions supplied by to experiment with and see what we could come up with. Took some old pictures of mine and this is what I came up with.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Photo Challenge

Posted this on for a photo challenge. Had to use a variety of backgrounds supplied and come up with something. This is the result. Used some new filters I hadn't tried before so it was fun to learn something new.

This is another challenge that I did on where we had to place the girl somewhere. So I placed her in a field of daisies on my sister's farm.

And finally I did this challenge on where we had to develop a letterhead and business card using certain specs and graphics that they gave us.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

This is another piece that was published in Create Magazine. Simple combination of ideas created in InDesign using fonts. Since I am not the greatest "artist" in the world, I like finding different ways to incorporate thoughts and ideas into a design. Fonts are a great way to do that.

Friday, June 27, 2008

My family lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While I only lived there for approximately 7 years of my life, I still consider it home. People from the UP are called Yoopers and anyone below the bride (in the lower peninsula) are called Trolls.
What is the UP famous for you ask? Well, trees, snow, nosiums, and pasties.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday, monday . . . The Mamas and the Papas

Well it was back to work today. Next week I have a week and a half of vacation time that I will be taking. Can't wait.

Took this picture on a trip to St. Augustine. Took the picture into photoshop, adjusted the color somewhat, and added the text. Love that town. So much history. Great buidlings, stairs, windows, alleys.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday Boredom

Its Sunday. I am bored but can't seem to drag myself away from the computer. You would think after working all week long that I could find something better to do.

I took a picture of one of my sister's calves and brought it into Illustrator, traced it, cleaned it up and adjusted some colors and this is the result. It actually got published in Create Magazine....

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Week 2

Well this is week 2 and I have not added much to this blog. Since the demise of Create Magazine, I have been doing a lot of research online to see if I can find a site that is as compatible as that one for promoting Dreamspeaker Graphics.

As everyone probably knows this can be a tiresome and time consuming project. I haven't found anything that really replaces what I experienced there. It has left a big whole in my life as far as easily communicating with other professionals....

I feel somewhat successful in learning this whole blogging thing. I have added some of my favorite sites to my blog, added a favorite blog list and added my jamuse portfolio link.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Demise of Create Magazine

After the downfall of Create Magazine—their merge with Jupiter Media.
Well, I am lost without my site on create magazine. So, I have decided to take the plunge into creating a blog for my developing graphics company, DreamSpeaker graphics. Being a newbie at this I am sure to make a lot of mistakes and learn a lot through experimentation and hopefully suggestions and insights from fellow bloggers.