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Taking my own experiences as a freelance graphic designer and sharing them with you.

Contrastly – New Logo Design

Contrastly – New Logo Design

The all new logo design for Contrastly has been added to my portfolio! Contrastly’s founder, Jon, reached out to me in need of a new logo for their site's redesign. The primary goal of the new logo was to make it stand out in a unique way, while the emblem should also...

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How Values Can Drive Your Freelance Business to Success

How Values Can Drive Your Freelance Business to Success

Over the 5+ years I’ve been freelancing, I’ve learned there’s power to being a freelancer. You have very little overhead, which gives you complete control of how you operate your business: how you price your projects, who you get to work with, and how you do your...

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Illustrated Lettering: From Sketch to Vector

Illustrated Lettering: From Sketch to Vector

Today I want to share with you behind the scenes of how I hand letter and illustrate a concept on paper, then use the power of Illustrator to vectorize and bring the design to life. Beginning on paper, I draw out the concept of the design. For this particular example,...

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How I Became a Freelance Graphic Designer

How I Became a Freelance Graphic Designer

You might be wondering, “How do I get there? How can I start my own freelance business and work from home – doing what I love?” There were many risks and opportunities I took that have led to where I am today in my freelance career, and that's what I'd like to share...

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How I Design Band Merch That People Actually Want to Buy

How I Design Band Merch That People Actually Want to Buy

Everyone loves seeing their favorite band live—feeling the music pound through giant speakers, singing beloved lyrics with hundreds of strangers, and picking out the perfect band t-shirt to commemorate the show. Music has the power to unite us. When it comes to...

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Fight To Stay Excited – Lettering Process

Fight To Stay Excited – Lettering Process

A Quick Note: Yes, there's a spelling error in my initial sketch, but I fix it as soon as I notice (around 2:30). It's fun to see how I was able to design on the fly and fix this type of mistake. Showing your mistakes and iterating in public is important and can be...

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Twin Roots, Inc. – New Logo Design

Twin Roots, Inc. – New Logo Design

New custom logo design for Twin Roots, Inc. has been added to my portfolio! The logo I did for Twin Roots, Inc. was one I really enjoyed taking the time to design. The client, Joel, came to me wanting a fresh logo for his business that incorporates his story. In early...

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20 Vector Subtle Grunge Textures

20 Vector Subtle Grunge Textures

Ever need to give that little added touch to help breathe life into your cold, hard digital artwork? Look no more—I have just the resource for you! These are the same textures I use daily on my own design work. I'll apply a subtle texture to a new t-shirt I'm...

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Golden Handcuffs T-Shirt

Golden Handcuffs T-Shirt

Breaking free of your golden handcuffs can be one of the scariest decisions of your life. I know, because I left a secure paying job directly out of college to pursue my freelance career full-time. It was because of that leap I was forced to show up every day – to...

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