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Skyline Architecture: that Takes Your Breath Away

Skyline Architecture: that Takes Your Breath Away

A skyline reminds us of the beauty of nearby and foreign cities. The architecture they display capture a whole moment and give us wanderlust. Take Buenos Aires (above) for example. Look at the way the buildings are are different sizes and shapes. I love that contrast. Let’s transport ourselves to nearby and far away locales. Keep scrolling and picture yourself traveling to new and interesting places. New York City New adventures await me everytime I visit New York City. It…

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Yingge Ceramics Old Street in Taipei Taiwan

Yingge Ceramics Old Street in Taipei Taiwan

You can’t travel without appreciating the art all around you. That’s part of what this blog is all about. Taipei was no different for me. My next stop after the famous Sanxia Street was the Yingge Ceramics Old Street. Local shops at Yingge Ceramics Old Street sold their pottery all around. Some sellers showcased their designs in well-lit stores. Other sellers used carts and outside stalls. No matter the setting, all the art was stunning. Many shops had fired and…

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Bukchon Hanok Village Architecture Tour

Bukchon Hanok Village Architecture Tour

Walking down the winding streets of South Korea never gets old. It took me a while but I finally visited the Bukchon Hanok Village. The hanoks (traditional Korean homes) were just as beautiful in real life as the pictures. I’ve stayed overnight in a Hanok before. I talk about it in this post. But this time I went to the famed Bukchon Hanok Village. It’s where all the noble families lived during the the Joseon Dynasty era of Korea. Now…

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Photography: My Top 3 Tips for Beginners

Photography: My Top 3 Tips for Beginners

Camera manuals and photography how-to videos can be very overwhelming . What are the most important things when you are just starting out? I can think of three things that really stand out to me. Aperture in Photography In photography, the aperture is the amount of light you are letting into the lense of the camera. There are places that have limited natural light. You will need to adjust the aperture to let in the needed amount of light. Aperture…

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Which colors for your design project?

Which colors for your design project?

Colors have a large effect on us. They can push us or discourage us to do a certain thing. How can you use colors in your design to bring your message across? Fun and Playful Colors When a brand is looking to create a product with a fun and playful image, they use colors that represent life and vibrancy (above). Yellow, red and orange can be used to describe a product as being fun and playful. These colors show consumers…

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Interior Design Inspiration: Kitchens

Interior Design Inspiration: Kitchens

Kitchens are the heart of the home for good reason. They bring everyone together and give a house life. That’s why designing a kitchen you love is so important. And this doesn’t mean gutting your whole kitchen and starting over. Kitchen Seating Add kitchen chairs that really make a statement. If you have a bar, use stools that are unique and not like others you have seen before. Interesting Light Fixtures Lighting, especially in the kitchen, really brings warmth to…

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The Pen Tool: Adobe Illustrator

The Pen Tool: Adobe Illustrator

A while back I talked about creating a Transparent Background in Adobe Illustrator. Today I’m taking it back to the basics and talking about the Pen Tool. You are interested in the Pen Tool if you are new to Adobe Illustrator. It is the base of almost everything you will do in the program. Identifying the Pen Tool Look for that little icon that looks like an old fashioned ink well pen. It’s located very close to the top of…

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Acrylic Painting for Beginners

You’ve always had the itch to start painting but never knew where to start. Acrylic paints are a great place to start. They create amazing results, yet are easy to use and quick drying. There is no mixing chemicals, like you do with oil paints. Some of the tools you’ll use are similar to what I talked about in my “Watercolor Painting for Beginners” post. This includes using quality materials. Choose Quality Brushes Look for brushes that have quality bristles….

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Graphic Design Freelance Must-haves

Graphic Design Freelance Must-haves

So you want to be a Freelance Graphic Designer. These are the tools you will need to truly succeed. Keep reading to find out what tools are most important. Graphic Design Software Quality software means a quality product. While I’ve used basic programs to edit photos (think “paint” that comes on every PC ), you will need to invest at a point. Adobe is the standard for Graphic Design. There are also others, such as QuarkXpress and CorelDraw. Graphic Design…

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Interior Design Inspiration: Bathrooms

Interior Design Inspiration: Bathrooms

With Interior Design there are so many rooms to be designed. The bathroom isn’t usually the first place on you mind. Let’s change that. Bathrooms are great places to incorporate unique design elements. Bathtub The bathtub can become the feature element of any bathroom. It’s the same as a fireplace centering a living room. Choose a unique shape. You don’t have to place it against a wall. Put it right in the middle and let  it shine. Limited Space Even…

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