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Downtown Montreal Architecture

Downtown Montreal Architecture

The month of April brought me to Montreal, Quebec in Canada, to visit friends. I had visited Montreal in 2010 and hadn’t been back since. One of the things that stood out to me was the architecture. Take a look and see for yourself. I stayed in La Salle, so the first few pictures are of this little island. I found out that Montreal is made up of islands actually. Many of the homes in La Salle reminded me of Queens,…

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What is a Brand Style Guide

What is a Brand Style Guide

Imagine that one day someone made the Coca-Cola logo orange instead of red. That person would be looking for a new job very soon. They did not stick to the Brand Style Guide. Brands need consistency to be able to market to and keep their customers. The are trying to build a brand that consumers will easily recognize and want to trust. But what does a Brand Style Guide include? This varies from brand to brand. One common item is…

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Abu Dhabi Architecture

Abu Dhabi Architecture

You may have heard about Abu Dhabi, but were not quite sure where it was. Many more people have heard of its fellow city-state Dubai. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates  (UAE), considered by many as the richest city in the world. I was able to visit both Dubai and Abu Dhabi on my recent trip to the UAE. One of the things that really stood out to me in Abu Dhabi was the architecture. One…

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New York International Auto Show

New York International Auto Show

Sunday ended the New York International Auto Show. After not having gone in a few years, it was nice to be back. I was especially looking forward to the new Honda Accord. Sit back and see some of the sights. A very cool feature was the Toyota Camry Thrill Ride experience. It’s the chance to get a test drive (you are not the driver) in Toyota’s newest Camry. One of my friends who I attended the show has been a…

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Dubai Architecture is Definitely ‘To Die For’

Dubai Architecture is Definitely ‘To Die For’

Before visiting the United Arab Emirates, I had seen pictures of the architecture and was blow away. When you boast the tallest building in the world you have a lot to live up to. When you see the Burj Khalifa in pictures it looks so impressive, but how would it stand up in person? Leaving the airport, I caught a glimpse of the glistening tower. And to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. It was just another building standing next…

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“Boring” Brand Design

“Boring” Brand Design

Designing something that you are inspired by is really fun and exciting. Creating a design for something that you are not the least bit passionate about is difficult. You cannot design for only clients that inspire you. Or you can, but you won’t make much money. You need to be able to take a product or brand that does absolutely nothing for you and bring it to life so that you have a happy customer. The Ad below is for…

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The Paint App- A Love and Hate Story

The Paint App- A Love and Hate Story

After taking a few Graphic Design classes you learn to use Adobe programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. Soon you become aware of how much power these programs have. I learned on Adobe CS 2, which was when dinosaurs roamed the earth…  It feels as though you need to use the best, and that you need the programs that can give you the most flexibility. You begin to forget about a little app called Paint. It’s come with PCs for decades…

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You Can’t Make Any Money with an Arts Degree

You Can’t Make Any Money with an Arts Degree

People you know may tell you that there isn’t any money to be made with an Arts Degree. They believe it’s best to stick to more stable industries such as Finance, Accounting and the Medical Field. Many of their reasons appear valid. According to them, certain fields will always be more relevant than others.  People are always trying to make and manage money. People are always getting sick. Here’s what I believe instead. Think for a second about all the…

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Mac vs. PC – A Graphic Designers Perspective

Mac vs. PC – A Graphic Designers Perspective

This debate has been going on for decades. Really, I don’t think it will ever end. So many people starting off in the design field want to know which to choose, a PC or a Mac. The following is my opinion, as a Graphic Designer. Honestly, I can say that I am writing this post on a PC (HP to be exact). When it’s time to edit my photos, though, it will definitely be on my iMac. Confused? Let me…

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Spanish Revival Mansion in Connecticut

Spanish Revival Mansion in Connecticut

I’ve driven past this house so many times and it has always fascinated me. Who lives there? Who lived there? Those questions always went through my head. So I did a little digging. The house is definitely in need of some TLC, but beyond that you can still see its beauty. The beauty can be found in the whimsical wrought iron balconies and the stunning Spanish tile roof. You can’t help but imagine what type of family lived here? What…

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