Dumb Questions for Smart Designers with Johnnie Cluney

Dumb Questions for Smart Designers – Johnnie Cluney

As an illustrator and musician from Illinois, Johnnie Cluney wears a lot of hats, metaphorically. He may be best known for his hand-drawn artist portraits for the Daytrotter sessions (he has fashioned close to 10,000 of them, according to his estimates), but he also used to play in a ton of bands, such as American Dust, Mondo Drag, Quiet Bears, and Romantic and the Sirens. His debut solo album will be released later this year.

In addition to recently illustrating a children’s book, he somehow found the time to let us ask him some seriously dumb questions. Cluney took on the tall task of creating the downtown Davenport ‘Welcome’ sign, which highlights the city, and he describes as ‘mind blowing’.

For all his hard work in design, illustration, and music, Johnnie is mainly a husband and a father. While doing this interview, we could hear his family running around in the background. For the man who finds time for everything, we are super thankful he found time to answer these silly questions, probably while painting and definitely being a working dad on top of it all. Read More

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Scaling for the Future

Taking internet to the next billion

Life has a tendency to throw surprises our way and many times our only defense is to plan accordingly for the future. In most cases the future means growth. Ethan Marcotte, the man who coined the phrase “Responsive Design”, wants us to think about this growth in a way that will make room for the next billion people coming online. This means serving underdeveloped markets that rely heavily on low priced cell phones instead of the usual desktop or high-end phone market we are used to in the developed world. Read More

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2018 Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire T-shirt Logo.

AR Design Helps Inspire and Create

Another Year of Creativity and Fun at the Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire

We were super excited to once again attend the Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire, where over 1,000 young creative minds packed the South Florida Science Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Mini Maker Faire brings together people from all walks of life, but with one common goal- to create, design, and inspire. This year’s event featured over 65 maker booths and workshops, including 3-D printing demos, screen printing, virtual reality video game setups, arts and crafts, and DIY workshops.

We loved rocking out with the kids last year, helping them draw, design, and digitize their own record covers inspired by classic records like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. We were eager to get back into the creative ring at this year’s Mini Maker Faire. Read More

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Dumb Questions for Smart Designers with Julieta Felix

Dumb Questions for Smart Designers – Julieta Felix

As the first person to reach out to voluntarily be interviewed by Dumb Questions for Smart Designers, we knew immediately that Julieta Felix would have a great sense of humor, but it turned out she is also an absolute delight. If you want to talk about design, eating vegan, or Mad Men, you should get in touch with her, because she will lift your spirits.

As a visual designer, Julieta loves typography, branding, and illustration, as well as the intricacies with user experience. She grew up in sunny Mexico and came to the U.S. by herself eleven years ago with only a dream and $100 in her pocket. It sounds cheesy but it is true.

Julieta’s reputation precedes her; she has done work for Make-A-Wish, American Airlines, PayPal, Disney, Pepsi, and Macy’s, just to name a few of her global clients. She is currently Senior Product Designer at Target and founder of Busy Vegan, a plant-based recipe blog.

Join us in welcoming Julieta (we say it with an attempted accent) to the DQSD lineup!

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How to Take a Bad iPhone Photo

Just Let the iPhone Do All the Work of Taking Your Next Photo

A step by step guide of how to take a perfectly bad photo.

We have all the seen the commercials touting the quality of the iPhone as a pro-grade camera, and it truly is an excellent device for snapping pictures. It is so easy, anyone can do it. And yet, we still see so many bad photos. From greasy headshots to ghastly product shots to devil-cats. Whether you take photos on your iPhone for business or pleasure, chances are, even you, could use one of these anti-tips. Read More

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Dumb Questions for Smart Designers – Brian Van Gogh

Brian Van Gogh (not his real name) is a man and a brand. He is an illustrator & designer who likes to work with funny people. His poster work promotes some of the best comedians in the industry. From Judd Apatow to Dave Chappelle, his nomenclature, Comedy Artwork is definitely in the spotlight, and the identity has only existed for a year or so.

The force behind the comedic design does not want to share his real name, wanting the work to speak for itself, as well as keep creating for high profile clients such like those listed above, as well as Funny or Die, HBO, and SiriusXM.

Brian also creates award-winning work for commercial clients, press, tech and more, but since we discovered him via our own love of comedy and pop culture, we will help keep his anonymity, which makes this Dumb Questions interview that much more entertaining. Read More

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Dumb Questions for Smart Designers with Randy J Hunt

Dumb Questions for Smart Designers – Randy J. Hunt

Randy J. Hunt is a design leader, creative director, and author. He writes and lectures about design, and has been a visiting designer, as well as critic at many colleges and universities. His first book, Product Design for the Web was published by New Riders. It is a breakthrough introduction to modern product design.

The former Creative director at Etsy, Hunt is now head of design at Artsy, a resource for art collecting and education. Previously, he founded and ran Citizen Scholar, Inc as a design studio. He also co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace.

Randy grew up in Orlando, Florida, where he appeared on the Nickelodeon television show Legends of the Hidden Temple. Even with years of expertise, Randy still exclaims that he is just getting started. If there is ever a reboot of that show, Randy should be in charge of everything from design and UI/UX to thinking of the obstacles and even hosting. Read More

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Storm on the horizon with many lightning bolts scattering downward.

Designing in the Eye of the Storm

How a Natural Disaster Affects Digital Industries

It’s passé to say that the digital work world never stops, but it is true…even in a hurricane. In all likelihood, for a digital workforce, such as a design and marketing firm like ours, it is even more critical to keep going, keep working and communicating through a disaster. With hurricane season just behind us, we felt the need to share what we learned. Read More

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Dumb Questers for Smart Designers with Jennifer Heuer

Dumb Questions for Smart Designers – Jennifer Heuer

Jennifer Heuer is a graphic designer, illustrator and freelance art director. She primarily specializes in book cover design. Using custom typography, illustration or her own photography, she centers the cover around a concept or visual theme within the manuscript. But don’t judge Jennifer by her book covers, because she is much more.

Jen has written about women in book design on LitHub’s blog, and her work has been featured in various other publications including Print Magazine, The New York Times, and more. She is a visiting professor in Pratt Institute’s ComD department, where she was also a graduate.

We have been sitting on this Dumb Questions interview for a while, but to no fault but our own because we have been very busy, but this one with Jennifer Heuer is definitely worth the wait. She was a ray of sunshine, as we did this interview toward the tail end of summer when Jennifer was on vacation at the beach. We are thankful that she made the time and for her witty answers, plus we apologize for taking so long. She still hasn’t Tweeted in a while.  Read More

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Event Design for LauderAle's 3rd Anniversary

Putting a Bow on LauderAle’s 3rd Anniversary Festival

Designing Deep for the Fort Lauderdale Brewery’s Birthday Bash

Just like every great idea, LauderAle was conceived between friends over a few beers. Owners Joey Farrell and Kyle Jones stumbled upon this idea one night at a local craft beer bar. While bantering about possible inventions and other business ideas, the one that stuck was how fun and adventurous it would be to own a brewery.

At the end of July 2017, they celebrated their 3rd Anniversary with a two-day festival. They pulled out all the stops to honor the milestone, complete with a list of barrel-aged beers that never stopped growing, food trucks, live music, plus dozens of other new, specialty beers and treatments, making this their biggest and best lineup yet.

We signed on to work with LauderAle just a month before this milestone event, so the pressure was on to produce a strong marketing push and sell some beer! Read More

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