How to Create a Simple Pattern in Illustrator for a Spoonflower Test Swatch

There are tons of ways to create swatches and print fabric, but this tutorial is going to use the super-easy online service Spoonflower in combination with Adobe Illustrator. Spoonflower is a great and simple way to create an easy test swatch.

Cincinnati’s First ArtsWave Hackathon: A Survivor’s Story

The energy summoned to build something like the Tidal Art X Hackathon was worth every cease and desist letter they received for unauthorized use of Jay Z’s logo. The event, a collaboration between Cincinnati’s ArtsWave organization and Cintrifuse, an entrepreneurial engine …

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Adobe vs Kaledo vs Ned Graphics vs Etc. : The Great Technical Debate & Showdown in Textile Software

“If you want to do the job correctly, you have to have the right tools,” was a mantra of my grandfather, who was a jewelry designer and gemologist for close to 50 years of his life. I’ve always taken this to heart in my own design practice, as I 100% believe a g…

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I went to TedXUCincinnati and this is what I learned…

I have an awesome job that sometimes sends me to really interesting things, and I had a chance to grab a couple of tickets to the local TedXUCincinnati event at the University of Cincinnati.

How to harness your vanity and record yourself doing pattern work with quicktime. For cool OSX users.

A question has recently come up at work about how better to capture the work that we do. I’m a designer at an agency where we are constantly trying to find new was of sharing work on our instagram or twitter. Since I find a good use of my leisure time (it’s not) is wr…

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I went to see Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at the SAM

Once a month for the past two months I’ve been an honorary Seattle resident for a weekend, which is very fortuitous because one of my favorite artists has an exhibition currently at the SAM, and I got to catch it.

How to be a Poor Person at Art Basel Season Finale

It was our last kind-of beautiful El Nino day in Miami, and I allowed myself the very leisurely morning time of 10AM. Over the last few days I had mastered the art of sleeping without pants without anyone else in our 8 person room noticing or being weird about it. It was still pr…

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How to be a poor person at Art Basel Episode 2

When I last left you on the edge of your seat, Megan and I had left the convention center for a cool show we heard about in North Beach.

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How to be a poor person at Art Basel

A couple of months ago one of my best friends made a really great suggestion in the face of the looming and long winter ahead. November days dipping below forty degrees were becoming more common.

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How To Digitize Your Floral Design and Not Have A Bad Time Doing It

HEY GUYS! So the last time we met we had a great time together making a floral design for spring. And we made something beautiful together, and you should never forget that. Check out PART 1 if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

But now comes the real magic.

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