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Through this blog it is my hope to offer news bits about current graphic design challenges (my own and others) as well as fine art news. To continue with the theme of my book, “Graphic Design Exposed,” this blog will expose the development of graphic design and fine art projects. From time to time I will invite guests to blog here in order to keep the news and views fresh and informative.

Be kind to your readers

Be kind to your readers

In my previous blog article, I described some principles of good visual communication. I discussed the roll that good graphic design plays in effective visual communication. Design concepts and principles are ageless, while the need to become more proficient in using...

What is good communication design?

What is good communication design?

What is good communication design? Since my book, Graphic Design Exposed, was published in 2012, I’ve been asked to speak to a variety of organizations. I discuss the roll that good graphic design plays in effective visual communication. Design concepts and principles...

Thought provoking post hiatus

Thought provoking post hiatus

I have been on hiatus from posting on Facebook and my CarenHackman.com and YogaPainter.com sites. Even though, in my professional life as a graphic designer, I do plenty of posting for others, I’ve taken some time from personal posting. It’s been a time of learning,...

Congrats to Aidan for Best in Show

Congrats to Aidan for Best in Show

I'd like to congratulate my talented student, Aidan Skolnick for winning a Best in Show ribbon at this year's ArtiGras festival in Jupiter, Florida. Aidan has been coming to my studio for just under two years for art lessons. I had the joy of watching this wonderful,...

Welcome to YogaPainter

Welcome to YogaPainter

Many of you know me personally, or through my art and design work. Yoga has been an integral part of my life since November 2010. I have only recently brought these two passions together, in a personal passion project of mine. I’d like to introduce you to...

Beautiful pet images

Beautiful pet images

Every morning, this month, when I come to the studio to begin work, I am greeted with superlative pet photos taken by Capehart Photography. That is because I am working on the layout and design of the Publicity Hound annual magazine for Peggy Adams Animal Rescue...

Yoga painter and more

Yoga painter and more

I've been on an unintentional hiatus from this blog since the summer when I had a solo show at Art on Park in Lake Park, Florida. I've been very busy working on so many new and fulfilling projects. In addition to wonderful graphic design clients with whom I have the...

Solo exhibit opens July 8

Solo exhibit opens July 8

My new solo exhibit features the first gallery viewing of new yoga artwork. Artists of Palm Beach County has tapped me to judge an exhibition of still life paintings by its members. Additionally, they've arranged for me to have a solo exhibition area in the Art on...

Resource Depot turns waste into wonder

Resource Depot turns waste into wonder

Being a guest columnist for The Rickie Report offers  me the opportunity to satisfy my curiosity about many art related community events and institutions. My most recent assignment was to interview Jennifer O'Brien, the Executive Director of Resource Depot. Resource...

Yoga Icons artwork on canvas

Yoga Icons artwork on canvas

  Yoga Icons are now available as hand embellished fine art prints on canvas. Visit Yoga Palm Beach to view three pieces in person. Yoga icon artworks can be ordered by sending in a contact form (CLICK HERE). The artwork can be created in the color scheme of your...

Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year

I've always had a strong interest in color. My final thesis paper in college dealt with the relationship between color and consumer choices. While working on the paper, my professor, the chairman of the Syracuse University Industrial Design Department, Arthur Pulos,...

Yoga series

Yoga series

I love my work as a graphic designer and fine artist. I am always happy to be in the studio. However, very few of my projects have filled me with as much drive and energy as the "Yoga Series." There are so many reasons why this work is deeply meaningful to me. Here...