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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.

Artist, Yogi, Cousin: David Michael Hollander

Artist, Yogi, Cousin: David Michael Hollander

I have a cousin with whom I've only met once or twice as a child. I have no idea what circumstances kept us apart, but we never had an opportunity to become well acquainted. We both became artists. David is also a highly respected yogi and instructor in New York City....

The big art insurance question

The big art insurance question

Once again, I was asked to exhibit my work in several locations during the coming season. Each location sounded like a wonderful opportunity for exposure and possible sale. The downside was that few of the venues provided insurance. In fact some insisted that I sign...

Illustrate Your Resume

Illustrate Your Resume

I recently worked with an enormously talented arts-education integration specialist and photo-journalist, Jean Hart Howard. She asked if I could add some interest to her resume. The resume was robust. It was filled with lists and descriptions of Jean's credentials,...

Disciplining my vacation brain

Disciplining my vacation brain

I returned from vacation two weeks ago but my brain refuses to submit to its previous work schedule. I am indoors working on some wonderful and fulfilling graphic design projects for clients as well as paintings for a future show. I am happy, and yet, I cannot...

Has your organization fallen into the tagline trap?

Has your organization fallen into the tagline trap?

This blog article is a cautionary tale about adding taglines to logos. A graphic designer (sometimes me!) will design the perfect logo for an organization. The logo will be a clean, concise visual communication piece that clearly brands the organization or company....

Is a rainbow the promise of good things?

Is a rainbow the promise of good things?

I always feel sad on the first day of school. The long sunshine and freedom filled days of summer suit me better than any other time of year. Even now, as an empty-nester, I still feel a little sad as autumn approaches and days grow shorter. Nearly every time that I...

Painting Aquamedia with Texture

Painting Aquamedia with Texture

In the summer of 2012 friends hosted me for a few idyllic days at their vacation home off the coast of Massachusetts. This summer I'll be returning to the island to share in their wedding celebration. As a gift, I thought that I would paint one of the inspirational...

First Encounters With Art

First Encounters With Art

As a columnist with The Rickie Report, an online news source for artists in Palm Beach County and beyond, I respond to questions that pertain to visual communication, extending some of the basic information covered in my book, Graphic Design Exposed. This article is a...

Vector vs Raster

In order to have the best possible out come for their web and print communications it is helpful for my clients to understand the differences between vector and raster art. This understanding permits us to work together closely so that all of the images we use are...

Using the octothorpe in a logo design

Using the octothorpe in a logo design

When I began working with the octothorpe as a "finalist" for the Barthle Tax and Accounting logo design, my daughter suggested that I look into the fascinating history of the symbol. I "wiki'ed" it but she went one step further and sent me this link to Roman Mars 99%...

Barthle Tax and Accounting new branding design

Barthle Tax and Accounting new branding design

I recently completed an interesting logo design and rebranding project for a client with whom I have been working since 2005. Over those 20 years, I had considered asking about making some improvements to the branding, because the logo had been difficult to work with...