finally, the dot top tables are done

finally, the dot top tables are done

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 in projects | 6 Comments

After two months of agony, the dot top end tables are finally done. The idea was simple, repurpose a couple of desks and add a fancy top. I started with a couple of student desks found at a junk shop in east Texas. As you can see here, the desks had a good bit of […]

spicing it up: critique strategies

spicing it up: critique strategies

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 in blog, teaching | 2 Comments

The topic of critique strategies is certainly something that art & design educators struggle with. To this end, we hosted a FATE critique workshop here at SHSU this weekend. There were some fantastic ideas demonstrated by Chris Ireland and Valerie Powell, as well as great discussion generated by Kansas State Faculty Shreepad Joglekar, Erin Wiersma, […]

steve jobs keynote presentation

steve jobs keynote presentation

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 in blog, design, inspiration | No Comments

Looking through some old photos today and found this. Summer 2000, San Francisco Seybold Conference. This was before Apple started limiting their conference participation, and I was lucky enough to be there for the keynote presentation.

indesign print booklet to pdf tutorial

indesign print booklet to pdf tutorial

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 in blog, design, teaching | No Comments

Just discovered that Adobe is recommending one of my InDesign tutorial videos on their online help site. InDesign Print Booklet to PDF

secretarial procedures and administration

secretarial procedures and administration

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 in blog, design | No Comments

Looking through files on my Mac today and came across this poster that I put together a few years ago. I found an abandoned book titled “secretarial procedures and administration” that was both funny and surprising. The first thing that comes to mind is the idea of artifact. Merriam-Webster defines and artifact as something characteristic […]

a look at my summer nightstand project

a look at my summer nightstand project

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 in projects | One Comment

A while back I came across a couple of old file boxes at at Paul Nerren’s junk shop in Lufkin, Texas. I got the idea that it would be neat to put one together with an old school desk, specifically the kind with a book rack underneath. I hit the desk jackpot this year at […]

a process for hiring student designers

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 in blog, design, teaching | No Comments

If you’re like me, you receive quite a few requests for student design work. Frequently, these requests are presented as competitions or opportunities for students to build their portfolios. If done the right way¬†this could be a great opportunity to provide students with a valuable experience, as well as educate potential clients about the design […]

modern birdhouse, move in ready

modern birdhouse, move in ready

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 in projects | 2 Comments

I’ve always enjoyed building bird houses. This little gem came about this past Summer when I found some beautiful pieces of mahogany in the scrap pile. So, some pine plywood, mahogany front, a walnut (I think) back, and a couple of wire coat hangers. The house is ventilated front and back and includes a slight […]