I love hand drawn type, and YouWorkForThem’s got a whole collection on sale.
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One of my Project 25 goals for this year is to do at least one design tutorial each month. I decided to start with an Illustrator tutorial from graphic designer Chris Spooner for creating a doodled business card. This was my first time really using Illustrator, and it took me a bit (read: most of the afternoon) to get somewhat comfortable with the menus. After I finished the tutorial, I decided to create a card that incorporates some editing marks.
This reminded me of a sketch I did several months ago, where I recreated my blog header using editing and punctuation marks. So I played around some more to see how well my pen and paper doodle translated to the screen.
Overall, this tutorial made me realize I don’t have the fine motor skills required for detailed work (especially after a bucket of coffee), which makes me appreciate those who use the tool to create art even more. I’m sure I’ll do more Illustrator tutorials in the future, but for now I’ll stick to the pen tool I know best—the red pen of doom.
I am excited and honored to announce that I have been invited to be a virtual guest speaker for Professor Martine Rife’s class at Lansing Community College, Authorship in the Digital Age. I will be talking about international/cross-cultural communication in regards to my experience as a professional writer in Japan, and I would love to share others’ thoughts as well.
If you’re a professional writer, editor, or designer who works with international/cross-cultural audiences, please take my survey. It will take about 10 minutes, and your comments on cultural differences, copyright and fair use, and authorship will be shared with the class in April. If you have any questions about the survey or additional comments you’d like to share, just let me know. Thanks!
It’s finally March, which means spring is just around the corner, soon there will be a week of cake, and it’s National Reading Month. Some ways to celebrate:
And of course, read voraciously. My reading goal is to finish the three books on my bookshelf right now:
What will you be reading this month? What books do you recommend?
Poor writing often is a simple form of obfuscation, and copy editors beat the drum for clear writing. Everyone benefits when we understand each other.”