I am Visual and Web Designer by Profession
There is a sense of humming that comes with balance, color theory, and other design principles. That is the sweet spot I aim for as a design professional.
Working with like-minded individuals towards a vast creative goal is what I thrive on. I specialize in pixel-perfect design. Here are some of my strengths.
I Stay Creative
I spent a healthy amount of my free time creating. Designing and observing design relaxes me. If I am not working on a physical art project, I am usually geeking out in WordPress or Photoshop.
I naturally keep up with the latest design trends. With a decade of experience watching and participating in web and visual design evolution, here are my designs that reflect the trends of yesteryear, and a little history behind UI.
Web 2.0 introduced glossy buttons and reflective elements, I was and still am inspired by Apple’s design style. Their UI is beautiful.
When CSS3 was introduced, rounded corners became easy and they were everywhere on the web. Before it was very tedious, each corner was an image that had to be created in Photoshop. This trend had developers breathing a sigh of relief. You still see rounded edges. Now it’s more of a preference, and CSS3 does all the heavy lifting.
Font’s used to be very limited. The introduction of webkit and google fonts now allow for more versatility and cross-browser compatibility.
As the evolution of design continues, these are elements I notice shifting. 2018 is introducing rich and vibrant photography meets maximist font design. I love this trend. Long gone are the days of generic stock photography. Once again, thoughtful design wins!
If you have to use stock photography, I have found iStock a great go-to for premium photography options. iStock recently bought ThinkStock. With iStock you also get access to Getty Images.
Bright colors and bold gradients. I noticed the bright color trend began to emerge with the lime green color used by sites like Hulu, Spotify, and Glassdoor.
It’s an exciting time to design. I’m looking forward to seeing what designers create!
I Love Large Collaborative Community Art Projects
I funded my passageway from the gulf shores of Kemah, Texas to Austin after sold my beloved 1983 VW Vanagon. The moment I arrived, kismet seemed to take the helm.
I found myself surrounded by a massive art and music community. We joined forces and created multimedia experiences.
How does a group of broke of 20-year-olds fund these events? Startup beer companies like Real Ale and Live Oak would sponsor them, thanks, guys!
A typical event evening would include a band line-up, various artists exhibiting their works, and a featured projectionist creating a film experience. We even had 5-cent advice tables in honor of Lucy Van Pelt.
Today, I carry that same spirit.
In my life as a design professional, working with a creative team is inspiring. I love brainstorming sessions, learning from one another, and initiating vast communication goals.
In my day-to-day life, I seek the same creative structure.
I am currently in my 2nd year of creating with the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project community. The founders of this library have done an amazing job housing, digitizing, and organizing this collaborative event.
The library alone is amazing. They have taken it to another level as a traveling library that features over 17,000 artists from around the world. My book, Los Amantes, is currently on a 4-city tour with The Sketchbook Project 2018.
I Have Always Been this Way