Marita Fitness

The client had started a YouTube channel featuring short videos that moms could squeeze into their day (while prepping for their kids, with their kids, of even using their kids as weights.)

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Bizee Bit

For about a year, my FitBit was a toy that I wore religiously but didn’t adhere to. I would look at my stats and think “Neat!” and immediately put them out of my mind. I have since learned how to use it effectively and actually get good results! Yet a part of me must have…

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Just one more game

Why did I decide to continue hand drawing each panel instead of copying, pasting, and modifying in Illustrator? Since this comic was inspired by my wasted time, I think poor time management skills is the answer.  

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The Adulthood Horizon

At some point, I created a narrative where I was really good at math (since my smarty-pants siblings were never enthusiastic about it.) But I’d never heard of the event horizon before we did this comic. Yet I was very familiar with the feeling that adulthood is still in the future no matter what I…

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A Selfie of Dorian Gray

This is one of my favorite Stale Cake comics – probably because we didn’t write over the joke. Anyway, we liked the idea of Dorian Gray adapting to our selfie-obsessed culture and looking even worse with each douche-y shot of himself.  

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Baby Bjorn Beard

I once knew an electrician who would bend his blond mustache up to create sharp, right angles. Eventually this bored him, so he started to dye it red, but “just the tips”. I’m not sure he’d go as far as to tangle a baby into his facial hair, but I bet he’d spend a while…

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The Hamburger Helper Icon

Hamburger menus are popular and easy, but are they any good? If you have a smart phone, then you are probably familiar with the hamburger icon hanging out in one of the corners on your screen. Even if you don’t have a smart phone, or tablet, you may see them on full screen websites. Still…

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2014 World Cup – Celebrating Brazil

Street Art that goes around the world Brazil loves football. No matter how little you may know about the sport, you have to know that much. Brazil has won the World Cup more than any other country and is the only one that has qualified for every World Cup competition. Some say the love for… Read More

Cocky Coders

As a woman who learned HTML, CSS, and programming without virtual strippers, I am clearly not in the target audience group for – a coding tutorial site for “HTML Virgins” that rewards users with stripping models.

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More strangely sexy ads

I have stated before (lipstick on a pig, dirty dentistry) that Los Angeles is chock full of strangely sexy ads. Despite my growing list, I don't actively look for them. But this one arrived in my mailbox and I couldn't ignore it. I have never received notifications about new hygienists in a dentist office, much… Read More

Blood Moon

 ...think of the reddish hue of the eclipsed moon as the light of every sunrise and sunset occurring on Earth at that moment -- the little bits of the sun's glow that are seeping around the edge of Earth's obstructive disc and making their way to the moon. - I wish I had a better… Read More

Visual Confections

The Grand Budapest Hotel sign itself, up on the roof of the hotel, is my favourite example. It was based on an old steel hotel sign from 1930s Cairo that Wes had picked out. I hand-drew the lettering for our own hotel in the same style, somewhat unevenly, with rather jaunty serifs, and then gave… Read More

TV Trope: Photoshop magic

I’ve used a fair amount of Photoshop, and I have a rather good idea of the limits of improving picture quality. Basically, you can make it brighter, you can make it a bit sharper, and that’s it. So it drives me nuts every time a TV character utters those magic words, “can you enhance the image?” A… Read More

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Even before seasons of shows were made available for streaming, I would get a season of a show on DVD and binge it. I’d even go watch all of the extras, like the deleted scenes that were rightfully edited out. One of my friends would voluntarily watch with me, even though she described the experience…

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Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong

Here is a rom-com boiled down to its essential parts: seemingly-great-but-kind-of-boring-boyfriend, ridiculous pratfalls for leading lady to make her more appealing, random dreamboat just waiting for the opportunity to love you. It’s missing the best friend foils who live to give terrible advice but let’s assume they are developing interior lives off screen.  

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Macbeth – St. Mary’s Menston

Customized Poster Project Modify my Macbeth poster for a new production. Concept I was flattered to be contacted by St. Mary’s Menston Academy, located in Menston, West Yorkshire, England. They had seen my Macbeth poster online and asked if they could use it for their Macbeth production. The play was a resounding success. Congratulations to the students and…

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UI Icons – Friendly vs. Powerful

Examining the origins behind early UI icons When adding UI images to sites you usually adhere to common standards. Why confuse users by replacing the triangle for a “play” button? But where did these standards come from? What if you had free rein? In a recent Susan Kare interview, the designer talks about the goals…

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Stale Cake Comics

Stationary Branding Next morning the not-yet-subsided sea rolled in long slow billows of mighty bulk, and striving in the Pequod’s gurgling track, pushed her on like giants’ palms outspread. The strong, unstaggering breeze abounded so, that sky and air seemed vast outbellying sails; the whole world boomed before the wind. Muffled in the full morning… Read More

Busy Business Cards

Adding every possible credential to your card I would never advise a client to put this much information on a business card, but I have to admit that Chen Guangbiao-esque business cards are memorable and confident. Anyone who tries to buy the New York Times must have some moxie.   And, yes, I am an…

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You don’t have a clue

Fascinating videos illustrate the origins of words If you are preparing yourself for the Sherlock Season 3 debut, watch this amazing video on the origins of the word “clue”. -Via

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Favorite Holiday Song

People in my office start playing Christmas music in September. Just NO. NO!!!!!! I admit that I love me some holiday songs, like “All I Want For Christmas Is You” but I wait to love them until AFTER Thanksgiving.  

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Lady Charlotte Magazine

Free Lancelot The creative team from Nvidia, the worldwiede leader in visual computing and inventor of the GPU, commissioned us once again to help them explain a new product, the Grid vGPU. The challenge this time was to create an explanation video that showed all the main features in about 60 seconds and could also… Read More

Seeing Red – the Problem with Period ads

Euphemisms and humor disguise the issue      “I was ten years old. I had noticed something was weird earlier in the day but I knew from commercials that one’s menstrual period was a blue liquid that you poured like laundry detergent onto maxi pads to test their absorbency. This wasn’t blue so…I ignored it…

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Irene Antonelis Music Store

Project Customize an online store to sell Irene Antonelis's latest CD. Ensure page fits style of established site. Concept I customized a WordPress theme to match the musician's current website, and then set up a plugin for the store. Since Irene had given out pre-purchased cards, I organized the plugin to have unique coupon codes… Read More

In the Lap of Love

I sleep with my laptop. We have an unhealthy relationship. My former roommate had serious concerns and confronted me about it. There, I admit that I have a problem.  

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Deep Closet Cleanse

Even if I could afford Goop recommendations, I think I derive more enjoyment from scoffing at them. They can be so ridiculous that I think her team is just messing with her. I don’t fault Gwyneth Paltrow for creating a lifestyle brand, because why not? But Asha can fault her, and she really loves doing…

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Book Lovers

Physical books are becoming rarer as we download them onto mobile devices. They seem more like decor. So people who care about their books can be quite particular about them. This comic was inspired by a friend whose relationship with the father of her children was endangered when he gave away her Harry Potter novels.…

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Rockport Music

Project Modify my original invitation for another event. Create an envelope featuring a similar design. Concept Rockport Music saw my bridal invitations online and asked to license one of the unused drafts for an event at the C.B. Fisk Organ Company. The invitation design was a good match for the beautiful organ that they had crafted.… Read More