It’s Christmas Season

Actually, today is cyber Monday. I’m a bit disappointed that there wasn’t anything compelling that I “needed” to buy, but it gave me a chance to create some designs for Amazon Merch, instead: NoeL Tshirt NoeL Popsocket NoeL Sweatshirt The calligraphy “L” int this one reminds me of Laverne’s embroidered sweaters. Some of you will be old enough to remember …

Finding Inspiration from an Operating System

Unix is probably not something that gets most creative people overly excited, but today I finally got around to making a design that has been floating around in my head for a while. Given that unix has been around for a while, a retro- design was in order. It’s a mix of plain, script, and stamp fonts, but they’re in …

Five Lessons Learned from my experience with Society6

I’ve had some time to reflect on my recent experience with Society6. As I mentioned in a separate post, Society6 permanently suspended my account without warning for what they perceived as IP infringement. I had made a design that I considered parody, but that they apparently considered unacceptable. I acknowledge that it’s their right to run their business the way …

After repeated attempts, Society6 finally answered…

After five attempts on my part to get specific information about why Society6 suspended my account and whether or not there was any remedy, I finally got an answer from them, kind of. A work that I believed was derivative but a parody of a design that is Trademarked was the violating design. I don’t care to debate the specifics, …

A Review of Society6

I started selling on Society6 February 2018, and while I didn’t have a TON of sales, it was a mostly enjoyable experience. With a minimal amount of effort, I was able to upload designs and see them in my “store front”. I also like that they added to their selection of merchandise regularly. Ever few weeks or so, I was …

New Freebies Page!

Check out our new page for FREE digital assets. This is where we will provide a collection of assets that video creators can use for transitions, backgrounds, etc. To kick things off, we’ve added a HD version (720p and 1080p) of SMPTE image bars to simulate the old calibration bars that were used for broadcast TV. These could be used …

Still Life created in Affinity Designer

This shows a “still life” of three basic geometric shapes, created to look 3D. All work is created purely within Affinity Designer. This is just a demo of the basic techniques. It could use some tweaking to be more realistic, but might not be as fun to watch.

Calibrating Your Monitor’s Brightness

In order for you to see the most image detail while web ‘surfing,’ you need to make sure that your monitor is adjusted correctly. If the brightness is off, you may not be able to see important details in the images. This is a handy way to check the brightness setting of your monitor. In the above image, there are …