Make Your Design Burst

This video is a screen capture that I recorded while making a burst-ray pattern in Affinity Designer. It only took a few minutes, but it shows some of things that Affinity Designer is good for. I created a variety of shapes, and used the Control-J feature to repeat steps. I also manipulated text and used the gradient feature for both …

White Elephant

What to bring to a white elephant party? Available on Amazon.

If You Want Something

I was reminded recently of a motivational saying, “if you really want something, figure out the price and pay it.” I decided that it might make a cool t-shirt. Available on Amazon:white textdark text

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 …