Where my best ideas come from…

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Inspiration
Where my best ideas come from…

Step away from the computer! That’s my number one rule for inspiration. So, when local calligrapher Christie Jones of Swell Anchor Studio bedsidesign announced her intro workshop on modern calligraphy, I jumped at the chance to learn something new in a live class setting.

What Walt Disney taught me about work and love

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Inspiration
What Walt Disney taught me about work and love

In 2012, I resolved to work smarter and with more love, to raise the bar on creativity, and to deliver more every day for my clients and myself. This year also marked my first-ever trip to Disney World. What do these things have in common, you ask?

Dear Abby: What napkin dispensers and journalism have to do with graphic design

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Inspiration, Two Cents
Dear Abby: What napkin dispensers and journalism have to do with graphic design

As part of their final projects, graphic design students at Mohawk Valley Community College interview a professional in the design field. Last month, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Abby Giannatelli. Want to know more about what makes Joanna tick? Read on for the complete Q&A.

Why I love my job—UC Course Schedule cover

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Featured Projects, Inspiration
Why I love my job—UC Course Schedule cover

This is work? That’s how I felt while designing a recent commission from Syracuse University’s University College (UC) for the cover of its fall 2012 course schedule.

The power of nice

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Inspiration, Two Cents
The power of nice

This spring, a student I met during the Upstate New York AIGA portfolio review interviewed me for his Professional Practices course at Mohawk Valley Community College. I was honored—even though it made me feel a tiny bit like a design elder!

SU Preview, or what I learned from newsprint

Posted by on Dec 23, 2010 in Featured Projects, Inspiration
SU Preview, or what I learned from newsprint

SU Preview is the incoming student’s “go-to guide to life on the Syracuse University campus.” This summer, the university contacted me to bring a fresh, magazine-feel to this tabloid. Much to my surprise, I found working with newsprint’s limited color palette and printing capabilities refreshing.