March 25, 2020

Free coronavirus icon

Free coronavirus icon package containing svg, eps, and png files (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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April 21, 2016

How I more than doubled my Noun Project passive income

First, don’t get the wrong idea about doubling my Noun Project income. This means my royalties went from $7.16 (in February 2015) to $18.24 (in February 2016)—or basically the difference between a beer alone and beers with a friend!

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January 6, 2016

Ditch the electronic planner and boost your productivity

My name is Joanna and I use a paper planner. Gasp, I know. Last year, I ditched my app/online/digital planning tools in favor of good old pen and paper.

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July 24, 2015

New studio, fresh perspective

Confession: Working out of my home for 15 years was starting to drive me a little nuts. So this spring, I started sharing a studio with a photographer friend at the Delavan Center.
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June 24, 2014

When to say yes to pro bono design work

Designers are often offered pro bono work, but when should we accept it? It’s no secret that I love Twitter, Instagram, and Central New York. Saying yes to an opportunity to do a little pro bono design for this year’s #ShowUsCNY14 event was a no brainer for me.

But what about those times when the answer isn’t so clear? Read more

May 15, 2014

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.
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June 25, 2013

Why the mirror is the #1 enemy of your brand

How can a mirror be the #1 enemy of your brand? Well, it all started with a homemade pizza party and drinks with friends that turned into a lesson on branding. Let me tell you a little story…
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June 10, 2013

Is pursuit of perfection ruining your momentum?

The pursuit of perfection can get in the way of good design. With print, a job doesn’t go to print until it’s as close to perfection as possible. With web, it’s acceptable—almost the norm—to launch then tweak. If something doesn’t perform as expected, you can change it.

It’s one of the hardest things for me to wrap my head around when I do web work since I come from the world of print. Read more

August 21, 2012

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?
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