Is the iPad Pro ready to replace your computer?

This HOW Magazine article, “For Illustrators, the iPad Pro Is (Almost) an Everyday Computer” explores the usability of the Apple iPad Pro as a professional production machine. I have to agree that the iPad Pro is “almost” ready for full production. The iPad Pro has not replaced my Macbook; but it has, for the most part, replaced my sketchbook.

Pucker_Up_Can_Label_ProposalHere is an example of my workflow that includes Procreate on the iPad Pro. The basic layout sketches are done on the iPad, and in the case of these beer can designs for a local brewery, the sketches are forwarded to the client. Unlike Emma Berger in the article, I do the final inking on the iPad. The final art for the beer cans is then finished in Adobe Illustrator on the Macbook.

I believe the iPad is changing the game of art creation. In the next few years, more and more designers and illustrators will be turning to tablets, and the iPad in particular, for their only production machine.

Watch this time-lapse video of the Pucker Up sketching process.


What is Gender-Neutral Design?

Orana Velarde has written an excellent article on describing why gender neutral design is becoming increasingly important, and defining each element that contributes to gender in graphic design. I especially liked the demonstration of how color can change the gender of specific typefaces.

Be sure to save or print the sample graphic in the article to use as a guide either for gender neutral design, or to help target a specific audience gender when that’s the appropriate goal.

What is gender-neutral design, and how can I achieve it., 10 Visual Storytelling Tips From Top Agencies

Every brand needs to tell its story to attract and keep customers. Finding the right way to visually tell a brand’s story can be a challenge for designers. First, we need to throughly understand the story ourselves, and also understand our audience.

Creative Bloq has assembled a short to-do list for creatives, together with sample cases and links to take a deeper dive. This read is well worth a few minutes of your time.

Read the full article here


Have you noticed that I look a bit different lately? November 1 marked the beginning of the annual tradition of Movember.  November is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

I’m growing my moustache for 30 days and I need your support:

Donate to my Movember fund here

Your donations will help The Movember Foundation stop men dying too young.

There’s a lot riding on this moustache, so thank you. I appreciate your support.

The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe, read by Christopher Walken

The best horror comes from a fine edge, not knowing for sure if what we fear is just our own misperceptions of a normal event, or if we are truly being haunted by a malevolent spirit. Poe’s “The Raven” manages to keep us on that suspenseful edge. 

The only thing better than reading The Raven on Halloween Night, is listening to it being read by Christopher Walken. I love how he breaks the rhythm in Poe’s poetry and delivered it as if it’s just a stream of thought. 

The Raven, listen to it here

50 Restaurant Menu Designs That Look Better Than Food

Menu design begins with the establishment of the visual hierarchy, but the real magic happens at a deeper communicative level. The restaurant’s menu design is as important to the brand as the interior decor, and even the food itself. The guest’s expectations are set while perusing the menu. The design either reinforces or contradicts the restaurant’s brand identity.

This post on Creative Market website highlights some excellent examples of menu design, you can almost taste the dining experience.

The Age of the Algorithm; 99% Invisible podcast

When a designer does their job well, the identity of the designer takes a “back seat” in the final design, hence the title of this podcast series, “99% Invisible.” But what happens when the designer claims the final product is 100% objective, without any human bias, and that product has a profound effect in our daily lives, our economy, and our democracy. Such is the case with algorithm design.

In this episode, Roman Mars interviews Cathy O’Neil, author of the book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Read about this important “invisible” issue and listen to the podcast here.

How Creatives Can Critique Each Other Without Choking Each Other

giphy-3Managing critiques, whether in a business setting, or in a classroom, can be a tricky for a design manager. It’s a challenge to keep critiques informative and actionable without stifling creativity and open communication. Sam Harrison offers great, simple to adapt  advice for design managers in his short article on

Read the article here: 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism