Phil's New Site

Phil Coffman just made a new personal website. It's got texture (what!? in 2019!? yes!!), cursive web fonts, and good 'ol fashion personal writing. I know the struggle all too well, when it comes to personal sites. There are a million reasons READ MORE

Hot Take on Slack's New Logo

Warning: Unsolicited hot take on a logo redesign. Don't you just hate hot-takes without context and constraints of what the design team or designers were up against. Pushing vector points, presenting concepts, convincing stakeholders, etc... all of these are why hot-takes aren't READ MORE

2018 Year in Review

For the second year in a row, I did a video recap instead of a written one. I think I like the format better. It's more enjoyable to go back and watch the videos than it is to read the posts... Previous READ MORE

Using Mojave Dark Mode On Only the Menu Bar and Dock

Mojave Dark Mode™ left me a little underwhelmed. I really wanted to like the dark interface, but I just don't. Thanks to @st8rmi's tweet and this post, I found a better way. Follow these steps System Preferences > General > Appearance: Light In Terminal, READ MORE

Organized

This is how I organize all of my design files. It works great. Here's a demo folder to showcase the structure I mentioned in the video. Watch the video to see how it all comes together. READ MORE

2017 Year in Review

I did a video recap this year instead of a written one. You can see past years here: 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 I REALLY wish I had started writing these recaps sooner. There's no way I would remember what happened each READ MORE

2016 Year in Review

Life’s like an hourglass glued to the table. - Anna Nalick After listing everything from the past year, I feel a deep realization that more than half of these items should have been their very own, thoroughly written blog post. Be READ MORE

Designing Contrast

Contrast is a menu bar app that Sam Soffes and I launched. If you haven't seen it yet, definitely check out the site or the app before reading this post, otherwise it won't make much sense. Sam was at working from my READ MORE

Intro to Icons

Intro to Icons is the easiest way to learn the fundamentals of icon design with Illustrator OR Sketch. Both tools are covered. It's a completely free online course hosted on my own custom course software with 30 fast–paced videos. I'm not READ MORE

Consider Yourself Challenged

There's been a lot of random drama on "design twitter" as people call it. Mainly because... Well let's face it, designers have a lot of opinions. And for good reason. Healthy discord is critical for making designs better. Healthy. That's the key READ MORE

Back from Craft and Commerce

The amazing Nicole Walters at the ConverKit conference. You're going to have to focus if you're going to build something meaningful. Doing a thing every once in a while isn't going to cut it. It might make you feel good, but it READ MORE

The Secret to Happiness

The story below is an excerpt from The Alchemist. A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at READ MORE