How do you get that final design polish?

💅 Recently, someone emailed me this... "...I feel like what I’ve struggled with the most for the last couple of years is all around polish. I look at everything you put out and it just feels so sharp and polished. I feel READ MORE

Home Studio Setup

![mds desk](/content/images/2020/12/DSC00347.jpg) --> My audio/visual journey began officially back in 2014 when I decided to produce my first online video course. I started with some better audio and used my webcam. Then in 2017, I READ MORE

2019 Year in Review

This year was one of the most difficult and challenging years, but also very rewarding. Check out all that happened in the video below. Previous years: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 READ MORE

Superbly Ordinary

While writing the lessons for the Typography module in my upcoming Shift Nudge course, I came across this little gem in "Elements of Typographic Style," a book by Robert Bringhurst. ...a (type) face of modest merits should be handled with great discretion, READ MORE

2019 – State of Design Tools

This is my personal breakdown of the current state of design tools as we have just passed the halfway mark in the year 2019. 2020 is upon us people, this is not a drill. First, a very brief history of my experience. READ MORE

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


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