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How to Design an Author Business Card

How to Design an Author Business Card

Design is my second love (after writing). I worked as a designer for Creative Services for about a year at Berry College (before moving across the hallway to Public Relations), and I’ve kept up on my graphic design enthusiasm since. So when I needed to design a business card, I dove in head-first!

However, I know that my nerd-love for design isn’t something every writer shares. When it comes time for conferences, gatherings, or other writing-related events, it’s always a good idea to have a business card on you. This entry will help give you direction as you start to poke around for ideas.

First, we’ll examine a few design concepts and examples from my realm of contacts. Then…Continue Reading

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3 Tips for Designing a Flag

3 Tips for Designing a Flag

Tips for Designing a FlagWhen you dive into worldbuilding, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirl of landscape and custom and fashion. But don’t forget to build details like your, country’s flag’s colors or design!

Designing a flag can help you discover something new about your country’s history and myths. Just have a look at some of our real-life flags and all the history, stereotypes, and attitudes associated with them. (The Union Jack and the imperialism ingrained in its very design. The American flag, the very image of which seems to conjure eagles and liberty (or rednecks). Canada’s red…Continue Reading

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Covers and Pages and Excerpts, Oh My!

Covers and Pages and Excerpts, Oh My!

I would like to direct your attention to a new sub-category under “writing” in the tab above: Books & Works.

I’ve been envying some other writers’ blogs because they had shiny pages about their stories, so I decided to make myself a new page. This included making new cover art (weee!) and writing summaries (gaaah!).

And because I so enjoyed dipping into design again, I decided to post small excerpts from each of the novels!

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I wanted this design to have a rather Venetian feel to it (the water texture in the background is colored that particular shade of…Continue Reading

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Once Upon a Time There were Good Graphics

I’ve been complaining to my friends for some time about the promotional pictures this show uses. The one below is a facebook picture to promote the next episode. It’s a very good example of some basics in What Not To Do.

  • The photograph of the character is out of focus.
  • Hand-crop. Cropping at the hands is frowned upon and creates an unnecessary tension in the image.
  • That nature background looks like my dad took it on his digital camera. The color quality is terrible and the image itself is pixelized.
  • The lines on the maniped man are blurry. This…Continue Reading
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