- Creative Series
- Mike Kraus : Painter
- CourtneyJo : BodyCare Products
- Ben Goetting : Designer
- Buy My Crap : Jewelry Designer
- Sean A. Metcalf : Graphic Designer
- Rasy Ran : Photographer
- Mark Mawson : Photographer
- Oliver Twardowski : Illustrator
- Paul Windle : Illustrator
- Meriol Lehmann : Photographer
- Muthari Insani : Illustrator
- Juan Leguizamon : Graphic Designer
- Hennessey : Illustrator
- Danielle Gundry-Monji : Illustrator
- RightBrainy : Crafter
- Laura Di Francesco : Illustrator
- Ryan R Thompson : Graphic Designer
- Delia Jalomo : Illustrator
- Anthony Williams : Social Media
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Thanks to ArtWorks, I had the opportunity to attend the Big (D)esign Conference hosted in Addison, Texas. The event featured designers, content strategists, social media experts and developers that shared their tips.
Friday, September 5 Speakers included:
Jeff Gothelf - Building a Culture of Innovation
"An innovative culture is a learning culture."
"Transform culture of delivery, to a culture of learning."
The core of innovation is the team:
- Keep teams small
- Collocated, sitting together.
- Keep individuals dedicated to the project, and limit multiple projects.
- Self-sufficient, make sure the team has all the resources and know-how to accomplish the project.
- Task teams to a business outcome
- Give the team a problem to solve not a solution to implement.
Rob Garner - Real Time Content Marketing in a Connected World of Search and Social
What is your audience looking for? When they come to your site, do you solve their problem.
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Bernadette Coleman - 101 Different Amazing Engaging Content Ideas
Ways to engage your audience with quality content.
- Share your story
- Contest & giveaways
- Scoops or exclusives announcements
- live blogging and live tweeting
- Things to do
- Commentary and editorials
Chelsea Maxwell - Busting Brain Myths for Better Design
People want to identify with who they are, hence the popularity of Myers-Briggs personality. Use quantifiable attributes to design, not based on brain myths.
- Technology experience
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A.J. Wood - Adobe Creative Cloud Tips and Tricks
CC Photoshop :
Allows you to create image assets in real time as you work.
The ability for smart objects to be stored externally, and linked to a document.
Now a filter inside Photoshop CC, which allows you the image-editing flexibility.
Edit videos in CC Photoshop
This new tool allows you to select an object in a 2-dimensional photo, and then customize in a 3-dimensional workspace.
CC InDesign :
Grid with photos
Create grid quickly when placing images.
Create engaging interactive apps using InDesign
DPS Tips App : Learn how to create interactive layouts in InDesign and publish them to iPad.
Adam Polansky - Keynote
Letter to a Junior Designer
Take your ego out of it. The less married to the idea the easier to defend it.
Click to view slideshows
Jeremy Johnson - Bringing the User Back to the User Experience
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Pamela Pavliscak - Left to Their Own Devices:What People Really Do on Mobile and How to Design For It
10 Mobile behaviors and designing for them
John J Nosal - The Search Equation:The Intersection between SEO, SMM, and PPC
Click to view slideshow
- Big (D) Conference Website
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Creative Moxie: Tell us a little about yourself.
Mike Kraus: My name is Mike Kraus and I’m an artist based out of Rochester, New York. I have a beautiful wife and a goofy dog. Originally, I’m from the small industrial town of Muskegon, Michigan. Growing up in a working class city has influenced my designs whether it’s the topic, the use of humor, or style. In between Rochester and Muskegon, I went to school and had various jobs in Chicago. I met a lot of amazing people there, including my wife, and have had great experiences. It’s a world-class city with an abundance of creativity in everything from food to architecture and bars and festivals.
CM: How did you get into art?
MK: I’ve always been into art. My parents always kept me well stocked with crayons, paper, and tons of other supplies. It’s just a part of me. In elementary school, my friend Brian and I would draw our own strange worlds instead of paying attention to the teachers. That continued into junior high when I started selling a few pieces here and there and getting commissions to deface textbooks. When I transferred to a new high school, a few of us published a monthly ‘zine that eventually got me into The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trying to be “realistic,” I attended grad school and studied nonprofit management. Once I finally finished my education, I gave tours of Chicago skyscrapers, managed finances at a children’s hospital, and fundraised for an animal shelter. While I liked the work I did, I realized it wasn’t what I was meant to do. So, I re-focused my career and now I am a full-time artist.
CM: What is your creative process?
MK: Sketch, sketch, sketch. I’ll draw something in my notebook and think about it. It may take me years to get beyond this step. Then I think about it some more. You know, trying to figure out what I’m trying to say, how do I want it to feel, size, color, shape, etc. Once I have a vision of the piece I turn on some music or something and just work. I try to focus on one project at a time. I’ll answer some emails or get something to eat to rest my eyes. When I’m finished, I have my wife, Megan, look it over. She’s got a great eye for design. I’ll make adjustments and set it down somewhere I’ll have to look at it a lot, like next to the TV or a prominent wall space. Force myself to look at it to make sure it feels “right.” When it feels “right,” I put it up for sale and move on to the next project.
CM: What is your favorite material to work with?
MK: In art school, I had a lot of inspiring professors. One of them was Richard Deutsch who taught a materials course. He had us using all sorts of traditional and exotic inks, charcoals, gouaches, paints, metals, and so on. We used modern techniques and those dating back to the Renaissance and beyond. It really changed the way I approached my work.
So, when I have an idea about a piece, I start with the idea of what I’m trying to express. Then I ask “what is important to communicate that expression: color, texture, shape, etc.” Once I figure that out, then I determine what material would work the best.
CM: What are your biggest challenges to selling art and how do you overcome it?
MK: Well, I’m still very new to art as a career. But, I think the biggest challenge I’ve faced is having the confidence to create something and put a price on it. To tell the world that something I’ve made has value. Then, waiting for a response to see if others agree with me about the value of my beloved work.
It’s a real leap of faith to sell your work. But, at some point, I just said “dammit, I’m gonna do it.” There’s been some set backs and tons of doubt. But, there’s also some success. And I try to build on that success with the hope of finding my niche.
CM: How do you promote your work?
MK: Lots of “word of mouth.” Lots of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, on, and on. I have a blog that I put up info about my work and life. Most importantly, I keep in touch with those who have my work. I’m really grateful that they hang my art in their homes and offices and I want them to know that. With any luck, someone will ask them “where did you get that wonderful painting,” and they’ll say, “Oh, it’s by this great guy. You should talk with him about making something for your house.”
CM: What advice do you have for new artists?
MK: Experiment and have fun. You have to experiment because you never know what works. You’ll fail a hundred times and look like an idiot sometimes. But, that one success can make you appear to be a genius. And, it has to be fun to get you through the hard times between successes.
CM: What can we expect from you in the future?
MK: If you asked me five years ago what I’d be doing today, I wouldn’t have been close to correct. So, I try to focus on what I’m doing now. It’s really difficult sometimes, but I try to let the future take care of itself.
Today, I have to put on some finishing touches on a painting and marketing a finished piece. And, I’ll take some of my own advice and “experiment and have fun.” I’ll make a few pieces with topics and materials I’ve never used before. Maybe I’ll test out a few sales methods or license out a couple designs. It’s all about the journey; not the destination, right?
CM: Anything you’d like to add?
MK: Yes. I think everyone needs a creative outlet. That can be painting, music, quilting, or whatever. There’s something about the evolution of the human brain that makes the imagination important. The act of making encourages patience, quality, and flexibility. And, that teaches us a lot about life in general. About what’s really important.
Also, I’d love meeting new people. So, please contact me:
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Fredericksburg, Texas, a quaint town of roughly 10,500 and the perfect mini road trip destination for those looking to get out of dodge. Fredericksburg is home of Texas German and wineries. (click to enlarge pictures)
|St. Mary's Catholic Church|
|Fredericksburg Main St|
|Fredericksburg Main St|
Friday, June 20, 2014
- Three Sheets 2 the Wind Fugi Floral Pillow Design Public ($85.00)
- Vintage 1970s Yellow Spotlight Floor Lam Mammaschest ($116.50)
- Sophia Purse Canary Yellow Zaumgear ($110.00)
- Canary Yellow Clip on Bow Tie Amy2004Marie ($11.95)
- Leather Braided Bracelet Jurates Jewelry ($46.00)
- Fuchsia Purple
- Black and White
- Hot Pink