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Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp!

Hi guys, Registration opened today for the January session of Jessica Swift's 2-day Pattern Camp e-course, and I wanted to talk about it here because it was such a helpful class for me. Pattern Camp was how I learned to make repeat patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator, and I can personally attest to the fact that it's incredibly informative, easy to follow, and just all around awesome. Jess is a really great teacher, and her methods are the best I've found. Repeat pattern making is one of those things that you can do a few different ways -- I've watched many...

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On Failure, and Not-Failure

I just finished reading Bréne Brown’s new book, Rising Strong, which is awesome (not surprisingly; she is the best). It’s about the process of taking life’s risks (big and small), falling on your face, and getting back up, so I’ve been thinking about this in my own life more than usual. The past few years, and the last year in particular, have been very strange for a couple of reasons. One, a lot more people know about my work and what I do than ever before; and two, I’ve experienced what most of us would consider professional success. These are...

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Empathy Cards, Part Two

Dear friends, Please excuse the extreme delay between my last post, introducing our Empathy Cards, and this one, talking about the insane trip that was the Empathy Cards release. There were about two months there where I felt like I was living in a montage from Bright Lights, Big City. Everything was happening in fast-forward, and I was responding to so many things and talking to so many people and hearing so many stories and freaking out so many times a day that I wasn't even really able to process what was going on until it was over. Which really...

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