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9 Rules for Blogging Newbs Who Want Results

What are the rules? It is the first question one asks when introduced to a game. The answer often has a fair bit of strategy thrown in. These extra bits of information are intended to help a person until he or she understands the game and can form new strategies. These nine “rules” were given by Hugh Hewitt in his book Blog. Here are his, “key rules of blogging success and significance:” (Hewitt, 151) Post Read more…

Invitations: Designed For Distribution

School is back in session and so are after school activities. Every year, people from my church distribute invitations for Kids’ Bible Adventure Club. This year was no different except that we were using invitations that I had designed. I also designed (and redesigned) an invitation for a church in Amherst, Nova Scotia. I will share these with you here. This was the first of the invitations I designed. I had downloaded the La unica Read more…

Sparse Landscapes in Mexico

Here are some more photographs from my Nikon Coolpix days. These ones were taken on a road trip through central Mexico. We stuck to the desert to avoid municipal police knowing that our American license plate made us prime targets for corrupt officers. Here we found a lot of sparse landscapes. Not all of my desert photos show such sparse landscapes. I am particularly drawn to these ones because I find them sober, pensive, and Read more…

Crossing the Mississippi River

I was going through some old files this weekend and found some that are worth sharing. The first one is a photograph from 2009. I had not yet studied photography and did not even know how to operate a DSLR (my Nikon Coolpix worked great). I did, however, use what I had learned in art and graphic design to get some nice shots. This photograph is of a bridge that spans the Mississippi River. The Read more…

Milking the Cut: A Team Effort

What business does a lactose intolerant person have promoting milk? I asked myself this when asked if I would like to design promotional material for Baxter Milk. My taste buds were fine with the idea but my stomach made a few protests. The taste buds (and wallet) won the argument. Bruce Wright of the Wright Agency subcontracted me to help him create material for Baxter’s Facebook page. Bruce has been great to work with and Read more…

One Happy Illustration

I was given an assignment back in January in a course called Text, Image, and Meaning. The challenge was to illustrate a number and include it in both symbol and written form within the illustration. I settled on the cyclops theme to represent the number one. One of my brother’s owns a book titled Art of Monsters, Inc. It is a fascinating book filled with inspiring illustrations by Pixar’s incredibly talented artists. Their work inspired Read more…

Strike Pushes Website Traffic Through the Roof

I said that I would talk about the strike at the University of New Brunswick and how it affected the Brunswickan website. This is it then, a memoir of sorts. The teaching staff at the University of New Brunswick were not happy with their working conditions and wages (Read more here). They began their strike on January 13th and lasted until February 3rd. This was bad news for students but an awesome opportunity for the Read more…

Taking a Paper Online

I mentioned previously that I have been working for The Brunswickan. The Brunswickan is the student newspaper for the University of New Brunswick. It is Canada’s oldest official student publication. My job as the Web Developer was to create a blog style website for the paper. The staff at The Brunswickan was not satisfied with their website when they hired me. I was asked to design and build a new site. Fortunately, the website they Read more…

A Long Wait

Has it been almost a year since I posted last? Wow. I have been much busier this year partially because I took a part time job at The Brunswickan. I worked for them as the web developer and maintained my web administration work. I also took an extra course last term. I knew it would busy but it was a typography course. I did not want to miss that. I have a lot of stuff Read more…