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So I’d been away from www.losttype.com for a month or two and they’ve posted a few new fonts!


It’s seriously like finding the golden ticket πŸ™‚


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Aren’t they wonderful? Here’s a few peeks of them in action:



How would you use them?

(All images are from losttype.com)

If You’re Reading This, I Must Still Be Alive

Yes. I’ve survived this week.
I just wrapped up this event:

And it was a blast.
My home is a mess.
My dog mistook another woman for me at the dog park today.
I’ve been working 14+ hour days.
But the event was great. It looked great (thanks for your help, Kindred!), people had a good time and lots of money was raised for a local charity!
I’ll share more when I get the pictures πŸ™‚
Now, I’m just sitting on my couch with the pup, watching the Vampire Diaries.
Here’s a quick peek, since he’s sooo cute!

Have a wonderful day!

Tshirts, Anyone?

In the few weeks, I’ve been on a tshirt designing stampede. Kinda like these elephants:



I really enjoy apparel design. It isn’t always easy, but there’s something about seeing what you made being worn around.
Like, Hey, this is cute enough that I don’t feel like I can only wear it in the safety of my own home.
That, my friends, is winning πŸ™‚

Here’s a few of the little tees I’ve been up to:



I managed an event for college students calledΒ Love Night at the end of February. And yes, I’m making a cameo there. The shirt was really simple, but the heart came in either pink or blue and they were only $7.50 a piece. Bam!

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I did these shirts for Bayside Church volunteers and staff members to wear at events this spring. We chose a variety of shirts from American Apparel in both v-neck and crew neck. Really simple, just the church’s hand written logo (so trendy right now) merged into a circle! There wasn’t time to have these sent out for screen printing, so the printer used the least amount of ink possible on the design. Turned out well!

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(Image is a screenshot from my desktop)

These haven’t gone to print yet. This design is one of my favorites that I did for the Thrive Conference 2013. I sayΒ one of because I did 15 mockups total for this tee. But, it was a good learning experience involving a preexisting logo and working with a whole bunch of people on one piece of apparel – something I’d never done before.

And that awkward model? He’s with NextLevel Apparel, my fav brand of shirts to print on…other than American Apparel, of course πŸ™‚

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These are waiting for client review and are based off branding done for First Covenant Church’s Children’s Ministry by my friend RenΓ©e Hong. The top design has some extra height to avoid the potentially awkward placement some tees deal with when printed as…erm…unisex apparel. The bottom look is less mind boggling πŸ˜‰

Here are a few things I’ve learned about tshirt design:
β€’ Go with digital printing when possible! This is a fairly new process of printing, but it doesn’t require the ink overlay necessary for screen printing and allows you to use more color and detail than screen printing does. Checkout all the differences here.

β€’ Avoid the boob bandaid. Yes, seriously. A shirt with a “one liner” across the chest is not unisexually flattering.
That was an awkward sentence.
Height is essential to tshirt design. If you’re using a narrow, horizontal design, consider placing it in the left hand corner of the tee near the collar.

β€’ Simpler is better. This is more of an opinion I guess, but I really think this is important. I don’t like to use a lot of color in a tshirt design and it’s even a necessity if you’re trying to keep costs down. Some printers charge extra for multi-colored prints. And the more complex a shape is, the less crisp it will look in a screen print because the ink is literally applied (via stenciling) to the surface of the shirt and then the access is squeegeed off.

Now, here’s my question – what doΒ you like to see in a tee? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


Climb the Mountains and Get Their Good Tidings

I love Yosemite.


Amazing views, beautiful waterfalls, huge trees, ancient granite peaks.

And March is the best time of year to visit! The weather’s warm, even balmy, in the valley around the middle of March and all of the ice has nearly melted from the lower portion of Yosemite Falls. Lots of deer and coyotes.

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Not that I’d want to run into a coyote.

We had a few hours in the park before dinner at the Ahwahnee Dining Room, so we “hiked” to Bridalveil Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, the Meadow Loop, Visitor Center and finally the Ahwahnee Hotel.

Notice the quotations aroundΒ hiked. These trails are so impeccable, level and paved that I feel a little embarrassed to consider them “hiking trails”. More like a nice, long walk. We even ran into a member of the hard-working Trail Crew clearing the paved paths of leaves and loose gravel. Crazy!

We had Coach with us and he had a blast! We wore him out and he slept in the car through dinner. Have you seen the dining room before? Beautiful!


I had the chicken, JBoat had prime rib. And we split a caesar salad, an endive and blue cheese salad, a French onion soup (made with vegetable broth – major score!) and a cheese cake.

I feel gross admitting that. But I definitely walked enough to cover it πŸ˜‰

Such a great day. I hope we can get back soon to check out Mirror Lake and Happy Isles!

Here’s the latest print, by the way. Again, click and print at 100% for 5x3in! Enjoy πŸ™‚


I Really Do Believe


I got a new computer!

I’m so excited.

I had a 2008 MacBook Pro. 15 inches. It was a great machine. Until it started to glitch.

Like, the screen would malfunction and the machine would Kernel Panic. About twice an hour.

It’s really difficult to design anything when your computer previews all whites as blues. Ugh.

So my new computer is like a sunny day after a year of terrible weather. Yes. I am that cheap. I waited an entire year and lost lots of work in the process. But that’s all over now and I can see clearly now the rain is gone!

And a new computer calls for a new desktop background. Duh!

This desktop background (obviously) features the Submarines design I posted earlier. It is another free download and is 2880 pixels wide by 1800 pixels tall – enjoy!


Do you like the Lumineers?

Wait. Rephrase.

Who doesn’t like the Lumineers!

The extreme popularity of the band’s single, “Ho, Hey” (and, in my opinion, an awesome performance on Saturday Night Live πŸ™‚ ) helped propel the Lumineers into mainstream music. And I’m so glad – their self-titled album is my current fave. I listen to it on the way to work, while I’m running errands, while I’m making dinner…my Spotify membership is showing it’s true value!

When I listen to the Lumineers, I can’t help but picture designs inspired by their lyrics. Here’s one for you πŸ™‚ As always, it’s free to download! Simply click on the image below to print the full size (8 in x 5in). And yes, I added a word. “In”. It was just starting to bother me that there was no “in”. So I added it.

But it’s free. So no hard feelings, right? πŸ˜‰

Back With a Bang

I’m tired. Super tired. My head hurts. I want to go on a road trip.

Now that I’m done whining.

I finished the next two installments of my California prints. All of the images are mine, btws πŸ™‚ Here they are

Mt. Tamalpais – a beautiful spot in Marin overlooking Dillion’s Beach and the bay. Not far from Muir Woods. Like, I think they boarder one another. Lots of redwoods and trails and primitive camping. I love camping. But I also like showers. So…we usually don’t stay here. But it’s an incredible place to visit if you’re near Mill Valley. And there’s a waterfall somewhere. We haven’t found it yet, but I look forward to exploring for it in the future πŸ™‚

Tomales Point – Have you ever been to Point Reyes Station? This is so close to Point Reyes that you can’t not visit here, too. And while you’re at it, don’t miss Hog Island Oysters, Tomales Bay State Park (amazing views and some tiny jelly fish washed up on the sand) and the Tomales Point Elk Reserve, where a large herd of Tule Elk are protected. To get there, you’ll have to take the trail from Point Reyes National Seashore. The drive is beautiful and winds through century-old creameries and pastures. There’s a historic creamery to tour-ish (not really a tour but more like a walk-though of the still standing buildings), and then the trail. Beautiful with ocean views on both sides!

I love California. Northern California.

Happy New Year

Hey there, 2013.

You’re lookin’ mighty fresh.

If I compliment you enough, will you be good to me?

Pretty please?


Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

Besides the usual get fit, eat healthy, be happy…?

Anything you hope to wrestle out of 2013?

I personally want to design for fun more. Like, if a quote inspires me, I want to design something based around it. Or if I’m offered a freelancing job, I want to take it.

And if I want to go somewhere. I’m going, dang it.

I don’t mean I’ll hop on a plane and fly to sunny Hawaii for the winter. I mean, if I want to go to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park for a day, I’m going.

I tried to get up there 3 times this fall and never made it. Fail. No more of that.

I’m going to start taking myself less seriously.

For example, I put off posting here because I wanted the site to be perfect before I started writing.

This site will probably never be perfect.

No offense, Garrett and Justin πŸ˜‰

There will always be something that needs to change. I can’t use that as an excuse.

I spent too much of 2012 second guessing myself. Here’s to taking chances and taking charge.


Β So, one of my goals of 2013 is to design a series of prints representing my favorite places in California. With my own pictures. Here are the first 3. I told you I was taking charge! πŸ™‚
What are you driven to accomplish this year?

My Photos Are Not For Sale

Have you heard?

Instagram’s changed its privacy policy and its terms of service. After January 16, 2013, whether you opt in or not, Instagram reserves the right to use your likeness, profile and even your pictures in deals with advertising companies, agencies and campaigns.


Really? Instagram is so out of line on this one. The idea that because it is a free service, it can use its members photos free of charge is ridiculous. That’s like Blogspot suddenly deciding to publish its users writings as its own for profit.

Of course, Instagram claims this is all a big misunderstanding. I don’t believe it until the TOS and PP have been revised and re-released. Until then, the issue is there isn’t really anything quite like Instagram. Eye’Em is ok, but it’s very slow and the user interface isn’t as easy to use. Many IGers will probably stay, which further validates Instagram’s decision to abuse copyright laws.

What can we do? I personally am deleting my account. Sad, but true. Not that I think Instagram would use my account in an ad, but just on principle. And, for all of the professional photographers who have an account. It hurts their business. That is unacceptable. But, Instagram is a part of Big Industry now, so anything is justifiable if profitable.

I’d encourage you to consider deleting your account as well. Or watermarking your photos before posting them. And adding the hashtag #notforsale to each post. Unless something changes.

Now, I’m off to try an figure out Eye’Em. Give me patience πŸ˜‰