Design Files

I’m a graphic designer by day, and this is where I talk about all things design. Portfolio spotlights, design lingo FYIs, color theory, and eventually tutorials and downloads. If you’re in need of a designer for your blog or small business, please check out my Design Services.




Reimaginings

Covers Reimagined

You guys know by now that I am a fan of reimaingings – of fairytales, of famous posters or art, that kind of thing. Combine that with my love of books, and you have a new series and passion project over on my design blog: Covers Reimagined, where I’ll be doing my take on new covers for some of my favorite books. First up is a sci-fi classic and it is live as of this morning! You can click here to go check it out.

What kind of passion project have you dabbled in lately?

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Double Down

The AC Vent

Today, I officially become a two-blog gal. I used to have a blog on my freelance site, but it went dark a while ago because I just didn’t know what to write/how to blog/how to keep up with it. I feel like writing Dragonflight Dreams the last few years has taught me some of that, and I actually have ideas for it now. So I’ve brought The AC Vent back from the dead. You can find it here, if you care to poke around – there’s not much there yet, just some old archives (that have been somewhat de-scarified). The […]

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Color Theory: Orange

orange

Orange Color Wheel Tier: Secondary. Tonal Value: Warm. Complementary Color: Blue. It’s association with good flavor and aromas is while orange is commonly used as a food coloring agent (think your nacho cheese Doritos). Orange things like tigers and lilies and saffron have given it an association with exotic things. And we’re all familiar with the overwhelmingly orange Halloween decor, and orange construction signs and cones. But this time of year, it’s hard not to appreciate the color, with pumpkin-spice everything, and leaves starting to change color. I’ll be the first to admit that orange is not one of my […]

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Color Theory: Red

Red Color Wheel Tier: Primary Tonal Value: Warm Complementary Color: Green Red is the color on the visible spectrum most easily seen and the color that most attracts attention (which is why it’s so popular in advertising). It is also one of the most versatile colors, with lots of different connotations depending on where and how it’s used. Meanings / Associations Positive Love / Romance Lust / Passion / Sexuality Stength Courage Exciting / Energizing Rubies / Luxury Ripe fruit In China: happiness, prosperity Many parts of Asia: traditional color for wedding dresses Neutral Dynamic / Activity Spicy Dramatic Fire […]

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Design Files: Twisted Thread & Hook

A little while ago, I put out a call on Twitter for a free sidebar ad design. My motives were two-fold: 1) I needed a break from the project I was working on, and 2) I wanted to publicize the fact that ad design is one of the design services that I offer, and could use these freebies as examples of my work. Magda of Twisted Thread & Hook answered the call. She runs a shop specializing in wonderful handcrafted rugs and mats with a nautical twist. Based on her current branding (heavy on the blue) and product line-up, these […]

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Announcing Dragonflight Digital

Dragonflight Digital

This is something I’ve had on the brain for awhile, and have hinted at here on the blog, but it’s finally happened! I’ve opened a 2nd shop, specializing in design services and digital goods. It’s called Dragonflight Digital, and will eventually have WordPress and Blogger templates, Etsy shop banners, digital prints, listings for pre-made mix-and-match options, and completely custom design services options (logos, blog headers, sidebar ads, etc.). I just opened less than 2 weeks ago, so there’s not a whole lot there yet. But I’ve already had two sales, which was kind of amazing to me. Here’s some examples […]

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