All things design

I’ve been designing for print and web design for close to two decades now. From billboards to business cards and from emails to websites I’ve designed them!

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Copyright range on your website

Do you need a copyright symbol?copy

You technically don't need a copyright to protect yourself but it is a reminder that your work is just not free for the taking and the thought is that in court it's much harder for a person to claim they didn't realize they couldn't use your work if you have the copyright notice visible on your site.

I've been in the process of changing my blog around. Just a lot of little details here and there. One little detail that I see often overlook is the date in the footer. People will put a copyright there with just one year - the year the site was created. But a website and especially a blog is constantly changing so therefore it should have a copyright range because all of your work is protected from the first design to the last design.

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2015 Faculty and Staff art show

If in the area come on by! I have a few things hanging here :)


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Nifty QR Code

Ever see those ugly black and white things that were all the rage a few years back called QR codes? Well they had the potential of being something great but they were pretty ugly and the technology just wasn't on everybody's phone to make it that useful.

I discovered today and made my own QR code that is melded with an image. I think it looks pretty cool! Give it a try and let me know what you think.


If you don't know what a QR are code is you can read more about it here.


No sooner did I post about this that I found a place to use one! One of my clients is a writer and here is a bookmark advertising her books page. The site is not yet live but she will be able to use this bookmark at conferences to take her to her website and to links to buy her book.



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How to share a youtube video fullscreen

It's easy enough to click the full screen mode on a video but what if you would like to share a video already viewable in the large size? Perhaps you want to embed a link on your web site that doesn't show all the other youtube clutter? You just want the video to take over the view. Not sure why youtube has hidden this but for now the solution below seems to work.

The URL for a video you find on youtube for example looks like this:

This is just going to show you something that looks like this:

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 11.34.57 AM

The trick to get full screen is to delete "watch?v=" and replace that with "v/"

Below is the changed web link. Copy and paste the link below in the browser to test!


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Photographing college graduation


example gallery from weebly
example gallery from weebly

I was asked to photograph the Los Medanos College 2015 graduation ceremony a couple of days ago. It happened to be the largest one they had yet and that meant over 400 graduates! Needless to say I have over 2,000 images I needed to whittle down through and make sure I tried to show most everyone while still capturing the fun of the event. We use these photos not only to document the night but they are great marketing pieces to remind potential students what they are working towards.

The trick to getting maximum exposure is to get through these photos fast before the momentum of the event wears off and that is where some handy software can help. I used Adobe lightroom to quickly star the photos I was going to keep based on the thumbnails. Then I batched adjusted the exposure on some that were a little light struck. Then I did a little cropping and then exported them as decent sized jpegs.

Here is where the cool part comes in. To make a web gallery or a slideshow can take hours but not so when you use the free templates that weebly offers you. They offer free blogs and web hosting and what's even cooler is you can download the pages and keep a copy for hosting elsewhere.

Another free little tool I just found out about is Pro Show Web that allows you to quickly make a slideshow with 15 images or less and set it to music.



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Web page count tip

Sometimes the seemingly simplest question is the hardest to answer!

There are times when you just want to know how many web pages are on a domain. It would be easy just to give a total of the number of files on the sever however that tells you the number total of all the images, web pages and other documents. If you just want to know how many web pages there are here is a little trick I learned.

  1. Go to on a desktop machine. Didn't seem to work on my iPad
  2. Type in (change "" to be yours of course!)
  3. Note the little gray numbers under the search. This is how many pages are on the site

NOTE: this is a great way to browse the content of a site that hasn't linked to all their content or their content is buried deep in their site.

See below of an 8 page site I designed.



Now look at how many pages the college site has that work for!


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Web store sneak peak

I don't usually show a website until it's mostly finished but I am excited about my new pet photo stock store I am setting up. As of this post I have only formatted 6 photos for sale because I wanted to focus on getting all the details right before adding more. I am using gumroad for the store engine and I coded the page to be responsive so hopefully when you view this on any device you can see the thumbnails fairly large in either 3, 2 or one column. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to be alerted when I add new photos at the bottom of the page!


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Stained Glass Illustration


I was asked to take this pencil illustration (see art here) and create a graphic for a poster that will advertise a newly written opera. I'm not much of an illustrator myself but I at least had the pencil sketch from the client to work off of. I used Adobe Illustrator to outline and ink in the illustration and then photoshop to apply textures.

The name of the opera is the Voyage of Mary Magdalene. You can view the hatchfund project and see a video about the opera here. It will be opening March 21st at the Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church.

Since the play was biblical in nature I thought stained glass would be appropriate and also would explain the blocky chunks of color. I chose to follow this tutorial which was a perfect choice!!



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