Searching For: “Child Chewing Gum”

13 Dec

The latest in my continuing series, Adventures in Stock Photo Research.

Fisherman and Chicken

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New Work: ADDitude Summer 2017 issue

2 May

Some work from my latest issue as Contributing Creative director of ADDitude magazine.

New Work: ADDitude Spring 2017 issue

7 Feb

 

The cover and two features from my second issue as Contributing Creative director of ADDitude magazine.

New Project: ADDitude

26 Oct ADDitude Magazine, Winter 2016 cover
ADDitude Magazine, Winter 2016 cover

The cover of the ADDitude Winter 2016 issue.

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First spread of a feature on children with ODD.

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Opening spread of a feature on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

I’m pleased to be working on a new freelance project as the Consulting Creative Director of ADDitude magazinePart of New Hope Media, ADDitude is the premier media network dedicated to providing authoritative, in-depth information coupled with practical, real-life solutions for families and individuals impacted by attention deficit and learning differences. The Winter 2016 issue is my first and will soon be arriving to subscribers, physician’s offices, schools and special educators, newsstands, and other places where ADHD families turn for help. I find great satisfaction as a publication designer when I can work as part of a collaborative team that presents readers with the information they’re looking for, and does it in a creative and supportive way that makes the content easily accessible. I’m pleased with the results, and look forward to working with the ADDitude staff on this fun and important publication.

2016 American Graphic Design Award

8 Oct

 

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GDUSA AGDA 2016 Award Letter and CertificateFor the ninth consecutive year, I’m proud to have won an American Graphic Design Award From GDUSA Magazine. The award is for a 3D layer project that I created at the ADIM Conference which took place in April at Adobe Headquarters in San Jose, CA, and had the theme, “20,000 Layers Under the Sea.” (My projects from past ADIMs also won in 2013, 2014, and 2015.)

The media used are printed ink and plexiglass, which is also laser cut and etched. My solution is typography driven, displaying a quote from the poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner (text of 1834), By Samuel Taylor Coleridge, on the center panel. Waves are etched on the front panel, which also has a window cut out, and a water pattern is printed in color on the rear panel.

Just under 10,000 entries were submitted to the competition, and only 15% were recognized with Certificates of Excellence. My work will be published in the printed, online, and digital American Graphic Design Awards Annuals.

Thank you to the Editors and Judges from GDUSA, as well as to Russell BrownAdobeThe Van Heyst GroupEpsonUniversal Laser SystemsRoland, and all my fellow attendees for the inspirational experience that was ADIM16.

For a look at some of my past winning work, please click the following links:

2015 Award

2014 Award

2013 Award

Mac Users: Think You Can’t Get A Virus? Think Again.

7 Oct

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IT’S A COMMON MYTH THAT I HEAR OFTEN: MACS DON’T GET VIRUSES. It’s simply not true. What is true? If you don’t have up-to-date anti-virus software, you’re playing with fire.

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Norton automatically detected this phishing site, which, coincidentally, is designed to look like a legitimate Norton page.

I use Norton Internet Security, which is available for Mac and PC. A one-year subscription is about $60, and makes sure I have the latest virus definitions through its LiveUpdate feature. This is CRITICAL. If you don’t have the latest definitions installed, your software will only search for old viruses. Updating the definitions ensures that you have protection against the latest ones.

Norton also has other protections. For example, it warns me if I visit a suspicious website, as it did when I was searching for the url to add to this post. To be clear, this warning can be triggered by suspicious content from any source, not just a Norton impersonator.

Even with my vigilant efforts to prevent my Mac from getting a virus, Norton AntiVirus, the software I use, found not one, but two. The infected files were sent in SPAM emails that made it into my Time Machine backup volume. They proved tricky to delete at first, but with the help of Norton support, I was able to get rid of them before they did any damage.

Don’t put yourself and your data at risk. Whether you have a Mac or PC, to make sure your computer is virus free, you MUST have anti-virus software, and update the definitions regularly! 

 

Sign the Freelance Isn’t Free Petition!

31 Aug

Legislation has been introduced to the New York City Council that would make it easier for independent contractors to collect from deadbeat clients. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act, (NYC Council Bill 1017-A) was introduced by Councilmember Brad Lander,  who represents Brooklyn’s 39th District. This first of its kind legislation is endorsed by The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Freshbooks, The Graphic Artists Guild, and others, and it would protect independent workers against nonpayment and late payment. It’s poised to pass, but Freelancers Union needs one final push to hold deadbeat clients accountable for bad business practices in the City of New York. Sign the petition and join Freelancers Union in a Labor Day Thunderclap campaign to let the world know that #FreelanceIsntFree!

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/45760-this-labor-day-end-nonpayment/embed

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