Just shoot me! Tips to photographing your work


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There are many ways to display your work, if you are a designer, artist or a photographer, the way you present your work can greatly enhance the meaning or design. After reviewing our recent submissions to our Over Here! project I couldn’t help but notice the little details that made a good project, great. One of our curators, Kelly Knaga, also pointed out that this would make for a informative post on nwicreative. There is a special quality that comes alive when you shoot actual pieces of your work rather then just having a flat version of your electronic file or painting for display. Below are some tips on photographing your work.

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5 Questions with Dan Vos


I first met Dan at a Catalyst night at Faith Church a couple years ago and he was really cool, and still, is for the record. We later reconnected at the INsight Design Conference as he made his way through our paper rock scissors tournament. These good times, finally lead us to working together on a project where we first meet, a Catalyst website. Funny how life brings people full circle. I’m pleased to feature Dan and his talents as this weeks 5 Question feature. Enjoy.

I’m Dan Vos, a 26 year old web/graphic designer. I work full time at Digital Target Marketing pushing pixels and crunching code.  In my spare time I do freelance design and code. I love designing and the challenge it brings to my life.  Pairing of fonts, color schemes, and pattern combinations all excite me.

I really enjoy photography.  I love capturing the beauty of nature, the small details that others overlook, the hidden world.  My new found organic diet has been an adventure and I’m starting to plunge into how to do it well.

I desire to bring delight to my customers.  One of the best feelings about being a designer is seeing a customer’s delight in the finished product.  That’s what I strive for, when the final meeting has been finished  and I walk away knowing that they are pleased with the final product.  Also, I am a huge sci-fi fan.

Never be satisfied with were you are at, always keep on striving to get to the next level in your design.  I know it’s cliche, but keep on learning.  Design, especially web design, is an ever changing landscape.  Be open to criticism of fellow design peers. Personally I know it’s hard to let another person in on your design before it’s finished, but an outside eye can be really helpful.  If you are in a design funk don’t forget to be human, interact with others, go for a walk, grab a drink of water.

Currently, Ray Lamontague, Ratatat, Animal Collective, Vampire Weekend, Temper Trap, Florence + The Machine.  My mainstays are Arcade Fire, Muse, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens. When I’m up at 2:00 the night before a deadline it’s all Trance music.  I absolutely love music, it drives me.

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Fake a Photoshop soft brush effect using Illustrator


his is a quick and simple way to create various shades of color in Adobe Illustrator. Using vectors has many advantages, for an effect like this being able to scale the shapes and reuse them over and over will give you the maximum quality without all the file size. This effect can be easily created and I’ll show you how to do it in under 5 minutes.

Check out this video tutorial that I created on Jing.com and please leave comments and post something that you created with this effect. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for the next tutorial.

Click the image to watch this tutorial on Jing.com.