From Debbie Millman (designer):
If you could give a piece of advice to a young person starting out, what would you say?
I would provide five bits of advice:
Do not be afraid to want a lot.
Things take a long time; practice patience.
Avoid compulsively making things worse.
Finish what you start.
Often people start out by thinking about all the things that they can’t do. Once you take that path, it’s very hard to get off of it. Shoot high and shoot often.
(source: from an article I read on thegreatdiscontent.com today)
What an adventurous year 2012 has been! I’ve learned so much about myself (the good, the bad, and the ugly), my kids, my profession, and life in general. Looking back, the word that comes to mind is “tired”. Seriously… working full time, going to school full time, and raising 2 young children with a wife that works full time as well, is EXHAUSTING! Now, school is over, the kids have grown another year old (and a little more independent!), this year’s work is done, and it’s time for something new!
Well, here are a few of my favorites from 2012:
Gadgets: iPad Mini & 13” Retina Macbook Pro
The iPad Mini is the perfect ‘life’ gadget. It’s so light and thin and I love being able to hold a powerful iPad in one hand! Great job once again Apple… now put a retina display on that thing!
I’m still getting used to my Retina MBP. The screen on this thing is amazing… my applications look 3D! I also love being able to crank up the resolution when I need extra screen space. Can’t wait to see where we go from here!
Restaurant: Good Life Cafe (Raw & Vegan)
Sharon (the owner) has a way of making healthy food taste incredible! I feel so good when I eat this stuff. Thanks Good Life Cafe for helping me stay healthy in 2012!
People: My wife & kids and Pastor Andres Sequera
I can’t say enough about my wife. She works full time, is a phenomenal mother, takes care of me, and keeps our house in a museum-like state of clean! Thank you for all you do woman!
My kids are just plain awesome in every way! I love Ada’s creativity and E’s desire to laugh and play. I’ve had such a blast spending time with them this year and plan to spend even more time with them in 2013!
There are people you meet every once in a while that you just ‘click’ with… like you’ve known them all of your life and just enjoy their presence. Pastor Andres is one of those people for me. He has gotten me involved with the church this past year and I am very grateful for his ministry and friendship. He’s one of those people who really makes a difference in the church, but rarely gets the credit. Thanks Pastor.
One of my favorite design textures originates from the noise filter in Photoshop. However, I frequently find myself exporting repeatable slices for every textured background in my design. I finally took the time to create a transparent noise texture that is repeatable. You can overlay this png on top of any color using CSS. Enjoy!