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August means Back to School!

It’s still hot, it’s still summer, but now that August has rolled around the kids’ vacation days are numbered as the start of a new school year looms on the horizon. A new school year means new pictures and art from your student and new pictures and art means new picture frames.

School photos are nice to keep because they show how much your child has grown since they started way back in kindergarten. If you have the wall space, a fun idea is to frame

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Architect Natural

them in order to show that progression. What are good picture frames for this kind of project? A wood picture frame is always the way to go for your 8×10 school pictures. Nothing too fancy, something versatile that will enhance the pictures instead of detracting. I would suggest our Architect series. It’s a  real wood picture frame that comes in a number of colors. It’s slim and attractive and has a nice homey feel to it.

But what about the kids’ art? It’s fun to see those early drawings where they’ve done a stick-person family portrait in front of a house made up of a square with

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Colori Large Orange

a triangle on top. They may not ever get much further than that artistically or perhaps they do develop a talent and their art becomes amazing. Either way, you’ll want to preserve and display some of these pictures. For the early school years art pieces I would suggest a fun colorful series like our Colori. Colori comes in both a wide and a narrow profile and is available in bright vibrant colors like orange, red, yellow and blue. It’s available in standard sizes, typically 8.5×11 and 11×17 but goes all the way up to 24×36. As your child gets further along and their talent emerges, you might want to consider a more mature frame to hang their masterpiece with. The Executive is a great wood picture frame that comes in rich, warm colors like Library Mahogany

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Executive Library mahogany

and Burgundy (there are 6 different colors). It’s a high end but inexpensive frame to proudly show off your student’s best artwork. It’s also a good frame at graduation time for diplomas and certificates.

Your kids’ school years go by surprisingly fast and with framing their photos and art, you’ll always have something to cherish and remind you of how special they are.

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Marc Allante

In today’s blog we’re going to spotlight an artist that we at Frame USA/Posterservice have had the pleasure of working with: Marc Allante. His print “Achilles” is one of our most popular posters and anytime we get new art from him we’re always pleased and excited.

Marc was born in Hong Kong and is currently based there where he is represented by the Avenue Des Arts gallery. He has lived in Sydney and London as well and it’s this blend of eastern and western cultures that informs his unique vision.

A self taught artist, Marc creates his images by combining traditional Chinese inks with European watercolor and pen techniques. He has a distinct style, often incorporating a paint drip and spatter look. His subject matter is varied with animals and architecture comprising much of his most striking work. In particular he has a way of capturing the energy and joy of birds in flight. He also incorporates silhouettes to create romantic imagery like his popular “Two Step.” 

He’s a versatile artist whose voice continues to change and develop in new and unexpected directions. Check him out at his website Marcallante.com to see his full portfolio and where he will be exhibiting. While you’re at it, follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@marcallanteart) .You can also come over to Posterservice.com and search “Marc Allante” or go to our Art Posters section to see the 24×36 posters we currently carry. If you are looking for art to put in picture framds that encompass beauty, color and joy, you’ve found it in Marc’s work.

Portrait of Hong Kong
Portrait of Hong Kong
Marc Allante's Two Step
Two Step
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Achilles
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Comic Books Conquer TV

It would be an understatement to say that comic book adaptations have overtaken television. One web article lists 42(!) announced series based on comics of all genres. Superheroes, horror, sci-fi and some plain old comedy (a series based on Archie Comics called “Riverdale” is being prepped by Warner Brothers Television). Due to the episodic nature of both mediums, these stories  seem to fare better (both critically and with viewers) than their big screen counterparts. In a television show, as in a comic, characters can develop and change over time, and story arcs can be more fully explored. In a movie, you have a limited amount of time with your audience to try and deliver a fully realized story. So maybe it’s not so surprising that these tv adaptations seem to connect better with their viewers.

 

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One of the greatest comic book-to-small screen success stories is AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Based on the series by Robert Kirkman, TWD follows a group of survivors navigating their way through a zombie apocalypse (or more accurately, a post-zombie apocalypse world). It is gritty, violent and gory but depicts it’s characters’ attempts to hold on to their humanity in a world where being humane usually gets one killed. Now going into it’s sixth season, TWD continues to pull high ratings and generate buzz. It’s been so successful in fact, that AMC had launched a spin off series, “Fear the Walking Dead” to begin in August. “Fear the Walking Dead” will show the beginning of the plague that eventually decimates the world and show the collapse of civilization. “The Walking Dead” is not the only horror comics series to be adapted recently either. “Constantine” based on the “Hellblazer” comics from DC received critical praise at NBC, but wasn’t able to pull in the ratings it needed to make it to a second season. The CW gave us “IZombie” this year, based on the DC Vertigo book. Upcoming horror comics turned tv shows are “Lucifer” (the FOX network)based on a character from DC’s “Sandman” comics, and ” Preacher” based on the highly acclaimed DC Vertigo comic.

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Daredevil

Of course, it’s the superhero comics we know best. They’re brightly colored and feature characters we can rally behind. This last year saw Marvel expand their Cinematic Universe (the films and shows that all tie in to one another) further into television with multiple titles. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returned for a second season and “Agent Carter” premiered, both at ABC, both part of the Avengers franchise. And over at Netflix, the new “Daredevil” reboot was just released to mainly positive reviews (especially for Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk, AKA Kingpin). All three shows connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and characters from all of them may now show up in other films and tv shows within it. The big surprise, however, is the success that DC has found on television. They haven’st done very well with certain properties on the big screen (aside from the Tim Burton and Chris Nolan “Batman” runs and Christopher Reeve era “Superman”). Over the past few years, however, they’ve managed to build some very well received shows with “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Gotham.” All of which tweak their mythologies some but with a sense of fun that is sometimes missing from their movie adaptations. DC has also two adaptations coming up from the “Superman” universe; one is “Supergirl” premiering in November at CBS and “Krypton” which is in develpment at SyFy.

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Jim Lee’s Batman

The last few years have been called a “Golden Age” for television with so many scripted series pushing the boundaries of what storytelling can be, and what kinds of characters resonate with us. Comic books inject so much color (sometimes light, sometimes dark) into the medium that it’s easy to see why producers, writers, directors and actors fight to grab up these properties and try to bring them to three dimensional life.

So kick back, grab some popcorn and a drink, and strap in–your favorite characters are about to step off of the page and into your living room. And after your thrilling adventures are over, click into Posterservice.com and pick up one of (or all of, why not?) our many comic book, movie and tv posters to hang on your wall.

 

 

 

Led Zeppelin Posters

Gettin’ the Led out! Zeppelin posters are here!

Led Zeppelin. *sighs*

One of the greatest rock bands of all time. Arguably the most influential hard rock band of the seventies and undeniably still popular after four decades and change. They gave us  “Dazed and Confused,” “The Ocean,” “The Immigrant Song,” and a million other face melting anthems that resonate with headbangers young and old. Of course, they also gave us the most requested song in radio history–“Stairway to Heaven” which inspires people to sit in their car and wait it out till the end, even when they’ve reached their destination. Zeppelin is that good.

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Led Zeppelin Wembley Stadium Poster

Of course, being such a seminal and sought after group, they are naturally protective of their image and branding. They don’t allow their music to be used in other media lightly, nor do they license posters very often. It’s been several years since anyone was allowed to carry Led Zeppelin posters. So here at Poster Service we are very excited to have 5 NEWLY LICENSED LED ZEPPELIN POSTERS ON THE SITE! We have “Wembley Stadium”;  “Celebration Day”; “Swan Song”; “Mother Ship”; and “The Song Remains the Same”.

So go put on your favorite Zeppelin album (mine is Led Zeppelin IV) and while you’re blasting “The Ocean” or “Dancing Days,” head on over to Posterservice.com and pick yourself up a poster to match your mood!

Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same Poster
Zeppelin Mother Ship
Led Zeppelin Mother Ship poster
Zeppelin Swan Song
Led Zeppelin Swan Song poster
Zeppelin Celebration Day
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day Poster
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The Doctor & His Box Soars to New Heights in The U.S.A

Move over Clara, The Doctor has a new companion and they’re the millions of fans in the United States of America.

The tale of a humanoid alien and his adventures through time and space started back in 1963 as a British science-fiction television program on BBC called Doctor Who. 52 years and 12 doctors later Doctor who is a rising trend all across the world. Whovians (fans of Doctor Who) span all ages, and all generations. The original program that started it all featured 26 seasons of ‘on the edge of your seat’ entertainment before it was canceled in 1989. This show was unique, it was created to be educational; to teach children about history and science. 16 years after the original program was canceled, in 2005, something that all fans wish when their obsession goes off the air, Doctor Who was relaunched by Russell T Davies.

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Doctor Who To Victory
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This classic television show started in the UK but has taken over American’s hearts with the reboot. In the 10 years that the new Doctor Who has been in production there has been a huge wave of merchandise for Whovians to obsess over. Action figures, posters, Apparel, toys, home decor, Doctor Who has it all thanks to companies out there, such as LEGO, that saw the trend and never stop running with it. LEGO has created Doctor Who Sets, and just recently a video game where The twelfth Doctor joins Batman, Gandalf and WyldStyle in battle to save the world. The announce of this new game came right at the same time the season 9 trailer was released. The very first second that the trailer was released it went viral. The news of the video game released is currently trending on social media. All of it got us thinking that we had to way in on this cult show.

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DOCTOR WHO – BLUEPRINT

When people who have never seen the show encounter a Whovian, it can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of shouting and hand gestures and talk of stone angels who steal your soul and of course a madman in a blue box. However when those non-believers become a Whovian they understand just how impossible it is to describe this cult television show to someone they once were. I know because I was a non-believer for a long long time and I looked to my Whovian friends with a side eye every time they talked about it, but now i’m the one going to conventions and freaking out over new seasons. So trust me (and the millions of other people who call themselves Whovians), If you’re looking for a new show to start up: Choose Doctor Who.

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DOCTOR WHO – PETER CAPALDI
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DOCTOR WHO – MATT SMITH 11TH DOCTOR
The Walking dead

Walk-through The Walking Dead

We first mentioned The Walking Dead fandom in a post earlier this week, but Frame USA and especially Posterservice have been fans of the series since the beginning.

The Walking Dead Background

This fandom first started out  from a comic book written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Tony Moore back in 2003. The comic book chronicles the travels of a character named Rick Grimes, his family and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse. 7 Years later, that very comic book was used as the beginning of one of the biggest television series to date called none other than, The Walking Dead. As many TV shows and movies that are based on books go, the show followed the comic books pretty closely for the first season. As the characters developed in the series the TV Show strayed away from the comic books to form its own story line. Around that same time Telltale Games developed a video game series loosely based on the comic book. These three forms of media were the beginning, but definitely not the end, of The Walking Dead Franchise.

 

The TV show is currently filming their sixth season. The TV channel behind the series, AMC, just released a behind the scenes look at that upcoming season. To get all the fans ready for it we wanted to share all of our walking dead posters that we have available.

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Calling all Fandoms—We’ve got something for you!

If there is a TV show or movie that you’re absolutely obsessed with and find yourself talking about it every second you get, you’re not alone. In fact in the entire world there are people equally obsessed with that same show and annoying their family and friends with constant references that they know nothing about(…yet). For those unaware that they’ve been a part of a group, this phenomenon has been coined as Fandom.

According to Merriam-Webster.com A fandom has two definitions, it is all the fans (as of a sport) and it is also the state or attitude of being a fan. Here at Posterservice we like to cater to the wide range of fandoms out there with Posters!

We’ve compiled our favorite posters from some of the most popular fandoms for your enjoyment. Check them all out and if you stumble upon a fandom you know nothing about, we’ll just go ahead and say you’re welcome now for introducing you to some pretty awesome stuff.

Doctor Who

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Doctor Who To Victory
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Doctor Who The Exploding Tardis
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Doctor Who – Tardis Comic Cover
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The Walking Dead

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Walking Dead Daryl
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The Walking Dead Season 5
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The Walking Dead – Jailhouse
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Star Wars

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Star Wars – Episode 4
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Star Wars – Episode 5
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Star Wars – Episode 6
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Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones – All Men Must Die
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Attack on Titan

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Attack on Titan – Attack
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Attack on Titan – Swords
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Frozen 

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Keep Calm and Let it Go
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These are just a few of the many fandoms that we have posters for. Click the button below to see the rest of our TV & Movie posters!

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Get to know our Specialty Framing Manager: Favorite Hobby Friday

Frame USA’s Specialty Framing Manager on Favorite Hobby Friday

The last time we had favorite hobby Friday we featured our administrative assistant Jill and her awesome guitar making abilities. We’re back again this week for yet another extremely unique hobby. I sat down with the Specialty Framing Manager from our retail store, Jennifer Miller to talk to her about her hobby.

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Jennifer what is your, What is your absolute favorite hobby?

My absolute favorite hobby is making felted soaps

Felted Soaps?! Oh this is going to be interesting, when did you first start making them?  

I first started making them a few years ago.
 

How did you even get into making felted soaps, it’s such a unique hobby?  

I have been enjoying making wool felted artwork for many years. After finishing pieces, I usually have a tiny bit of wool left. Too little to do anything with; and I’m too much of a pack rat to throw it away. I started brainstorming and looking around for something that I could do with all these little scraps. 
 
I came across an article on a crocheting site that the lady was crocheting these little bags that soap would go into. She explained the benefits of encasing soap in bags: decoration, soap savers, great for exfoliation, etc. I was intrigued and went searching. My research came up with some interesting things.
 
Soap holders are a well-established craft dating quite far back. And one of the main ways these encased soaps get made is by using a wet felting technique. Since soap is small, my little scraps can be used to make this fun and colorful craft. People give me an odd look when they get a felted soap bar as a gift, but when they use it; they get hooked!

That is so awesome! How long did I t take you to become a master at it?  

I first learned wet felting techniques about 8 years ago.
 
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So you’ve had this capability for quite some time, how many hours a week would you estimate you spend on making these felted soaps?  

It depends on if I’m working on a felted sculpture. Currently I am, and I take a few hours to felt the soap after I’ve finished the sculpture. So I usually make a few bars a month. The sculptures are the main focus of every waking hour; the soap happens to be a fantastic “bi-product”.

 

I would say so! I’m so intrigued by this hobby, what is your favorite part about it?  

I love how the colors mingle together and the very unexpected nature of wet felting. Plus the soap gives off wonderful aromas that make my place smell nice.

 

Oh that is wonderful, what is your least favorite part about it?  

When looking for handmade soaps, finding a bar with a funky aroma and it makes you wrinkle up your nose.

 

Oh that stinks! Pun definitely intended. What has been the most memorable experience with this hobby?  

Since I give my felted soaps as a gifts; I love seeing peoples’ smiles; and hearing from them later that they’ve used the soap for either decoration or for cleaning.

 

That would be a lovely feeling! What is one thing you have learned about yourself through mastering this unique hobby?  

Wet felting helps calm me down. It can be very meditative. Picking out soaps for certain people; deciding if the wool will more represent the soap aroma or the person I’m giving it to; or maybe it will just simply be a miss-mash of wool scraps. All the repetitive motions of wet felting process helps me to focus on the motion; how the fibers are intertwining; even how the soap suds squish around my hands. And all of that helps me tune out the rest of the world.

 

That does sound like a very calming hobby, what is your advice for people who may want to start doing it?  

HAVE FUN!!

 

Thank you so much for enlightening our readers and myself about this beautiful art form.

 
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Get To Know Frame USA Employees—Favorite Hobby Friday

Frame USA’s Administrative Assistant on Favorite Hobby Friday

It’s been quite some time since our last Favorite Hobby Friday but we’re back with such a unique hobby that it makes up for missing a couple of Fridays! Today I spoke with our Administrative Assistant Jill Gugel about her favorite hobby, here’s what she had to say:

Jill, what is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is making Electric guitars and Cigar Box Guitars (cbg)

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That is so unique, I’ve never met anyone that had this hobby, how long have you been making the guitars?

A year and a half. The photos are builds that are done from bare wood, mostly mahogany and cherry.

That is fascinating, how did you even start creating the guitars?

I was looking for something new to try, when I found a Stratocaster unfinished electric guitar kit. I was hooked.

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You must be pretty much a master by now how long has it taken you to get where you are skill wise?

I am just a hobbyist, to become a Luthier, someone who is a true master of this art, it takes years of study, skill and then apprenticeship. I’ve gotten to where I am now by doing a lot of reading, and watching videos. The best part is there really aren’t any rules especially when making a Cigar Box Guitar.  

I’m learning so much about this craft, I wasn’t even aware that there was a name for a master of making guitars! So how many hours would you say you spend on this hobby a week?

I try to spend about 5-8 hours a week working on any aspect of a build. This also includes the reading and watching videos.

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So since you spend that many hours on this hobby, a favorite part of it must have emerged, what is it?

I enjoy making used or old guitars “Beautiful” again. Seeking out Cigar boxes, and then shaping the headstocks to mimic popular guitars on the market, but then I add a twist. Then of course string the guitar.

 

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You talk about this hobby with such passion I don’t even know if you will be able to answer this question, but what is your least favorite part about making your guitars?

I am not a fan of soldering. That seems like a skill set all by itself. Due to the colder time of a year, I am limited to only staining the guitars, painting has to wait until the warmer months.

 

What has been one of your most memorable experience with this hobby?

All the mistakes and mishaps, somehow those projects’ turn out the best, it’s like magic!!

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You must have a routine set by now, what is one thing that you have learned about yourself through this hobby?

To be a bit more patient, and learn to love sawdust

I don’t even know where I would begin, what is a piece of advice you have for someone that may want to start doing this?

Just do it!

Thank you so much Jill for taking the time to enlighten me and all of our readers about your favorite hobby! 

 

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Get to know our SEO Coordinator–Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week on Favorite Hobby Friday Frame USA’s CEO, Daniel Regenold told everyone about his love for Tennis. This week I thought I would introduce myself and tell everyone about my favorite Hobby.

My name is Brooke Skyllingstad and I’m the voice behind the recent blog, and social media posts for Frame USA. I started this position at the end of October and have loved every second of it. The reason? I get to do my favorite hobby almost every day for my job. MY favorite hobby is designing, everything from board games, invitations, flyers and ads, I love it all.

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Building Redesign

I first started designing sophomore year of high school. Prior to this I had always been interested in art but that was when I really got inspired, and have been doing it ever since. I used photo-editing software to combine images I found on the Internet with song lyrics. There was no end game behind the pieces I was creating then, I just did them to pass the time. When I discovered I could be doing things like that every day as my profession, well I couldn’t pass that up. After four tough years at The University of Dayton I graduated May of 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine art in Graphic Design.

The field of design is a field where you can never become an actual master. The field is too subjective; there are different techniques that emerge in it every single day. I never stop learning things about design, and new techniques that make it more interesting. I would like to think that I have a pretty great talent for digital illustration, most of the designs that I produce have some element of illustration and almost always have typographic elements.

I spend at least 2 plus hours every day designing new pieces, every ad that goes out to our customers for Frame USA or Frame Closeouts is designed by me, every photograph on our Instagram is taken or compiled by me. I have a small freelance business that keeps me busy when I leave work but majority of my design time is spent at Frame USA.

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Chapter book about the correlation between life and death and how everything is connected.

Design has been a huge part of my life for so long that it’s hard to choose just one thing that is my favorite but if I had to choose it would be the exact moment where an idea for a piece enters my brain. From that point on until I hit a road block I am researching experimenting and conveying that idea to the viewers.

My least favorite part of designing coincides with how I go about my work. I’m a perfectionist; I don’t want the world to see something that is less than perfect. For this reason my least favorite part is when an idea in my head doesn’t coincide with the skills I possess, so the final product doesn’t look how I imagined. When I first started college this was a huge factor in my never sleeping, I would spend hours on one tiny part of a piece that wasn’t perfect. However towards the end of college I acquired a new view on how I work. I take the imperfections that only my eyes see and use it as a way to create new ideas that will convey the ultimate goal better.

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Board Game designed about the Village of Glendale

The memorable experiences that have occurred for me with design all happened during college when I wasn’t considered a ‘professional’. They’re memorable simply because they showed my very loud doubting inner voice that I did in fact have what it took to be successful in design. I remember the exact moment when a book cover I designed became available for purchase on amazon, or when posters that I designed for Frame USA’s Fill The Truck Goes Back-2-School were hanging in store windows around my hometown. The ultimate experience for me though, was having my design chosen by my favorite band, Sick Puppies, to be on their Facebook page. Having millions of people see my work as they went to that page will forever be a highlight of my life.

The biggest thing that I have learned about myself is that the biggest critic of my work is myself. Throughout college I really struggled with doubts no matter how much praise I received for my work. Upon graduating I also learned that no matter how many doubts you have about yourself…. when it has to do with something you love, you will never ever give up.

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Book proposal for the Designers of Herman Miller Book.

The one piece of advise that I could give someone if they are interested in picking up a hobby, whether its Graphic Design or bowling is to not give up too soon. You may become frustrated and you may become tired but don’t give up because you never know how much of an impact that hobby can make on your entire life.

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Package design for the fictional company Link.

I hope this gave you a little bit of an insight into the person behind the blog and the ads of Frame USA. Stay tuned next week for Favorite Hobby Friday!