design

2012 was a busy year. Not so much for Gibbs Design but for me personally and my full time job. Unfortunately (or fortunately) my regular job has been very busy so I haven’t had time to focus on my freelance work (that’s the unfortunate part).  I work as a full time in-house designer for a company the employs over 400 people. Last year we moved to a new building and had to redo all our marketing material. I had the pleasure to redesign it all. Working as the only designer at a large company can be very lonely from a creative stand point. Over theRead More →

Watch out because I’m going to release my inner geek. One of my hobbies is playing miniature wargames. You know the ones where you buy the miniatures, paint them, build terrain and play with them. Yup, those. My favorite one right now is Warmachine by Privateer Press. There is a group of guys I play with in the Carolinas called the NC Gunbunnies. I recently helped them create a riff on the Warmachine Steamroller tournament logo.Read More →

Too often I hear designers, friends and even myself say, “I’m waiting to be inspired.” STOP WAITING! We search the web, magazines or other places for inspiration when we don’t know where to start on a project. Stop waiting! Start creating. As you create the ideas will formulate and start to flow. Ideas don’t come to you while you’re sitting around doing nothing. They come to you when you are doing. Some of my best ideas come to me while I’m working on a project that is unrelated. I believe our subconscious is continually working on things and it is when we do something elseRead More →

For Valentine’s Day each year I design a card for my lovely wife. This year was no exception. I started with a sketch of what I wanted to do and scanned it in to create the vectors. Many times I go into these projects with a loose idea of what I want to do and experiment on the computer to come up with the final design. While not always a good practice, sometimes it is easier and quicker to “sketch” on the computer as you can make changes to elements quickly and see what the results will be.Read More →

The company I work full time for does client events at industry conferences every year. Each year I create the invites for the clients. These are some of my funner projects. This year they are doing an event at SeaWorld with Shamu so the invite had to have an underwater theme. We worked out some ideas and decided to create an underwater background because the clients will enjoy dinner with the sharks. Well, they will be eating in a large aquarium where they can see the sharks swimming.Read More →