Graphic 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 →

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 →

It has been awhile since I posted anything on my blog. As I have said before Gibbs Design is a part time job for me so I haven’t devoted as much time this past year as I would have liked to. My regular full time job has kept me busy with a company change (we were bought) which meant updating our marketing materials from top to bottom. I also started to focus a bit more on my BBQ hobby and doing reviews of BBQ products and restaurants over on my Q4Fun blog. So last year has been eventfull. I have created some fun projects thatRead More →

Recently My wife and I did some rearranging in our game room. We wanted to move some bookshelves around to make some more room and change where the tv was located. This meant removing all the books off the book shelves and going through them. We removed a few to donate to local libraries and other places which made more room for the books we kept. It made it possible for me to have a graphic design book shelf where I can actually see what books I have. I have two binders from HOW Conferences which are full of great info I like to referRead More →

Project Type: Identity Client: Catchafire for Q Challenge: Create a logo and character to help promote Operation Thanksgiving Turkey (OTT). Solution: One of my hobbies is competition BBQ. The team I’m on does Operation Thanksgiving Turkey each Thanksgiving to help feed needy families in our area. The first year we fed 40 families, last year we fed 286. After two years of promoting OTT with nothing other than some text posters it was decided a logo was needed. The word “operation” brought to mind a military operation and with all the volunteers involved it is almost like one. After playing around with some ideas forRead More →