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April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

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League Gothic is a old-but-now-new again typeface – and it’s free! I absolutely love its styling and versatility. I also couldn’t decide on grey/black or red, so you lucky readers get TWO wallpaper choices this week. I know I know, I’m too kind. Anyway, enjoy, share, and subscribe to the RSS feed! Click to download the […]

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I’ve written before about how to be an efficient designer. As a two-person business, Paper Leaf needs to be especially efficient, as the two of us need to cover a lot of jobs – designers, but also sales, accounting, project management and more. With that in mind, we’ve recently starting using client forms to help […]

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Hello & welcome to another installment of the Free Friday Design Wallpaper series. Today we’ll be focusing on Trajan Pro, a beautiful serif typeface that lends itself well to designs of  legal, historical or religious backgrounds. As you can see here, it also works for an old-lookin’ crossword puzzle-style design. Enjoy, share, and subscribe to the […]

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I was recently hired by two local Edmonton singer/songwriters – Daniel Moir and Stephanie Bosch – to design a tour kickoff poster for them. I enjoy their music, and had shot photos for Daniel before, so it was great to be able to work on one of my favorite items to design – the gig […]

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…Extra Bold, that is. I like Rockwell. It’s a classy typeface at its heart, but the Rockwell family can be used in a variety of ways; for instance, in this aggressive, in-your-face wallpaper. Enjoy, share, and subscribe to the RSS feed! Click to download the Rockwell Wallpaper in 1920X1200, 1680X1050, 1440X900 or 1280X800. Pass it along!

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We all know the importance of having a solid online portfolio. It’s relatively simple to show the work we’ve developed for the screen on our website – after all, that’s how it was meant to be seen. But what about printed material? As designers, we have two options for showing our printed material on our […]

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Gotham isn’t only the hometown of the greatest superhero alive; it is also a beautiful typeface. One of my favorites, in fact. It’s strong, clean, modern & highly legible. Thus, Gotham is the subject of this week’s Free Friday Design Wallpaper. Added bonus: the dark background makes it ideal for editing photos/doing image work without the […]

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Welcome to From A to Z, where I outline all the steps taken in a specific project. In this particular instance, I’ll outline the workflow from initial brainstorming through to delivery for a recording studio logo design. Recently a friend of mine, Randor, came to me for a logo redesign. He runs an Edmonton-based recording […]

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Neutra is a classy font. So I decided to make a classy tennis-club-style emblem for this Friday’s Free Friday Design Wallpaper. 4 different screen sizes below. Enjoy, share, and subscribe to the RSS feed!! Click to download the Neutra Wallpaper in 1920X1200, 1680X1050, 1440X900 or 1280X800. Pass it along!

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Thanks to this whole “internet” thing, you can have clients all over the world if you’re a designer. Blogs, directories, and software like Skype, iChat and more have completely reshaped long-distance working relationships. However, there is still a lot to be said for local clients. Depending on your city (or town, or hamlet, or whathaveyou), […]

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