It’s my theme for this year – Take a Position. It’s not like I didn’t have a position. I did. My business does. We build healthy brands, and we help organizations that help people. But during the course of a year, or five or ten, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stuff [...]
Before I get to the Two Bulls on a Hill, I’m going to tell you what I’m most thankful for in this world. It’s my father, Larry Culbertson. Since I was a kid, my father has allowed me to develop into the man I was meant to be. He never directed me, never pushed me, [...]
I know a lot of simple ways to fall. Here's a selection of my current favorites. I didn't include the song I wrote, titled appropriately enough, A Simple Way to Fall. Perhaps I will in a future blog. Feel free to share your own simple ways. Fall Classic Indians and Cubs in the World Series. An [...]
I did my detox, and I feel better. What about you -- Can you let go? We all do it. Daily. Some of us all day long. We can’t live without it. We wake up to it. Go to bed with it. And if you are like me, you take it into the bathroom with you. [...]
Something wine and gold happened to me while trying to figure out what to write in my color blog. Something wine-believable. Something unfor-goldable. Something impossible that I need to share. Sunday, June 19, 2016 It’s getting late and I’m stuck at my baseball game because the umps showed up forty minutes late. I’m happy to be playing ball [...]
My motivation is being hit with a case of Up Jumped Spring, one of my favorite seasonal jazz tunes, and one of Freddie Hubbard's best. It's a tune that feels like what happens when spring jumps up (thankfully a bit early this year). It delightfully messes with my motivation and direction. Different music. Different clothes. Windows open. Furniture [...]
All through Charlie Parker's bebop tune, Anthropology, practically every ending leads to beginning. It's a trait peculiar to bebop, and a lot of jazz music in general. The syncopated phrases seem to end, only to push you forward to the next phrase. Every harmonic cadence (an ending of sorts) pushes forward to another key, a chord, [...]
It’s the holiday season! The most magical time of the year, a time when we stop to give thanks, spend time with family and friends, and some of us give a holiday gift to someone we love. That means... SHOPPING! Last year, Jameson wrote The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Creatives in Your Life, which [...]
When we establish a new identity or refresh an existing one, we provide our clients with brand guidelines. These guidelines are a set of rules that help to maintain the consistency and integrity of a brand over time. Within the guidelines, we provide specs for the brand's exact PMS colors. Pantone Matching System (PMS) is [...]
Before this month the phrase “All In” meant something very different to me than it does today. “All In” brought to mind a scene of individuals sitting around a table praying that the odds are in their favor as one of them slides all their chips to the center, hoping no one guesses they actually [...]
It is well researched and well documented that a simple tune can amplify any message. So unless you're a Keats, a Shakespeare, or a Maya Angelou, you should probably set your messages to music if you want them to be remembered. We see messaging and music done well in a lot of marketing and advertising. We [...]
Our moods can be affected by so many things. A melancholy song, the weather, or even a smell. While many of these mood influencers can be clear as day, one of the biggest subconscious influencers is color. Remember the mood rings that were all the rage in the early 90's? Well as it turns out there is some [...]
My first true awareness of imagery was when we read Ethan Frome in school. Seems appropriate that I should be discussing it now, given the snow piled high along the streets, sparkling in frozen temptation. It is a million diamonds dusting bare tree branches and providing a smooth glittering surface, white marble alleyways lining streets, ruined [...]
For years stock photography was been something you order from other companies, but thanks to the advent of digital photography and the Internet, we now have access to thousands upon thousands of images online from innumerable sources. (Hopefully) Gone are the days of the strange perspective, wacky poses on white backgrounds, but the new trouble designers across [...]
Here is a fun look back at all of the designRoom Creative Holiday cards. Let us know which one is your favorite. Bonus points if you can guess the designers (no cheating past dRC designers). Hint: I try as hard as I can to get out of doing the card every year, but some of [...]
I've had my white Christmas, and it was enlightening. Among other things, the holidays for me mean once-a-year kind of projects, both here at dRC and in my music career. The holiday card-making I'll leave for Chad to write about. I'm going to share my holiday music work. Last year through the holidays I played [...]
It's that most wonderful time of the year again! My birthday (in mid-December) is almost always forgotten, Holiday gifts are exchanged and nearly everyone is faced with loosening their belts a notch until spring. Last year I wrote The Holiday Gift Guide for Creatives to help those looking to buy gifts for notoriously difficult to shop [...]
I believe, as the result of many an internet image search, our world is becoming more random. And wacky. If you have a teenager, you'll know what I mean by random. And wacky. Just check out this video. My daughter thought it was hilarious. When she showed it to me, I just stood there dumbfounded [...]
I spend less than two minutes picking paint colors from that massive swatch kiosk at Home Depot. I go with my gut. But I really only have myself to please. It's different in my design work. There are so many factors that go into developing a color palette for a brand, a campaign or even [...]
I own a creative studio. Every day here is colorful. Our designers are immersed in color, recommending palettes for client brands - digging deep into color psychology, meaning, relationships, competition, hierarchy and every other aspect you can think of. Even our walls are a bright orange and pale blue. I oversee this colorful kingdom while wearing [...]
When we create a new brand or update an existing one, we will provide the client with a set of brand guidelines. In these guidelines are specs for the brand’s exact PMS colors. So, what on earth is a PMS color? PMS is the Pantone Matching System - a proprietary system used universally in design, fashion [...]
Christmas shopping can be difficult. Christmas shopping for a creative person can be even harder. They might be the type that already has what they need, their plans for the 4K Ultra HD ready Mac Pro seem a bit pricey and they can make their own cards (if they do not already send you one yearly). So what do you get the graphic designer, illustrator and general creative person in your life this Holiday season? Since I torture my friends and family with this exact situation yearly, I made a short list of 18 things sure to impress and bring a little cheer to their holiday.
When we present concepts to clients, I often wonder if they think about how we got from the creative brief to the visual solution. I wonder if they try to understand the leap from words and thoughts to images/colors/type. Maybe they understand more than I give them credit for. Or maybe they don’t care at all and I am just wondering how I do it myself. I’m always a little surprised where inspiration comes from.
When the iPad was released it was panned for being a large iPhone. Tablets were thought of as media consumption devices, because of their size and their touch interface. Now though, they are extending out from general use and into creative and development capabilities. But fret not, traditionalists. These mobile platforms have a long way to go before they replace the trusty desktop workhorse and convince me to stop using my iMac. Even so, I am increasingly finding design apps that integrate easily and effectively into my workflow.