Although it’s been a bumpy ride, I’ve finally got some good news to announce… my US working Visa (J1) was approved! In two weeks I’ll be heading back to New York to continue working there, for 12 more months (minimum).
I haven’t got a job lined up just yet as I’ve been awaiting the approval of the visa before searching however my search is now in progress. The best news about this new J1 Visa is that’s it’s extremely flexible, I can work for multiple employers (if I were to freelance) at the same time with no paper work or fees at all. A huge change from the E3 Visa.
Here are some of my favourite links from this week. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, where I share these sorts of links on a daily basis.
- How ink is made [Video]
- New Twitter design guidelines and free PSD layouts for standard resolutions
- Creative people you should be following on Twitter
- 11 Trends in Web Logo Design: The Good, the Bad and the Overused
- Logo Of The Month for September is…
- Finding success as a self-employed designer
- Fonts used by corporate brands around the world
- Adobe CS Review is free for a year
I’ve recently got into the designer show & tell website, Dribbble. On this site I share sneak peek snap shots of what I am currently working on.
I was a bit hesitant of joining the site at first (yet another site to waste time on), however after using it for a month, I found the community to be very active, constructive and a great place for inspiration. Feel free to follow me on Dribbble and before you ask, sorry I don’t have any spare Dribbble invites!
Also see the article How To Use Dribbble.
JCD Facebook Fan Page
These days, I don’t have the time to write up the design process for each of my designs but below you can see some of recently completed work with a short summary on each.
Vista Capital Partners
Identity re-branding for Vista Capital Partners. VCP provides wealth management to high net worth clients. This includes investment management, asset allocation, retirement planning, college funding, estate planning, tax planning, etc. Based in Portland, Orego.
Typefaces: Georgia and Gotham, with customisation.
Modelling Design Partners
Logo design for Modelling Design Partners, a start up consulting company that designs financial mathematical software models for life insurance actuaries and financial directors. Based in the UK.
Typeface: Forza by H&FJ.
Logo & identity design for the New York Digital District, located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Collaborative effort between Chris Petescia, Chris Fohlin, Brian Lemond & myself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this project, creating over 30 different refined concepts over a period of 3 months. I really love the outcome and it’s great to be able to leave my mark on a whole district of NYC.
Typefaces: Custom made ‘NYDD’ and Trade Gothic Bold Condensed No 20.
Logo design for an apparatus that attaches to vehicles / homes & repels deers by transmitting sound waves. Australian owned and recently trademarked.
Typeface: ITC Franklin Gothic Std Demi Compressed.
6th Republic Clothing Company
6th Republic Clothing Company is a new fashion lifestyle brand. Based in USA.
Typefaces: Arno Pro & News Gothic.
Nothing But Internet
To raise awareness of a basketball game between two agencies, a micro-site was set up allowing players from each team to taunt each other, as well as allowing the general public to taunt the team members. Take note of the middle column where the taunts appear, made possible via the use of Twitter hash tags.
Unfortunately this site never saw the light of day, but the concept & design could be adapted to any other versus type match. A clever stunt using social media.
Typefaces: League Gothic and Helvetica
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