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Over the years, I’ve had my hands in many things. I’ve worked as an independent designer running my own company. I’ve worked as a consultant for other companies. I’ve worked as an employee at startups. I’ve managed my personal brand online, built side projects like HappyPatron, and a few other business-related endeavors that I’ve since sold. None of this includes my personal life as a husband, father, life-long Learner, etc.

I’ve written a lot about my desire to collect experiences to grow and learn. However, this has come with a challenge. When I meet someone, they ask, “What do you…

Maybe you know this, Maybe you don’t. You’re still learning, I’m still learning, your boss is still learning, Educators are still learning — heck your parents and friends are still learning. Everyone’s still learning, and that’s okay. Today is today, tomorrow is tomorrow.

We all have gaps. Rather than put pressure on yourself to have the solution to a problem right away, Instead start by asking more questions. Spend more time seeking out experts and learning more about the challenge to ensure you have all of the information needed to formulate the best solutions necessary for that problem.

In short. Don’t rush to answers. Instead, speed to discovery.

Note: This post was originally published on my personal blog at

Every industry has award competitions that businesses and practitioners want to win. Design is no different. Award opportunities are everywhere. At one point in my life, I felt strongly about the need to win at least one award. In fact, I succeed a few times. However, nowadays I pay little attention to awards.

Awards and competitions can serve as a great way to celebrate a communities success, highlight a few notable contributors and yes, winning can provide a level of validation. But remember, winning isn’t everything.

Throughout my entire career, I’ve never once hired someone (or a company) because of…

As a designer, I’ve always appreciated the power simplicity, and minimalism has on my designs. However, it wasn’t until recently that I began to realize how I can use minimalism to strengthen my life.

Let me break down why practicing minimalism in both design and life has been so beneficial for me, especially the older I get.

Minimalism In Design:

  • The simplest ideas often communicate the quickest.
  • The most focused solutions are the easiest to build, maintain and update.
  • Simplicity in design can have cheaper implementation and maintenance costs.
  • It’s hard to achieve, but once you do, it’s loved by all.
  • Simple solutions…

The other day, I started thinking about the designers that I’ve encountered throughout my career. Some of them have impacted me in ways they probably don’t realize. These people inspire(d) me with not just their work, but also by being great people and life mentors. They’re always on top of their game, they balance their lives, and they “own” their careers. More importantly, they are the type of designers that have depth to them. They are built on more than just having great design chops and striving to have great designs that inspire. …

I’ve been designing logos and creating brands for companies for nearly a decade. In fact, much of the early work we did at Greenline Creative was focussed primarily on brand development and website creation for companies who were just breaking ground. This was the most rewarding work I’ve ever done, so I’m extremely happy to share with you some of the principles that we followed to create engaging brands.

They are the same principles that I learned while doing sub-brand work for companies like the NFL, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Select Comfort, and Target. …

One of the hardest things that you have to do as a designer is scale yourself — whether you bring on other designers as contractors to help you with your client work, or work as a design leader who’s looking to scale the team. I’ve been in a number of environments over my career. Some were super established and already had a “system” in place, but I’ve also been in small startups (and ran my own studio) where we had to take the first step towards scaling. It’s not an easy task by any means, and it can be a…

I’m a new dad. Four months ago, my daughter was introduced to Frozen, and she’s now officially hooked. For all the parents who are reading this, you know what that means. All kidding aside, I’m pretty amazed that at just 14 months’ old, she managed to catch the Frozen bug so fast. I suppose that’s the magic of Disney. Ironically though, when I was reflecting on the last few months, I couldn’t help but notice that designers and the industry could learn a thing or two from this movie. I’ll point out a couple of them here.

A quick disclaimer…

The Pipe (a directory of hand-picked self-published design, technology, and business ebooks) was originally created by Andy Johnson. However, late last year Andy asked if I would be willing to take The Pipe over so that he can focus the majority of his time on his other project Harpoon — which is quickly becoming the go-to financial planning tool for freelancers and with it’s growth, it’s been a struggle to maintain both projects.

Since I’ve been following The Pipe’s progress since day 1 and have felt a bit of love for this passion project, I said yes. The transition began…

I was recently invited to film an introductory course on InVision at Lynda. Since this was a brand new experience for me, I figured I’d snap some photos and document my journey. I hope this serves as a handy guide to anyone who wants to (or is prepping to) film a course with Lynda.

The Preparation:

From the very beginning, it was clear that Lynda’s filmed one or two courses before. …

Dennis Field

I’m a designer solving People challenges @InVision. I also wrote a book that helps other designers reach their goals. Learn more:

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