Rafflecopter – an affordable solution for managing giveaways


A month-long Rafflecopter giveaway created by The Placemaking Group for the Kosrae Visitor’s Bureau has wrapped up, and was a great success. With over 7,000 total entries, the second annual Picture Yourself on Kosrae contest used Rafflecopter’s tools to host a giveaway of a GoPro camera on Facebook. Cross-promotion on the Kosrae Facebook Page, Twitter, […]

Four Steps to an Effective Business Continuity Plan


Occasionally at The Placemaking Group, I get to put on my beret and step into the role of videographer to produce video blogs for their Get Famous blog or, even better, for clients’ blogs. This is the latest new video for IT support services company, Clare Computer, expert Jim Bender explains the basic steps of […]

Coffitivity and Kuler: This month’s favorite apps


This month in heavy rotation are Coffitivity, a white noise app that emulates the gentle murmur of a coffee shop, and Adobe’s Kuler, a color palette generator. Coffitivity Coffitivity is based on the premise (supported by some interesting research) that coffee shop noises enhance creativity. Can’t make it to your favorite local haunt to brainstorm over […]

New Launch for The Placemaking Group: Microscope Hub


MicroscopeHub.com, an online store for high quality, brand name microscopes, is a recent e-commerce website launch by Placemaking Group. As senior designer on the project, I was involved in its design and website production. From The Placemaking Group’s website: Microscope Hub is an online store providing high quality, brand name microscopes at fair prices. We structured and designed their […]

Interaction of Color: This Month’s Favorite App


On vacation this week I got lost in a wonderful new app commemorating the 50th anniversary of Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. The new edition of the book is also splendid, but it was playing with the app really took me back to art school and X-ACTO knives and Color-aid paper. From grain edit: […]

WordPress theme design for a food writer

Mini Case Study – Vanessa Barrington


Vanessa is a cook and author specializing in writing about food justice, urban agriculture, and sustainability. She had a dated website as well as a TypePad blog with disparate designs, and with a beautiful new cookbook, DIY Delicious, due to be published, it was time to unify and refreshen her web presence with a more […]

My work in the wild


Most of the time these days I work on web projects: designing new websites or working on their production, crafting blog posts and related graphics, and managing social networking sites for agency clients. But I do also often design printed marketing pieces for clients and it’s fun to see them out and about. Here’s a […]