The Fine Line of Copyright Infringement

In Design Ramblings by David Hamilton

Had some disappointing news this week when one of my t-shirt designs was pulled from my Cafepress store due to potential copyright violations. This kind of thing comes up all the time, but most of the time I’m able to argue my case and get the design re-instated. After all, I tread very carefully to make sure that I don’t …

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Fun With 1940s Colorizing

In Clients, Design Ramblings by David Hamilton

Sometimes the really fun projects sneak up on you by accident.  When I started work on this poster for North Coast Repertory Theatre  I knew that I was going to get to have some fun with the 1940s style. I’ve been enjoying playing around with the WWII era while working on the layout for the new Humboldt Fire website (lots …

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Dragonfly Diva gearing up for Christmas

In Clients by David Hamilton

We’re getting into the holiday season, and one of my favorite clients is gearing up her store for Christmas. It’s the time of year where we polish up the search engine optimization, start the Facebook ad campaigns and hope that the money starts pouring in.  I often find that the boost from Christmas sales in my own Cafepress store is …

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The Most Ironic Indicator of Web Success

In Design Ramblings by David Hamilton

Junk mail. Yep, you heard me right.  If your inbox is filled with requests from Nigerian princesses and offers for cheap Viagra, your website is probably doing it’s job. You see, unless you’ve entered your email address on a large number of phishing sites, the number one way that your address gets out to the scammers and the junk mail …

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What Web Designers Can Learn From Theatre

In Web Design Tips by David Hamilton

Behind the redwood curtain, we are blessed with a thriving artistic community. It seems like every time that you tip over a trash can in Humboldt County, a mime pops out and stuffs imaginary garbage in your pocket.  Not that my web business is complaining.  Artists – though notorious for surviving off grant money and pocket lint – are always eager to tell their …