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In a career that requires you to be a creative problem solver, it’s always good to be able to step out and breathe a little bit. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending another local AIGA event with a co-worker during normal work hours. It was great to be able to back away from the computer screen that we’re typically glued to and just sit, listen, learn, eat, and mingle with other creatives. AIGA Raleigh’s Homegrown Lunch & Learn series has proven to be a great refresher for a creative mind, being both informative and fun. The Web Designer’s Tool Kit presentation with Mindy Wagner of Viget was no exception.

Mindy provided many helpful insights on web design, showing Viget’s streamlined and successful workflow to an intruiged crowd at Sitti in downtown Raleigh. She took us through their process of Kickoffs, Mood Boards, Comps, and Style Guides explaining their intricacies relating directly to real projects they worked on. Mindy discussed building trust with clients, testing the waters with mood boards, etc. all while answering questions from inquiring minds in the audience.

It was quite a treat to be able to see another creative firm’s web design process from start to finish. All in all, it was a valuable experience, and I, as well as, the rest of the team at Burning Oak Studios, look forward to attending other events in this series.

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Recently I had the pleasure of attending House Party Classics Vol 3 at The Union in Downtown Raleigh, NC. Basically, House Party Classics is a really fun after party for downtown Raleigh First Friday attendees. After the big gallery hop, The Union is the place to be for a fantastic time with DJ Sami Automatic, breakdancers, and live graffiti art with Sean Kernick, Victor Knight, and others. I helped produce a video for the event using footage from my Canon t2i and a couple of GoPros working with Joe Bruno of Critical Cutz and Sean Kernick of 24Flinching.com. Below you can view the video we created.

The next First Friday and House Party Classics event will take place on August 5, mark your calendars and look forward to a great time 🙂

Also, check out the logo design I created for Critical Cutz below…
Critical Cutz Logo