Hello

My name is Mary.

I am halftankStudio

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User Experience,

but swearing is my superpower.

Remember back in the late 90s when everyone was trying to pass themselves off as a company? That’s when I started doing website design.

 

I’ve since learned that if you try to sound like a company, people don’t give a shit about what you can do. And you can’t do your best work by faking it. I work with a lot of data and charts and graphs every day, so that means for me NOTHING can be fake.

 

I also teach classes in graphic design. The quote to the right is a typography assignment from one of my classes. I always believe that if you teach, you need to give yourself the same assignments you give your students.

 

 

 

'success is not final, failure is not fatal, it it the courage to continue that counts' - Winston Churchill

Did you ever want to know more about how graphic designers work in Illustrator?

 

Have you ever described yourself as a "visual learner"?

 

Do you use software manuals to prop up your monitor, and for nothing else?

 

I put together an eBook of visualized tips and tricks for using Adobe Illustrator. Available now in a bundle with PDF and EPUB versions.

 

 

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research

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journey

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sketch

Research

Journey

Sketch

Every great design comes from a lot of research and understanding.

Think of it as a treasure map, you need an idea of where you're going at least.

Start with pens and paper. A lot of paper. And sometimes trips to get new pens.

How it's done

This one is hard to explain. If you do this kind of work, you need to be open to anything when it comes to where ideas come from. I've gotten design ideas from things like Trader Joe's grocery bags. You just never know.

a page out of one of my sketchbooks

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Using Milo theme from Muse-Themes.com. Remember the first time you used Photoshop? Muse is like that: kind of frustrating, especially if you're an Illustrator freak, but in the end rewarding.

'success is not final, failure is not fatal, it it the courage to continue that counts' - Winston Churchill
a page out of one of my sketchbooks
'success is not final, failure is not fatal, it it the courage to continue that counts' - Winston Churchill
a page out of one of my sketchbooks