Working in web design can be a complicated process. A lot of creative decisions need to be made while working under a deadline, and within a budget. Both functionality and the client’s needs have to take priority, all while looking prettier than the previous iteration. So how do the pros do it? We’d like to […]
On Keeping Projects Moving and Shifting Gears: an interview with Kelley “Frisky Sour” Gardiner
Writing a book is no small undertaking, and neither is being a parent. Kelley “Frisky Sour” Gardiner didn’t shy away from either of those things, though–she resolved to write and edit her first book throughout her pregnancy, and publish it before her little one’s due date! Now, she’s created Roller Derby for Beginners, a definitive roller derby resource book […]
Athletes into Superheroes: Conceptual Photography
Photography is a powerful way to make an impression, and creating unique conceptual art is just one way of doing it! A couple of years ago, I absentmindedly scribbled down the idea of shooting skaters from the Rose City Rollers’ all-star team, the Wheels of Justice, in superhero-inspired poses and settings. Seeing these people as heroes wasn’t much […]
Photo Shoot with Portland Men’s Roller Derby
Team Upswept recently tackled the not-to-be-trifled-with task of shooting a 12-month calendar: we were brought in by Portland’s very own men’s (yes, men!) roller derby all-star travel team, the Bridgetown Menace, to collaborate with them on their 2014 fundraiser. Each page stars a member of their skating roster, and the guys brought their beards, biceps, and […]
Portland Web Design | On the Rose City Rollers redesign and Finding creative release
It’s been a big-deal month for me, both in Portland web design and Portland roller derby! A week-or-so ago, I played in my first derby bout as a High Roller, at Rose City Rollers’ Season 8 Opener, and I had a fantastic time doing it. And, a mere week before that, I unleashed a brand […]
Portland Flyer Design | High Rollers Brunch Fundraiser!
Y’all know that I do design and photography by day, but by night, I also play roller derby! I was recently drafted to the High Rollers, and I love being a part of my team! Now I’ve brought two of my loves together, with a Portland flyer design for my beloved team’s upcoming Brunch Fundraiser! […]
Ignite Portland 11: Become More Awesome at Roller Skating!
Hey guys! Thanks for listening during my Ignite Portland talk. I’m glad you came, and I hope you learned a few things from all of the super-cool speakers, and hopefully from me, too. 😉 As promised, here are some handy links to videos and blogs, that’ll help you get more in-depth on the skating techniques […]
Portland graphic designer | I’m Speaking at Ignite Portland 11!
Thanks to an unexpected combination of hubris and overabundant enthusiasm about roller skating, I’ve been selected as a speaker for Ignite Portland 11! Yes, you read that right, folks–if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to see me attempt public speaking in all my introverted glory, here it is. I’ll be delivering 20 slides’ and […]
Portland Logo Design | Roller Derby Design | DerbyCoaching.com
Roller derby is a growing sport, and it needs good design to keep growing and gaining respect in the sports community… and, as a derby skater, I’m definitely happy to be contributing to that effort! I was approached for some logo design advice by Beater Venkman of the Stateline Derby Divas, for her new online […]
Portland Web Design | Custom Web Site Design | Bridgetown Brawl
I love getting inspired by custom web site design, and when the inspiration is one of my favorite things ever–namely, roller derby–I’m basically dancing a jig. If you’ve been watching my Twitter feed over the past few weeks, then you know that Portland’s Rose City Rollers are hosting this year’s WFTDA West Region Playoffs, otherwise […]