Ten of my favorite articles from 2013. Well, the ones that makes sense on this blog anyways… Read More

With the introduction of a New Basecamp that didn’t have time-tracking it was time for me to look for a new Project Management System. I enjoyed the process I little too much. Here are my reviews of 7 of the best, along with a surprise ending.
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While working on some concepts for a new website I realized that a single, long-page design might be a good solution. That got me looking for some inspiration from others who had done something similar. Now, as a whole I think the single-page long-scrolling webpages are a fancy way for designers and developers to get… Read More

What can I say? I’ve loved working on an Apple computer, listening to loud music on my headphones, and grinning sheepishly since I was a kid. Only now I get to do it for a living… Read More

The Magic Mouse from Apple is one of the most beautiful mice I’ve ever seen. But spend a couple hours using it and you’ll see that it’s ergonomics might not be quite up to snuff. There are  discussions here and here about how the Magic mouse might be better with ergonomics. In fact, there is… Read More

This is Part 8 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. In January of 2010 I took a private business retreat that quickly turned into a holistic life retreat. One idea that really came to me as I meditated was… Read More

This is Part 7 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. As a freelance designer I’m immersed in design all day, which works out great because I love design. Hopefully you love your job as well. But sometimes when we… Read More

This is Part 7 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. Part of creating the right work/life balance in your life is creating balance in all areas of your life – emotional, spiritual, and physical. This post is just a… Read More

This is Part 6 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. Finding time away from work used to be about “unplugging.” No more. Now we have numerous ways we can be literally “unplugged” while still be hooked into the stream… Read More

Taking a dose of my own work/life balance medicine tonight and not going to finish the post for tomorrow. Posting a publishing schedule has been good to force me to write this series, but I think this is the perfect opportunity to put the balance idea into affect. We should be resuming next week with… Read More

This is Part 5 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. You move fast. Admit it. Much of the time, maybe most of the time, you hit the floor running and don’t get a break till you climb into bed… Read More

This is Part 4 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. Putting in 12-hour days. Constantly being stressed about work. Not being able to sleep because you’re thinking about your job. Not spending quality time with your loved ones because… Read More

This is Part 2 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. Now that you know what you want in life and you’ve set your priorities based on that, its time to start making changes that will get you to that… Read More

This is Part 2 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. Now that you’ve decided what you want for your life, its time to start prioritizing your time and energy to achieve that life. Your Priorities I’m big on creating… Read More

This is Part 1 in the Apt Design 2011 Ebook Series – Creating Work/Life Balance. Click here to get the book and see the whole series. Does it sometimes feel like you’re running the rat-race full-tilt and yet you don’t even know why you’re doing it? So many of us don’t know what we want… Read More

Creating a healthy work/life balance is something I’m very passionate about – both for myself and for other people (I’ve written about it here and here). Today hundreds of thousands of employees across the world are feeling constantly overworked and stressed about their jobs. At the same time many feel like they don’t have the time… Read More

Zenhabits.net is one of my favorite blogs, and its sister site zenfamilyhabits.net is a great resource for healthy, positive, simple, loving families. Today I have a guest post published on zenfamilyhabits.net entitled How to Make Overtime Work for You. Most of us will experience working overtime at some point in our lives. My post shows… Read More

2010 was the Year of Teams for me. Though I’ve worked at a design company besides being a solo freelancer, I hadn’t really worked on a design team since college. But 2010 found me working a lot on teams, both as a subcontractor for others and as a boss with subcontractors working for me. It… Read More

Last year I created a special ebook for my clients.  It was named the Apt Design 2010 Client Ebook and was basically a thank you to all of them for being great clients in 2009.  The little book was full of business tips and inspiration I had come across during the year and wanted to… Read More

At the beginning of this year I moved my business bookkeeping and accounting from the horrible QuickBooks to Clarity Accounting, which has now been renamed Kashoo.  Kashoo is a completely online app which easily lets me enter expenses, track my income and even send Invoices via email.  It’s a great little app that seems to… Read More

I don’t usually write blog posts about finishing projects (you can just see them in my portfolio), but I’ve recently finished two huge projects that were a lot of fun and that turned out really great.  Thought I’d let you know about them. The first is for the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.  I’ve been… Read More

A few weeks ago, for the 3rd anniversary of Apt Design, I sent out a survey to all of my previous and current clients.  It was an opportunity to get some honest feedback from people who had really worked with me, and look at how those responses could make my company better.  Overall the 2010… Read More

There hasn’t been much action here on the Apt Design blog lately.  One of the reasons for that is that I’ve been working on a post for another, bigger blog – GraphicDesignBlender.com after Preston invited me to write a guest post.  Recently I finished up the article and it was published.  If you want, just… Read More

Next month Apt Design will be celebrating it’s 3rd birthday. As part of that celebration and in keeping with my core value of Communication I’m going to be sending a customer survey to all of my past and present clients.  I’ve talked about getting feedback on this blog before, because I think it is extremely… Read More

Recently I started looking for some ways to be more creative.  I mean, I’m creative all day at my job, working on original web designs, creating logos and designing ads and posters.  But it’s tough for me to want to keep doing that same kind of design after hours.  So, in the past few years… Read More

I’m not a big proponent of meetings.  In a few cases I think they can help brainstorm good ideas, make decisions quickly, and make big changes decisively.  But, for the most part I think the time could be spent better (either doing more productive work or enjoying relationships with those we love). One big reason… Read More

I try to keep this blog focused on things of interest to my clients. Lately though I’ve had a lot of requests from my clients to see photos of my baby daughter. So this week we’ll be taking a break from WordPress, design, author websites and the like. Instead, just cute baby pictures: Read More

The Rich List If you have your eyes open at all it’s impossible not to see that in America we are living in a lap of luxury unprecedented in the history of the world.  And if you visit GlobalRichList.com and enter your income you’ll see our luxury is outstanding even compared to the rest of… Read More

Recently I gave a workshop at Write on the River, a writers’ conference for North Central Washington.  My presentation was entitled Blogging and Social Media: What Every Writer Should Know.  I spent a lot of time preparing and had lots of great information for the talk, but one of my favorite parts was getting to… Read More

Book covers are a unique and wonderful art form.  It’s no simple task to boil down hundreds of pages of well-considered words into a single image or design and still make it compelling enough for people to want to pick it up.  Book design can sometimes make or break the success of a book. It… Read More