Part of my role as Creative Director at Visual.ly is to evaluate infographic designer candidates and make sure the best are members of our Marketplace. Mostly, this involves reviewing around 20 to 100 portfolios per week. After looking at thousands of portfolios this year, I have come up with somes tips for designers to stick to if they are looking to get the attention of a creative director. Your own domain vs hosted portfoio sites Having your own domain and website is an opportunity and a risk. It allows you to immediately show off any website design skills you may have and this should be required forRead More →

Here is the 2nd Amendment, it’s pretty short. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Most gun owners I have talked to usually leave off the first part and invoke the 2nd Amendment as a “right to defend oneself” which is not the case.  But that is understandable.  Who wants to put in the work of joining a militia these days… all those meetings. But the well researched and educated gun owners I talk to also are missing the point.  Taking it one step back,Read More →

So this graphic I did was initiated by Ron Conway and then swept up a whole bunch of other people, mainly Bloomberg and the gun policy folks at the mayors office.  They had some interesting data and the narrative fell into place from there.  A bit of a different style for me as I would normally use photos to depict people but I felt that the sketch/watercolor has more gravitas. What do you think?   Browse more data visualization.  Read More →

At a sauna, he rests his head on a man’s shoulder, dressed in blue, while another man covered in tattoos is stretching. He sings in front of two men playing chess, dances with a woman at a tennis court, and bounces around on a tour bus of seniors. There is an explosion at the chess players. Psy walks towards the camera, shouting “Oppan Gangnam style”. He and some dancers perform at a horse stable. He dances as two women walk backwards. He dances at the tennis court, a carousel, and the tour bus. He shuffles into an outdoor yoga session. He dances on a boat.Read More →

So my first ever animation was just released. I am pretty jazzed because I literally opened After Effects for the first time last Monday and completed this on the Friday.  So it’s not quite pixar quality yet but by keeping it simple, I think I can tell some good stories in this medium. If you dig the video or the message, please share it around.Read More →

This design audit was for Brian Vogel of Flyte Park.  He makes and sells audio variometers for pilots.  Yeah.. I had no idea what those were either so I thought this would be a fun challenge.  I actually redesigned the site for this audit which is something I don’t usually do. Here is the original Flyte Park site.  As you can see it’s a very long page, especially for a single product. (click for larger) So let’s break it down. Logo and header At first I was confused as to what the squiggle was and though it evoked a plane spiraling down, not a good image.  ButRead More →

The Visual.ly Marketplace has launched today.  If you are looking for to get a professional infographic done, there is no better place.  I’ve hand selected designers to work with and we have a sweet project management system to back it all up.  This isn’t 99 designs and we are starting with a price point of $1,500 but you get what you pay for and we have a string of success to back it up. Here is the official video.   This video will give you a bit more about the actual process.  Please pay no attention to the epic-overload into (it didn’t make the finalRead More →

I make no secret my addiction to fiverr.  I have bought almost 200 gigs and when done right, there is no better value for the money.  When done wrong… meh,  it costs less than a beer.  The best part is that I can apply my imagination outside my skill set. Breklah! So the veep of product at Visual.ly is Adam Breckler.  I interact with him on a daily basis, but when I say his name in my head it sounds like “Breklah!” as vocal drop by some Jamaican dude.  I really could not get this out of my head and the best way to remove something fromRead More →