Detours can be useful for preparation, refining, and strengthening skills, perceptions and insights - all which increase our ability to support and stand up under the "weight" of our destinies. If we're not strong enough to carry something, we will be overwhelmed by it.

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I admit to being in the minority as a designer and illustrator when I say that I think in terms of black or…

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As I prepare to teach my next course in Design History at UCLA Extension, I gave some thought to why designers should study…

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From the Archives: Santa’s Prayer
Christmas cards by Alvalyn Lundgren featuring her illustration, Santa’s Prayer (Santa Praying.)

I painted this Santa Clause a few years ago as the cover art for a pastoral message series. The series was titled, Life-Changing…

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A bit more philosophical than my previous list, but hopefully more pithy, and not in any particular order: Do not fear the…

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The difference between a designer who draws from one who doesn't. is obvious.

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Creativity is an activity requiring both close-ordered, attentive thought and a wandering mind. It begins with a problem to solve or a…

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Here's a tutorial (in speed sketch mode) for my drawing class showing how to draw a bear from photographic reference (which is…

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Some ideas look really good in your head but when you get them down on paper and begin to develop a strategy, the flaws become apparent.

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I have always loved books. As an ardent reader, part of the experience I always enjoy is the way a book feels,…

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All too often a business or organization seeks a designer to execute an untested, unrefined idea as quickly and cheaply as possible. A business that's design-oriented will not regard design as an afterthought but as the basis for its marketing communications and brand awareness.

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If a hiring firm wants to give special consideration to candidates from a specific school, that's its right. But then it should carry on its notification processes within the sphere of that school's alumni and career counseling office

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It's said that design is in the details. Yet it's the sum total of the details that makes the design. When you're in…

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We talk about creativity and innovation in terms of thinking outside the box. Thinking outside the box still needs to remain within the…

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Empty space in a design is useful. Think of it in this way: If there was a room in your home where…

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