Saturday, July 29, 2006

Jeff Andrews Design joins designerID

Jeff Andrews Design has joined designerID. (

designerID was developed by Brian Hock, a 15-year design veteran and graduate of Bowling Green State University. Hock refined the business strategy and concept at the AIGA-sponsored “Business Perspectives for Design Leaders” program held at Harvard Business School during the summer of 2005. Hock was one of 40 design professionals selected to participate in the program, which included a diverse group of design leaders from a wide range of companies including Cisco Systems, Target, Yahoo, IBM, Razorfish, and many mid-size to smaller firms.

Launched February 2006, is a web-based, virtual design community serving designers, design students and schools, organizations and suppliers. It provides members with an easy-to-use way to stay in touch with fellow designers and an easy-to-search design library.

The site was originally developed in response to design schools' inability to stay in contact with past graduates. While the site has expanded to offer a range of services to the design community, it supports the educational community by serving as a conduit between design schools and alumni and by enabling design students to have their work critiqued by design professionals.

Member designers can use the website to post their profile and examples of their work; research the type of work being produced locally, nationally and internationally; send and receive emails; and receive up-to-date news on competitions, conferences, and new products.

Design schools can create their own school page; be featured in the site's school directory; send targeted messages directly to member alumni; share unlimited examples of student work or let member alumni populate the school's page; and send messages directly to all designer members about special school programs, seminars, or events.

Design firms can use the site to research work, create a company page, share unlimited examples of the types of work they do, send targeted messages about the company directly to members, and be listed in the site's company directory.

Supplier members can create a company page, send targeted messages about products or services directly to members, and be listed in the site's directory.

View the Jeff Andrews Design profile.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Design Inspiration Summer Series

Keep a close eye on Design Inspiration, my blog site where I interview well established and up and coming designers and illustrators from around the world, and see what makes them tick.

This Summer, Design Inspiration is going to kick it into high gear with a serious glut of entertainment. We're coming up on the sites one year anniversary, (August 16th) and to celebrate we plan to post a literal deluge of awe inspiring interviews.

Every interview will be jam packed with valuable insight into the minds of the industries best, plus full color examples of some of their remarkable work. Be sure to check the archives also for the great interviews we've done over the past year.

You will not want to miss this! Bookmark the site and check back everyday!!!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Jeff Andrews Design Launches New Website

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Roseburg, Oregon graphic design studio Jeff Andrews Design launches it's newly revamped and retooled website today. The site boasts an updated portfolio, an extensive links section, and a downloads page where you can help yourself to a new desktop background.

Jeff Andrews Design is a full service graphic design studio specializing in logo and brand identity, print collateral, illustration, website design and marketing.

Visit Jeff Andrews Design at

Or click on the image below to be routed to the website.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Launch This!

In anticipation of my own site's relaunch, coming very soon, I've seen three of my fellow designers and friends launch three very unique and inspiring websites of their own. Websites that I thought deserved to be shared with the world at large.

The first to debut, was This site was developed by uber-talented designer and illustrator Von Glitschka. Von is a friend who happens to teach at a college up in Salem Oregon. In an attempt to give his students the best possible bang for their buck, he began making his class assignments and resources available online. He also shared the assignments and work with the lucky denizens of the HOW forum of which I frequent.

In his own words:

"Last summer I was asked to teach a digital illustration class at the local college visual arts program once a week here in Salem, Oregon. I had never taught before so this was a whole new experience for me. I quickly realized the way my students learned best was when I demonstrated a process. I literally showed them how to go about doing a creative task and commented on it. This led me into developing numerous step by steps I could show them each week.

Over the course of last year I built up a nice little archive of teaching resources. I also posted them on this forum to let other creatives benefit from them and due to that being received so well I decided to give them a proper home here at their own site."

This site will serve as a HUGE resource for illustration students and anyone else really who is looking to brush up their illustration skills. It's GREAT!

The second site comes to us from Philadelphia designer, Melissa. Melissa is an in-house designer who's frustration with the sea of non-designers she works with prompted her to create this site which should serve as a fun, educational resource tool.

Melissa said:

"The general public doesn’t understand us or our profession. At least half of the things that we, as designers, bitch about have to do with the fact that people don’t know the slightest bit about design. How many times have you had to explain the importance of white space to a client/coworker who didn’t want to waste precious advertising space? How often do you plead, “The logo is already big enough!”

After a rather tumultuous week at work, I decided that my arguments were futile, or at least inadequate. I needed to full-on “edumacate” these people! "

The Non-Designer

"Hopefully it will turn into a knowledge base of what every non-designer should know about design. Now, when someone comes to me and says, “Hey, can you redesign the company website for me by noon tomorrow?” I can point them to an article written by a talented designer regarding appropriate deadline expectations."

The third and final site destined for greatness that debuted this week is one called The Yale Park Collective. This site is the brainchild of Nebraska designer Steve Gordon. Steve's vision for the site is to offer up witty, provocative, intelligent dialogue regarding all things creative. Design, fashion and life in general.

Steve explains:

"I have started a creative consortium that I have named Yale Park. It is a grouping of like-minded Creatives with similar attitudes but completely varying styles and approaches to Life in general. Right now the think-tank collective is comprised of myself, Eric Hines and Travis Bellinghausen. The crew will grow as a grassroots "street team" and interested readers, but we will add to the pantheon from time to time. Jeff Fisher featured the new logo on his Creative Latitude column 'Logo Notions'. "

"Mainly aimed at being a personal commentary on all things Creative from our own personal perspectives, I hope to grow this creative outfit to proportions unknown. I have no idea what direction this will take but I am liking that because I want it to be biomorphic in growth allowing me and others to comment on all things of Creative interest, not just graphic design."

Friday, July 07, 2006

A departure....

Ran across this photograph a few days ago. It sure takes me back.

This is a photograph of Andrews men. My grandfather and two of his four sons. My father in the middle and my uncle Bill to his left. From left to right in front you see my cousin Page, my brother Rhett and then myself holding my baby cousin Shad. This photo would have to be from the early 80's. It brings out alot of emotion in me as my grandfather and uncle are no longer with us. My cousin Page wrote off the family and doesn't keep in touch with anyone anymore and that baby is now a senior in college.

Where did the time go? We used to have a great time visiting my uncle's house up there in Pendleton...riding motorcycles and spending alot of time in the great game room he had in the house. Pool table, pinball machine, soda on tap at the bar was so different then life at home for my brother and I. Needless to say, we LOVED it!

Good times! What I'd give for a time machine some days.