What Is a Real Friend and Do They Exist Anymore?

What does the word friend mean to you? Take a few seconds and think about it. The word friend to me means someone you resonate with. You have a common interest or bond. A friend is someone you can trust and share your thoughts with, without judgement! Friends make time for each other and help each other in times of need. If you want to talk or need some advice, a friend welcomes you to call anytime -- you don't need to set up an appointment three weeks out to make the conversation happen. A … [Read more...]

Jiro Dreams of Sushi: A Journey to Perfection

People have often asked me as a designer why I tend to stress over the minute details in my work or design process. To many, it would be better to just crank out the project and get it done, without paying much attention to the seemingly unimportant details most people will never notice or see. It doesn't make sense to anyone but me, and while you may never see the flaws or imperfections, I always will. My goal has always been to strive for perfection or mastery even when reaching it will … [Read more...]

Operation Orange: Helping My Mom Fulfill a Dream

Over the past two months I've been hard at work trying to find a way to do something incredible for my mom, who has lived a life of serving and helping others even when she battled breast cancer over ten years ago. My mom never asks for anything. There is nothing material that she wants. Besides, she is always giving everything away! It's in her nature to be generous and caring towards others, even when it might affect her own finances. My Mom IS Awesome! Growing up, my mom was always helping … [Read more...]

If I Died Today, Would It Matter?

This is a heavy question that I've been asking myself the past few days. I've not fixated it for any morbid reason or because I'm fishing to see how many people would come to my funeral to see me off (for what it's worth, I'm planning one hell of a crazy celebration so get your tickets early). The reason I've had this question burning in my mind is because I want to know if my life has made a difference. My Church Planting Days You might be scratching your head on this one, but for those … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Fortune Cookie Principle

If you've been looking for an inspirational book about branding and storytelling, then The Fortune Cookie Principle by Bernadette Jiwa needs to be on your list! The Fortune Cookie Principle : The 20 Keys to a Great Brand Story and Why Your Business Needs One Building a brand that resonates with people is essential, and it's not enough just to have a great product or service, you have to have a great story! If you've ever heard of Zappos, TOMS, Virgin, charity:water, Dollar Shave Club, or … [Read more...]

StudioPress Centric Pro Theme Review

If you haven't already heard the news, StudioPress released a new Genesis child theme called Centric Pro a couple of weeks ago. I've been testing out the newer Genesis "Pro Series" child themes lately to see how they compare to the older StudioPress themes I was used to using, as well as seeing how it all compares to other WordPress themes I'm a fan of. My goal is always looking at my review process from the new user perspective. I want to work with WordPress products that are easy to use out … [Read more...]

Learning How to Design for WordPress Websites

Have you ever wanted to learn how to design a website for WordPress? Do you want to know how to start with the design concepts for client work and then take your creative idea all the way through the wireframing stage to design comps to final designs for your WordPress developer? Then read on my friends! Learning How to Design for WordPress Websites Over the past couple of years I've had numerous people ask me how I design for WordPress and what goes into the process of creating websites … [Read more...]

Strategies for Great WordPress Membership Sites

In my last article, I asked the question Are WordPress Membership Sites Dead? While I believe that the gold rush days for making lots of money by just setting up a membership site is largely over, it certainly doesn't mean that this business opportunity is dead. WordPress membership sites will continue to thrive and some content creators using this method of content delivery will do very well in terms of community involvement and profits. But in order to make a viable living, it will require … [Read more...]

Are WordPress Membership Sites Dead?

I remember my first experience with the membership model in WordPress. It was in 2008 while I was working at iThemes that I was able to meet Stu McClaren and Tracy Childers, co-founders of WishList Member, for the very first time. They were offering a WLM workshop in Las Vegas that was packed with people who had paid great money to learn about the power of WordPress membership sites. Every attendee was mesmerized by the presentation that Stu and Tracy offered, and at the end of the session when … [Read more...]

Custom Sketch: Chinese Dragon

Most of my childhood was spent drawing cartoons or sketching everything from cars to people to fantasy artwork. It was a way for me to escape the world as I knew it. There was always something magical about having a blank piece of paper and a 5 mm mechanical pencil at my disposal. I loved to draw whatever came to mind and getting wrapped up into my work of art. When I transitioned from illustration to graphic art, I didn't use my freehand drawing skills as much as I did when I was a kid, though … [Read more...]