Illustration of the designer by Marcus Tegtmeier

I’m Justin McDowell and I specialize in design & revolt.

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Picky Style: Illustration Borders

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For images like photos and illustrations that are more-or-less formatted as a box (i.e. most editorial and illustrative graphics on the web), I feel like there should be just a small bit of processing. It’s a little something to give the elements a sense of intention in the layout. I think of it like when you graduate from hanging posters on your walls to framing actual pieces of art. One of the easiest ways to create this kind of intention is with a border or drop shadow. To me, images without borders look like chaperons at a teen dance, floating in and out of the main action, but always feeling a bit out of place.

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Passing Away In Pixels

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I got suspicious when Lauren’s chat bubbles turned green. She used an iPhone, so when we kept in touch over text, it was via iMessage, which uses blue chat bubbles. When one of those bubbles turns green, that means it was sent over SMS, old school. There are a number of reasons this could happen, but seeing those green bubbles, coupled with a complete lack of response, and a noticeable absence spanning several months, I got suspicious.

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Breakin’ At The Well

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The Artesian Commons is this kind of sketchy “park” in downtown Olympia that occasionally is the host of some interesting events. In this case, there was a b-boy battle going on, so I decided to check it out.

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