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Hello Design Cheer

I recently started a new inspiration blog, Hello Design Cheer.

It is an inspiration blog featuring lots of great design, fashion, decor and style. I’m taking a break from blogging here to dedicate more time to Hello Design Cheer.



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Caramel Popcorn Adventure

One of my favorite childhood memories is making carmel popcorn with my Grandma Martin and my sister. We haven’t actually made popcorn together in at least 10 years. So yesterday, I decided to embark on a journey to make that same great carmel corn from my childhood.

After 1 and 1/2 hours later, I had a batch of amazing popcorn. It’s so easy to do and I’ll be making more of this!


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 quarts popped popcorn


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
  3. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

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Coffee Kind of Afternoon

This afternoon requires coffee. I’ve been busy working on desiging an annual report and a publication for newcomers to the Lancaster area. I wish I had one of these coffee cozies for my lovely cup of coffee – my mug feels naked.

from ScissorStich on Etsy

from onaroll on Etsy

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Spring into Wellness Invitation

Here’s my latest wosiw-layoutrk for the Spring into Wellness event held on March 19.

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Graphic Designer for 2015

AIGA recently did a study with Adobe to see what skill set designers in 2015 will need to stay competitive. They are ranked in order:

1. Ability to create and develop visual response to communication problems

2. Ability to solve communication problems including identifying the problem, researching, analysis, solution generating, prototyping, user test and outcome evaluation

3. Broad understanding of issues related to the cognitive, social, cultural, technological and economic contexts for design.

4. Ability to respond to audience contexts recognizing physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.

5. Understanding of and ability to utilize tools and technology.

6. Ability to be flexible, nimble and dynamic in practice.

7. Management and communication skills necessary to function productively in large interdisciplinary teams and “flat” organizational structures.

8. Understanding of how systems behave and aspects that contribute to sustainable products, strategies and practices.

9. Ability to construct verbal arguments for solutions that address diverse users/audiences; lifespan issues; and business/organizational operations.

10. Ability to work in a global environment with understanding of cultural preservation.

11. Ability to collaborate productively in large interdisciplinary teams.

12. Understanding of ethics in practice.

13. Understanding of nested items including cause and effect; ability to develop project evaluation criteria that account for audience and context.

Any thoughts on whether or not these are attainable or if there are more skills you think will be a requirement for future designers? I wonder if designers right out of art school are being taught these disciplines or if they just come out just knowing the technical information and aren’t given the skills to think creatively and holistically.

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Hello world!

This is the start of an adventure. I’ve decided to try to launch a graphic design and communication business, Oneleven Creative. I’m hoping to share with everyone my journey toward making the world a little more creative, or at least Lancaster, PA.

It’s been my dream since I graduated from Messiah College in 2007 to do freelance design and communication. My degree is in Communications specializing in Public Relations and Advertising and I took a lot of typography and design courses. Design and communications is the perfect marriage. Not only am I able to write copy and create  concepts, but I can then translate them into a design.  

I’d appreciate any advice or stories from people who own a business or have started one from the ground up.

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