Hairy Gorilla Arm - Marshall Atkinson

The Hairy Gorilla Arm Theory

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Do you have super nit-picky art customers?  You know, the ones that are never satisfied with any graphic you develop for them?  If you don’t, you are either extremely lucky or a big fat liar.  So I don’t call the readers of my blog liars,…

Finding Your Creative Voice

Think about your own creative work.  Maybe you aren’t that talented (let’s be honest here) and don’t really know what to do to be creative, but you are carving out a living as a graphic artist.  Are you constantly copying other people’s…

The One Color T-shirt: Fashion Dinosaur?

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A client’s graphic designer was in the office the other day wanting to know the latest tips and tricks for inks that they could use to present to their sales team.  My response was a good natured joke, “Hey, how about a one color black…

Decisiveness in Design – 8 Points That Will Turn You into a Creative Jedi-Master

There isn’t an easy way to calculate the thousands of designs I’ve seen produced over the years.  It is mind boggling to even think about it.  I’ve worked with some of the best and a few of the worst designers out there.  Some images…

What Apparel Decorators See When They Go to a Mall

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I’ve done it.  You’ve done it too.  You are sitting there waiting for your spouse, mind wandering and bored, when someone walks by wearing a t-shirt.  Your first thought to yourself is “Geez, who printed that?  Look how off-center…

Start 2014 Fresh – Rethink How You Design T-shirts

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Design Challenge!!  In an attempt to get your creative engine thinking in new directions this year, here is a baker’s dozen of some brief challenges to get you going.  Good luck!  (If you use any of these, I’d love to see the results. …