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art in our new home

When we were in Salt Spring Island, we went to the Saturday Market, and I instantly fell in love with this man's work.  Salt Spring artist Lorne Tippett uses wine-barrel stays to create a hanging frame, and carves the designs from reclaimed wood. We splurged and bought one. It's not like we're spending money on anything else this year! It's now hanging on our covered deck. We hung it where you can also see it from inside the house. I love the shape of the wooden base; it echoes t...
Tags: Travel, Art, Personal, Indigenous Peoples, Pacific, Chris, Julie, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, Lorne Tippett, Cluxewe

cpmvfsgu day 6: salt spring island (saturday)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times? Perhaps not as dramatic as all that, but yesterday was a tale of two days, for sure.We had a leisurely morning -- well, when you barely sleep, all mornings seem long -- and drove the dogs over to Salty Dog, the local daycare and boarding spot. When I made the arrangements, Jaime was the opposite of every doggie daycare place I've spoken with in any city. She was so totally laid back. Whatever day, whatever hour, just come on by. She didn't ask...
Tags: Travel, Art, California, US, Personal, Ireland, Egypt, Travels, Allan, Maude, Sophia, Jaime, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Ganges Ganges, Lorne Tippett

How to Level Up as A Designer: Interview with Jacob Cass

I had the pleasure of speaking with fellow Aussie, Frank on his G’day Design Life podcast called Two Red Chairs, on how to level up as a designer. Here is Frank’s summary of our chat: “We talk about Jacob’s origin story, having left uni to work with brands like Disney and Nintendo once landing in NYC. We also cover how he came to re-brand a tiny city you’ve probably never heard of… ummm the city of SAN FRANCISCO! ⁣ But what we dive into in the second half of the show is the long-term success h...
Tags: Google, Freelancing, Design, Interview, Disney, San Francisco, Personal, Nintendo, Graphic Design, Freelance, Frank, Jacob, Jacob Cass, Gday Design Life YouTube

The Fantastical Creatures of Guan Shan Hai

As a kid, I remember getting my hands on a copy of the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. I loved that book! My very Catholic mother would have denounced it as demonic had she discovered it (it was the 80’s, after all), but I just couldn’t get enough of that art. Over the years, I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative creatures featured in Magic: The Gathering or just random stuff on DeviantArt. Just recently I came across a book in a book store called 观山海 (Guan Shanhai), just filled ...
Tags: Art, Books, Personal, Linguistics, Shan Hai Jing, classical Chinese, Guan Shan Hai, Guan Shanhai, Liang Chao, Hunan Literature, Art Publishing House

[Podcast] Jacob Cass on Giant Thinkers discussing Design Process, Networking, Travel & Passive Income

Join Ram “The Giant Thinker” Castillo and I as we discuss design, blogging, travel and so much more. Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker, Instructor and Author of two internationally acclaimed books, How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed and How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed. Some of the topics we spoke about include: Introvert-proof ways to network How to grow and generate passive income through blogging How he fin...
Tags: Freelancing, Podcast, Design, Personal, Creativelive, Castillo, Jacob Cass, GiantThinkers Listen

3 Logos Selected for Logo Lounge Book 11

Logo Lounge is the one of the most respected and best-selling logo design book series in the world and I’m happy to share that 3 logos of mine were selected to be published in the upcoming Logo Lounge Volume 11, which is my 9th consecutive Logo Lounge book feature. The 40,000 logo submissions were juried by an international panel of design superstars and only 2000 of the world’s top logos made the cut. My 3 selected logos were designed for clients: Jazz & Juice (see my process video), Bauger Con...
Tags: Design, Awards, Personal, Logo Design, Bill Gardner, Logo Lounge, Logo Lounge Vol

Just Creative’s 2018 Year in Review

Hey guys, here’a a quick review of 2018, with an inside look at Just Creative and my personal life, showing stats, revenue and other interesting tid-bits. Did I mention we had a baby? Just Creative Site Stats Over the year, Just Creative received close to 2.5 million page views which is quite staggering, but it is still a fraction of what it used to be back in the blogging hay-days of 2012. It’s getting quite difficult to out rank the big publishers nowadays. 50k unique users a week 85% of t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Usa, Design, Instagram, Australia, Safari, Personal, Italy, Sydney, New Zealand, Melbourne, Tasmania, Drake, Skype

Creative Chats with Jacob Cass

I recently had a “Creative Chat” with HUNTERHunter, an online publication that keeps people in Newcastle, Australia up-to-date with the latest news & things to do in the area. As I studied at Newcastle University, traveled extensively and won the University’s ‘Young Alumni Award‘, they wanted to provide further insight & inspiration for others wanting to get the most out of their career. Enjoy the transcript of our in-person conversation. — Creative Chats with Jacob Cass Jacob Cass has pretty ...
Tags: New York, Design, London, Interview, Australia, Berlin, Africa, Disney, US, Social Media, Nike, Barcelona, Personal, University, Newcastle, Sydney

GameLoop & GCX

Today was an enjoyable day, taking in Montreal’s annual GameLoop “unconference” — “unconference” in the sense that as a group we crowdsource the sessions for the day, with each session then acting as a salon-type discussion. After leaving Japan and moving to Montreal, it’s taken a while for me to decide to start attending this sort of event again. It was a big part of my life in Tokyo — from running the PechaKucha Night series there, my PauseTalk series, and then other types of talk events and ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Games, Japan, Events, Personal, Tokyo, Montreal, Unconference, PauseTalk, PechaKucha Night, Art-up, Canadian Gaming Expo, Gameloop, Mount Royal Gaming Society, Nicolas Marier

our papyrus painting is finally on the wall

You can read the story of how we got these: here. This, below, is the smaller painting that the salesman added to the pot after the price would budge no further. It is possibly painted on banana leaf, a cheaper and less durable papyrus substitute. There is also a third, yet smaller painting, also "thrown in," but not display quality or worth framing. The celery-looking stuff is fresh papyrus.We watched Papyrus Guy make a small sheet. That's our painting behi...
Tags: Travel, Art, Personal, Travels, Laura K, Egypt Trip

Game of Thrones Characters as Chinese Street Vendors

Saw this Game of Thrones / Chinese culture mash-up gem last night on a Chinese friend’s WeChat “Moments” stream. Too good not to share! Apparently a Chinese Photoshop artist created these, and I’d like credit this person, but I’m still trying to figure out who it is! Enjoy… Too bad they’re not high-quality images… it seems they were intended for a smallish smartphone screen. P.S. If anyone knows the original artist, please let me know, and I’ll credit his/her ASAP!
Tags: Art, TV, Funny, Personal, Culture, Linguistics

Why is so much of design school a waste of time?

To the student who asked, former AIGA NY President Juliette Cezzar said: “Sure, you can leave, but you’re going to take your inability to use criticism with you.” That’s the crux. I was a bad designer when I finished my formal education about 15 years ago. The difference in quality between my work and what many of today’s graduates are producing? Huge. But my school years did teach me the importance of critique when it comes to learning, and for some time after I graduated I kept posting my wor...
Tags: Design, Personal, Critique, Juliette, AIGA NY, Juliette Cezzar

8 Logos Selected for Logo Lounge Book 10

Logo Lounge is the one of the most respected and best-selling logo design book series in the world and I’m happy to share that 8 logos of mine were selected to be published in the upcoming Logo Lounge Volume 10. The 40,000 submissions were juried by an international panel of design superstars and only 2000 of the world’s top logos made the cut. The 8 selected logos include work done for clients: Vesch Fragrance, American Real Estate, Koshari Egyptian Food, Sky Danley Productions, MyVoice, Vascul...
Tags: Design, Personal, Logo Design, Bill Gardner, LogoLounge, Logo Lounge Vol, LogoLounge Vol

“How do you storyboard a smile?”

If you’ve been reading my comment threads over the years you’ll likely be familiar with Lee Newham of London-based Designed By Good People. Lee’s been kindly sharing his experience for as long as I can remember, so I thought it’d be interesting to get more of an insight into what makes the man tick. I asked him one question: What influences you? His reply was a nostalgic look at his path to design. — Photo via We’re influenced by everything around us. I grew up in Not...
Tags: Design, London, Russia, Personal, Avis, Nottingham, Mcdonalds, Influence, Somerset, Lee, Oscar Niemeyer, Peter Saville, Le Corbusier, Mobil, North Devon, Rovers

It’s okay to change your mind

“The way I express my thoughts the first time round is almost never the accurate reflection of what I believe. “In journalism, though, if you say something the first time round and then you call [the journalist] the next day and say, ‘Actually I thought about it and what I really mean is this,’ the journalist will say, ‘Sorry, I got you.’ “What game are we playing? There’s a code of conduct among journalists which is completely out of step with what we know about human nature.” — Malcolm Gladwe...
Tags: Design, Personal, Malcolm Gladwell


“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Tags: Photography, Design, Personal

Interview with Jacob Cass of Just Creative

I was recently interviewed on GT3Themes discussing my progression of becoming a designer, challenges I’ve faced, my inspiration, among other things like travel, time management, achievements, my wedding website, famous designers, advice and my future plans. Read on below. 1. Would you please say a couple of words about yourself and your field of expertise? My name is Jacob Cass (shock!) and I’m Australian born graphic designer who specializes in brand identity and UX/UI design. I run my design...
Tags: New York, Design, Interview, Australia, Personal, Jerry Seinfeld, Just Creative, Dylan, Emily, Glaser, Jacob Cass, Milton Glaser

My Advice on Failure, Social Media & Marketing

Having a strong online presence means I often get asked for advice. Mostly just from individuals via email but also for online publications. Here are a few pieces of advice I’ve left online recently. Overcoming Failure I was included in this round-up of thought leaders sharing their . “To overcome ‘failure’ you need to look at it from a different perspective. Look at your failed endeavors as lessons learned and use what you’ve learned to improve next time. Look at what you did well, and w...
Tags: Facebook, Design, Advice, Google Analytics, Personal, Creative Industries, Buffer, Just Creative, Facebook Follow, Jacob Cass, Aweber

World Art Dubai 2016

Did you know the art event last week at the Dubai World Trade Center? Were you there? World Art Dubai brought together global and regional accessible artists and galleries, and introduced them to the international community here in Dubai. The massive exhibition hall at the World Trade Center temporarily housed a collection of several hundred modern, contemporary and fine artworks comprising paintings and prints, photography, sculpture, installations, performances, mixed media, new media and mo...
Tags: Art, Japan, Personal, Dubai, World Trade Center, Grace, Grateful, Dubai World Trade Center, Bodhidharma, Zen Buddhism These

vancouver, day four

Our last day in Vancouver was a full one. It included a library, great art, a meet-up with an activist-friend... and noodles!I didn't want another breakfast at the hotel, so we poked around a bit online and found something nearby. This place didn't open til 10:00 (I guess hipsters don't wake up early) but we noticed the Acme Cafe next door. It looks like a diner - an authentic diner, not a fake retro ironic diner - but with a contemporary menu. The food was very good - I had a truly excellent fr...
Tags: Art, Personal, Washington Dc, Vancouver, Harper, Travels, Allan, Diego, Reid, Mississauga, Canadian Embassy, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Tala, Gastown, Vancouver Public Library the Central

I was in the paper...

...and I didn't even know it.Two weeks ago the Langley Advance ran an article about You Still Can't at Pacific Theatre, talking about the connection between it and Trinity Western University. From the article:A Langley contingent is collaborating to bring a wickedly hilarious comedy to the stage in Vancouver this month. Many theatre lovers will be thrilled to hear the Vanderhofs are back; they're an eccentric family first brought to life in the comic classic You Can't Take It With You. Well, pla...
Tags: Theatre, Personal, Vancouver, Langley, TWU, Langley Advance, SMLois, You Still Can't, Trinity Western University From, Ron Reed, Pacific Theatre Reed, Trinity Western University TWU, Langley Reed, Lois Dawson

2015: The year in words

Last year was long, unsettling and transitional. I have always welcomed change but being unsure about one’s future path is not too exciting.Have been a nomad for the past eighteen months. But I don’t want to start 2016 with complaints or regrets. During 2015, I finished two fellowships in Washington D.C. and then moved to Ithaca College […]
Tags: Art, Books, Politics, Writing, Washington, Personal, Culture, 2015, Ithaca College, Raza Rumi, Oped

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