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Jacci Howard Bear (Jacqueline Howard)
Works at Howard Bear Crislip F.A.R.M.
Lives in Texas
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Um... obviously the accompanying photo is a "don't do this" ... so what are you wearing?
How much weight does your personal appearance carry with employers and clients? What does 'dress for success' mean for graphic design and desktop publishing jobs? Let's find out.
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I always go to job interviews naked. It's the only way my potential employers will "see" me. Ha ha.

Ever since I read Freakonomics the idea of job interviews has intrigued me. I live in Portland, probably the only city in the multiverse where a "Creative" can go to a job interview with a face/neck tattoo and earlobe plugs and be taken seriously. And yet I still feel under dressed when I show up in a polo an khakis. If you're still saying to yourself "I express myself through what I wear," then you still have some growing up to do...
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In a discussion of portfolio contents a reader asked about using client-rejected material in their portfolio. Two things you need to decide: 1) what does your contract say and 2) is it good work.
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December was a busy month. Lots of tutorials, more than two dozen new terms. How well do you know the printing press, vector drawing, Adobe InDesign, and page layout?
For those celebrating Christmas, I hope it was a merry one. 2013 is about to come to a close and so is the month of December. While you're enjoying whatever Santa left under the tree, I hope you'll take a few minutes to look back at the busy month about to end. If anyone is counting (I was!) ...
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Worked on this for a few weeks and finally have it ready. It's my take on "Serif Typeface Classifications" (really, more interesting that it sounds, don't stop at page 1)
Contrast, serif style, and stress or axis are some of the key identifying features that help place many serif typefaces into specific categories.
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If you really want to punish yourself and not learn a whole lot than what's here, read "The Elements of Typographic Style" by Robert Bringhurst. Drive time from Oregon State University to University of Washington: roughly four hours. I think I made it through two chapters. It's a great book, but very very technical...
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Awhile back I did a series on QR codes including one on using them for personal projects (at: ). Just ran across this makeusof article with even more fun and useful ways to use them at home. I like that dog tag idea!
The plain-Jane QR code had a hi-tech beginning – Toyota used them in their manufacturing process for scanning automobile components. From there, QR codes have made the journey to even fashion ramps. That demonstrates their popularity, but not quite their usefulness. We need to give more examples. Tim gave a few when he talked about…
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Just updated my RebelMouse. It's another way to see what I'm writing and sharing.
I write about desktop publishing and graphic design, life on our farm, and squeeze in lots of reading and art in between. Powered by RebelMouse
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Catch up on everything new with today's Desktop Publishing newsletter - Handling Rejection & Purple Cows:
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Let's start the year off with a little pinkish-purple. Or, actually Radiant Orchid. Here's how to use the PANTONE Color of the Year for 2014 in your design projects:   And, in my first newsletter of the year I took a look back at 12 lessons from 2013 with suggestions on applying those topics to 2014.  Happy New Year Everyone.
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I've done several Adobe InDesign tutorials this past couple of weeks. The latest digs into Corner Effects. You can do more than just put a rounded or beveled corner on a rectangle. Get fancy with your corners.
Learn how to apply corner effects to rectangles and polygons in any version of Adobe InDesign. This tutorial focuses on the basic effects as used in CS4 but also shows how later versions of InDesign improved on the use of corner effects.
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In the "words that you might never use but are fun to know" department... The O Mo! Words of folded paper.
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Over on Facebook, VeerIdeas is running this fun little contest involving Photoshopping a bunch of "bad stock photos." ( I decided to play along and stayed up way too late one evening making this monster mash. Probably won't win any awards but it was fun to do. Here ya go: 
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diving into the next 50 since 2008
Writing under the name Jacci Howard Bear, I teach desktop publishing through my Desktop Publishing Web site. I'm also a native Texan, mother of 4, grandmother of [a number that keeps changing], designer, writer, artist, and constantly evolving individual. After decades of city life I now live on a farm and blog about life here with my daughter and son-in-law, granddaughters, and lots of animal.
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Freelance writer and graphic designer, family farm worker, artist, teacher, student
  • Howard Bear Crislip F.A.R.M.
    2012 - present
  • Desktop Publishing
    Guide/Writer, 1997 - present
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