I recently guest-wrote a blog post where I talked about some uses for Evernote, this web the free note-taking software that can be synced to multiple computers and mobile devices. While that post was geared towards more general use, cardiology I thought I’d list five uses for Evernote for graphic designers and illustrators to consider.

  1. Evernote as an inspiration stash. Evernote lets you store text and images which is made even easier when you use the Firefox or Safari plugin. You can grab snippets off the internet or shoot a photo with your phone and store it as you navigate the world around you. You can tag everything, bronchi so your store of inspiration can be easily sorted and searched. It will even process the images and make any text searchable!
  2. Store technical information. As I mentioned in my other post, Evernote is a great place to store information that you use often, but don’t always have at the front of your brain. Things like printer specifications, client contacts, software serial numbers or key commands in Illustrator can all be stored in an easy-to-find location.
  3. Pieces of code. This is more useful for web designers, but the idea could be applied across all disciplines. As you surf the web and come across interesting web techniques, tutorials, or pieces of code, you can toss them in your code notebook for use on future sites!
  4. Shared notebooks. If you’re doing a collaborative project, you can have shared notebook that syncs to everyone’s account so you can have drafts, writings, and other notes available to all involved.
  5. Small achievement notebook. I got this awesome idea from Heather Parlato, a great designer out of Los Angeles. She keeps a notebook that contains a list of small (and big) accomplishments she’s made each month. It provides a great way to quickly look back and assess the work you’ve done. I thought this could also be done using a digital notebook as well and so far, I really like the snapshot it gives me of my successes, no matter how small. (I do kind of miss the sound of pencil on paper, though!)

There is more information on how to use Evernote on their website and blog, but I’ve found it to be a very useful tool for keeping myself organized!

I’ll also point out that there are other applications that do somewhat similar things (though I’ve not used them) such as LittleSnapper and Simplenote which can be used with Notational Velocity.

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I took a handful of photos on a recent trip to Washington, medicine DC so I thought I’d post a few. DC is a really fascinating place and I think it would benefit anyone to go and visit at least once. The museums are really amazing (and free!) and there’s nothing quite like standing in front of the actual Declaration of Independence. It will give you chills.

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Photo from Flickr

I’m thinking about trying to expand this blog to allow me to post a bit more frequently and to include some more inspiration from around the internet as well as some more images and thoughts of my own. Most likely, heart this will mean shorter posts that are easier to digest in addition to the work that I’ve been showcasing already. We’ll give it a try and see how it goes and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments!

So, malady with that in mind, caries I’ve been looking at a lot of architecture and interior design lately. I’m sure it’s because Spring is around the corner and it makes me want to start some projects around my own home! I know very little about architecture, but here are a few things that I enjoyed looking at:

If you missed it earlier, I did a studio tour of a Studio 804 project midway through production that you might also find interesting.

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In a recent TED lecture, dosage David Griffen, the director of photography at National Geographic Magazine, talks about how photographs can help connect us to the rest of the world. Using a few examples from the magazine, he discusses how meaningful stories can be created through the use of photography. The example images he shows are simply stunning and I think he hits on some concepts that make his magazine stand out from all of the rest.

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While I’m on my Polaroid kick, check this is a fascinating article from Mental Floss about a man who took a Polaroid photo a day from March 31, 1979 until October 25, 1997.

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I ran across this video clip today and thought it was too good not to post. Ira Glass is the host of one of my all time favorite programs, what is ed This American Life. If you have never heard the show, illness go to the website now and check it out! I cannot recommend it enough.

In this short clip, I think he nails it on the head in terms of starting out a career in a creative field. I feel like I’ve been doing this for a while now and I still can relate to what he’s talking about. To a certain extent, most creative professionals run up against this their entire lives. As frustrating as it can be, I think it’s a good thing because it constantly forces you to evaluate your own performance and continue to improve. There 4 parts to this total which you can watch in the related clips at the end.

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