Tips for Remote Job Interviews

So, you’re looking for a job and a pandemic is happening at the same time. Searching for a job is already stressful and the added weight of a pandemic increases the emotional distress. I always say that looking for new employment is like taking on a second full-time job. As someone who has been on the job hunt since 2020 here are some tips for conducting socially distanced interviews.

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Three Alternatives to Using Google Analytics

Google is the leader of web browsing, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore other tools to use for analytics. There are a plethora of competitors for Google Analytics which lead me to look for some companies that are being brought up repeatedly. Three services that I saw mentioned consistently were Woopra, Heap, and Matomo (Formally known as Piwik).

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UX/UI, Graphic Design, and Web Design Accounts to Follow on Instagram for Inspiration in 2021

As a designer, you will have moments where you hit the wall of creative block. Just like writer’s block it can put you in a creative funk and make it harder to finish projects. A great way to find inspiration and learn new tips is by following active accounts on social media. I have gathered a list of accounts to follow for UX/UI design tutorials and inspiration, graphic & web design, and lettering and calligraphy.

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A Brief History of Copperplate Calligraphy

A sample of a copper plate engraving on page 194 of The Universal Penman, first published c. 1740–1741. An example of George Bickham's English Roundhand lettering and engraving ability.

Back in 2016, I started my journey in learning calligraphy. My starting work was difficult to read and looked like I was scratching every piece of paper. However, after buying the book “Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners” by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan I saw the beauty that is Copperplate calligraphy.

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Improve your UX testing with Adobe XD plugins

UX/UI designers are no stranger to frequently modifying and updating prototypes throughout the design process. Adobe XD is a vector-based prototyping tool used by user experience and interaction designers. Usability testing is an integral part of the design process. Recently, Adobe has released a new plugin suite to assist in the testing process.

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Meet the Designer

Jona standing outside in a green dress with white flowers wear wide brimmed glasses

Allow me to reintroduce myself. I am Jona, of ishottheserif and heyishottheserif, I am a graphic designer, calligrapher, and web designer based in North Carolina. I have created a blog to assist fellow creatives with tutorials, tips, and career advice. If you would like to network, collaborate on a project or need design services, let’s connect: heyishottheserif@gmail.com

Tutorial: RGB Text Effect in Photoshop

If you’re old enough to remember when VHS tapes were still popular, sometimes an error would occur causing a clouded glitch effect. This once annoying visual effect is now seen as aesthetically pleasing. After this simple tutorial, you will be able to create a glitched RGB text effect in Photoshop.

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Netflix and Stay Home

Social distancing helps to flatten the curve on the spread of the Coronavirus. While we all do our part, those at home are more likely to want to watch and stream content not directly related to the global pandemic. Here is a list of binge-worthy Netflix shows highlighting skills from different parts of the creative field. Continue reading Netflix and Stay Home

Reflection of the First Year

This week officially marks the end of my first year of going back to college. Back in January, I blogged about my decision to go back to college. This choice wasn’t the easiest to make. My emotions were all over the place, and I feared the unknown probability of becoming successful after starting courses.

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