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2023 Illustrated Year in Review

2023 Illustrated Year in Review

Another year has gone by and it was a busy one for Andrew Barton Design. I grabbed a few stats and illustrated this infographic to give you an idea of what I worked on. I was surprised to see that "print design" was the largest project category. That's a good thing...

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3D Donut Complete!

3D Donut Complete!

I created this 3D donut using Blender. Refer to my last post for more details about the process. The lighting's not perfect but it took my computer FOREVER to render out (create) each frame for this video so I'm done for now. Not including render time, this project...

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So I Make Donuts Now

So I Make Donuts Now

I'm learning a (stupid hard) computer graphics program. I’ve been working on learning a new skill. No - not frying donuts. My waistline wouldn’t abide that. Digital donuts, on the other hand, are a whole other tub of lard. And that's exactly what I've been doing using...

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Save Time with a Branded Visual Style Guide

Save Time with a Branded Visual Style Guide

Plus a free organizer on Canva to get you started I’ve always appreciated a good style guide, but not since starting a content marketing service have I appreciated how much time they can save on a day-to-day basis.  Fullsteam Content Marketing is going great, by...

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5 Branding Essentials

5 Branding Essentials

Dear biz owners, how's your brand? If there’s one thing I know about all you small business owners out there, it’s how much extra time you have on your hands. Yeah – plenty of time! Time to focus on the little things: like your one-book-per-month reading goal or bird...

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3D geographic map of Peru

3D geographic map of Peru

Variety is the spice of life and I get plenty of it in my work. This delightful map illustration had me learning new digital tools and working in a different language. Pretty cool.

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Illustrated poster gets kids excited summer camp

Illustrated poster gets kids excited summer camp

This spring, camp-bound girls received an illustrated infographic poster in the mail. The 18x24-inch poster listed 23 reasons to get excited about the good times ahead at Camp Greystone. I loved every minute of working on this project.

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I found my people… we’re geeks!

I found my people… we’re geeks!

I made a surprising yet undeniable discovery about myself last month. I’m a geek. To be more specific, I’m a board game geek – the kind of board game geek that loves to go to 3-day board game conventions to learn, discover, and play games with randos (and my...

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Reflections on a Disney Bender

Reflections on a Disney Bender

Small businesses can use storytelling in their marketing too A few weeks ago, I went to Disney World on a family vacation. Shortly after our arrival, I lost myself.  Mentally, I noticed my sense of time, place, and self melting away like a Mickey Mouse ice cream...

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Putting AI-generated artwork to the test

Putting AI-generated artwork to the test

Two real-world applications in my job In my last blog post, I took a deep dive into the future of artwork created by artificial intelligence. My emotions ran the gamut of amazement to existential panic as I pondered my future as an artist and human. While I don’t...

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“Computer! Show me a room with 1000 toilets.”

“Computer! Show me a room with 1000 toilets.”

We'll get to the toilets in a minute. First, let me tell you a story. A few weeks ago, I came to a stopping point in my work and decided to reward myself with 30 minutes of mindless entertainment. I could've watched YouTube videos, played an online game, or spent some...

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