How To Be A Good Design Client

A cou­ple of weeks ago I wrote a post about How To Be A Good Designer. Not only was it full of good reminder for myself, but I got a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from fel­low design­ers who were tak­ing the advice to heart and from clients who liked learn­ing more about how I (The Visual Repub­lic) operates.   Today I’m back with more advice…this time for the client. I have many clients who are design­ers them­selves. They know what is hap­pen­ing behind the scenes and how a designer does what... Read The Rest →

New Design Spotlight: Illustrated Tote Bags

I was thrilled when Reach Nashville approached me this sum­mer look­ing for some help with an illus­tra­tion project. They were teamed up with Toy­ota and Saatchi and Saatchi to cre­ate a tran­quil Moroccan-themed lounge at the Wan­der­lust con­fer­ences, a series of yoga and music-centered events around the coun­try. Reach Nashville asked me to illus­trate a series of play­ful designs that would be printed on can­vas tote bags to be given out at each event. The project had a few chal­lenges. Along with all of the illus­tra­tions need­ing to have a bit... Read The Rest →

How To Be A Good Designer

Have you been a designer for a while? Then you know the drill. You take on a new project, dive in, turn in a few comps and then every­thing starts to go down­hill. You want to blame the client for being dif­fi­cult, for hav­ing bad taste. You blame the project for being restric­tive, or maybe the audi­ence for being too young/old/smart/dumb. The list could go on. So is it the project or is it you? After 12 years of design, I’ve learned a cou­ple of things along the way (often... Read The Rest →

Your Summer Desktop

Some­times it’s time to just switch things up and give it a fresh new look, whether it be your hair­style or your work­space. I’m cur­rently sport­ing new looks for both. Tomor­row is the first offi­cial day of sum­mer, my favorite sea­son of the year. The sun is out and the water is warm­ing up. To cel­e­brate, I’m offer­ing these free beachy desk­top wall­pa­pers in a few stan­dard screen sizes. Just my way to say thank you for stop­ping by. I’m hop­ing to have free print­a­bles and wall­pa­pers more often, so keep... Read The Rest →

Wanderlust in Patagonia

I’ll have a update on some excit­ing design and illus­tra­tion projects soon, I promise! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been work­ing on. Until then, a glimpse at a recent trip we took. It’s no secret that I love to travel. I lived over­seas as a kid, a priv­i­lege which shaped who I am and instilled a love for dif­fer­ent lands and cul­tures. This past March my hus­band, pho­tog­ra­pher extra­or­di­naire Jason Ward, headed out on yet another adven­ture. This time we headed south… way south to Patag­o­nia, a beau­ti­ful... Read The Rest →

Brand Spankin’ New!

We’re not the new kid on the block, we’re just the kid with a funky new hair­cut that you might not rec­og­nize. Wel­come to the new home of The Visual Repub­lic, the cre­ative stu­dio started by yours truly, Alexis Ward. It’s been 2 years since the last web­site design so it seemed like time to spruce things up and give this site a whole new look. I am really excited to start 2012 with a new look for The Visual Repub­lic, and really proud of the work I can show­case... Read The Rest →

New Design Spotlight: Moriah Peters

  I love work­ing on a good pop record. It’s always a ton of col­ors and pat­terns which, for me, equals a ton of fun. So I was uber excited to get the call from Sony/Provident to work on the album art for their newest artist, Moriah Peters. Moriah Peters’ new record was no excep­tion to the pop design stan­dard, as you can see here. Of course, it always helps when there is amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and a bril­liant art direc­tor head­ing the project off. I was told to keep it... Read The Rest →

New Design Spotlight: October Baby

It was SUCH an honor to design my very first movie poster for Octo­ber Baby, a heart-stirring movie about a girl who learns that she was not only adopted but was a failed abor­tion attempt as well. After a cou­ple of frus­trat­ing attempts to get the movie poster designed like they were envi­sion­ing, the direc­tors turned to The Visual Repub­lic for design help. I was more than happy to give it a go. They overnighted the movie and after watch­ing it, I knew what to do. Warm. Invit­ing. A lit­tle rough... Read The Rest →

Bike Prints on Etsy

For YEARS I have wanted to take a stab at screen print­ing but I never had the space to do it. This fall I decided it was time to take the plunge and get started. I bought all the equip­ment I needed to get started for up to 3-color design, I have a garage to work out of and so many ideas of things I want to print. My first print­ing attempt is a 3 color screen print of 2 girls rid­ing a tan­dem bike. You might rec­og­nize it from... Read The Rest →

San Diego Magazine

 I was so hon­ored to be asked by San Diego Mag­a­zine to be one of 6 local artists and design­ers cho­sen to cre­ate a cover option for their “Best of San Diego” mag­a­zine cover. I still con­sider myself new to the area after a lit­tle over a year here and some­what unknown to the San Diego cre­ative com­mu­nity, so I was so excited to be cho­sen to participate. With only about a week to come up with designs in the midst of an already crazy busy work sea­son, I end... Read The Rest →

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