Why Cheap Design Sites Are Usually Bad News

We’ve all seen ads on social media for “$5 logos.” Fiverr and Logotournament are just two of them but they are everywhere. As designers and especially creative entrepreneurs just starting out, it can be extremely tempting to participate in these kind of gigs through companies commonly known as logo mills. As unsuspecting business owners, it can be equally tempting to get a logo, for little more than your morning joe. Seems harmless, right? You get a cheap logo, a designer gets work. What could possibly be wrong? Well, let me tell you.

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Cairn // vol. 16.: new year, new everything.

The start of the year has been a very good rocky. My passion for aviation is developing further, and I’m continuing to prepare for work in Phoenix, whenever it is that I end up down there. I admit I’ve found myself bouncing between distraction and illness. It seems this year is particularly bad for whatever it is that is making the rounds in Central Iowa. Falling more in love with aviation has introduced some new opportunities and new paths I can take in my career, and like I mentioned, it’s also been a bit distracting.

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Cairn // vol. 15: onward.

2018 was insane. It was the first year I cut a profit, I did some of my best work, traveled plenty, discovered new cities, learned some good lessons and new skills, and realized that I can do this. I also got obsessed with an airline, and checked off a bucket list item.

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A Healthy Hustle: Hard Work Without Losing Your Health

There’s a word you constantly hear in entrepreneurship circles: hustle. It carries the connotation of working 24/7, limiting your sleep and always being at work. In American culture, this is something that is held in high regard. To hustle means to forsake self-care, and marry yourself to your work. It means that work is your first priority. Personally, I’m a big fan of the hustle. I believe it’s necessary in entrepreneurship and creative work. But I don’t define it like our culture, and I don’t define it in accordance with the connotation it holds.

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Cairn // vol 14: losing my mind a little + 2018 wind down.

Okay, not really. But the last month has been insane. It’s been a whirlwind of new jobs, new projects, new goals, new clients, and dangit, I need a nap. I’ve consumed more eggnog chais than is healthy for a human being, and the morning crew at Bruegger’s doesn’t even ask me what I want anymore. I have managed to lose the cat’s collar and my key to the laundry room. It’s a wonder I haven’t set anything on fire.

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Johnny + Megan // engagement

I’m gushing like crazy right now. These two are a beautiful pair, and they were so much fun to work with. There was so much laughter and goofing around with each other. I feel like it didn’t take long for them to get into the whole “being photographed” thing. Seriously, how gorgeous are these two?

Cairn // vol. 13: new skills. new goals.

Getting back to work after a vacation sucks. Who’s with me? I took a trip to Phoenix to help clear my head after a very tumultuous two months after my dad died. At first, I didn’t think I needed it but after I about a month, I started feeling the need to get away. By the time we reached T-7 days, I was about to lose it. Getting on that plane was so freeing, and now coming back, I feel much more able to handle work and life, and everything else.

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Trip Report: Phoenix, AZ

This was an incredible trip, with the food stealing the show. I’ve found myself inspired by colors, texture (everything is stucco), local architecture, landscapes and plant life. It was also refreshing to invest in the good friendships I have here. I sense that the roots in these friendships with Christie and Josh have thickened and deepened, but then it’s not hard to get close to someone when you watch them puke their guts out on a desert shrub.

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On The Road: Phoenix, AZ (Part 2)

Ready to talk about more food? Great! Me too! Because Phoenix has fed me well! Whatever Phoenix gets wrong, it makes up for in their food. This city has kept me busy for the last 10 days, and every bit of it has been a joy. I finally found my vibe, and was wined and dined. I’m heartbroken to leave, but I know it won’t be the last time I come back.

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