January 24, 2020

So, you have a bright, shiny new logo, here are some simple tips to keep it looking great.,

1. Always hold shift when scaling a jpeg or png file of your logo, so that it stays in proportion (except in photoshop that has confused the world by abandoning this rule).

2. Use...

January 2, 2019

I'm following the lead of couple of writers I admire and making two lists. One list is about what worked this year - what things I enjoyed, which things grew, things I'd want to continue. The second list is things that didn't work. It feels important to realize that so...

November 27, 2018

Once again my podcast app and instagram feed is full of giving guides. In honor of #GivingTuesday, I'd like to offer an updated Giving Guide for this holiday season. If you'd like to see last year's selections, click here.

Giving Tuesday was established in 201...

October 16, 2018

When I was nearing the end of design school and beginning the interview process, I met with lots of people. Some of them had design jobs that they were looking to fill. Others were designers or marketers I admired and wanted to interview for my own learning.

One particu...

September 24, 2018

I spent part of every week as the art teacher at my kids' elementary school last year. It stretched me in new ways and opened up teaching to younger grades.

While teaching design to college students continues to help me learn and mentor, teaching art worked on my creati...

February 27, 2018

This winter I had the privilege to work on a logo for a coffee cart that will travel to rodeos and other events in Montana. Branding work can be challenging, but working on fun subject matter really helps. Seeing a client's dream come to life makes it all worth while!


November 28, 2017

While I am enjoying the Gift Guides that many bloggers and podcasts are putting out this week, in honor of #GivingTuesday I'd like to offer a Giving Guide for this holiday season.

Giving Tuesday was established in 2012 to set aside a day that was all about celebrating t...

August 5, 2017

I was excited to work on a few items for a sweet couples' rehearsal dinner and wedding this spring. They had a North Carolina theme which made my heart skip a beat. Watercolors of this beautiful state are one of my favorite subjects. With the input of the mother of the...

May 16, 2017

I'm so excited to launch a new and improved version of mcswaindesign.com! I'm in the beginning of my tenth year in business and it really feels like a great time to refresh. Just as the walls of the house need repainting and bedding needs to be replaced, websites have...

April 26, 2017

I worked along with my class at CPCC this Spring and created a refreshed identity for my business. It is soft and hand drawn and approachable. While this feeling isn't necessarily a hallmark of my work, I hope it does describe my personality and my clients' experience...

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