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My Year in Review: 2013

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I'll be the first to admit I've neglected my blog since going freelance earlier this year.

To be fair to myself, though, I like to blame the scarce updates on my commitment to the Pastry Box Project, which had me contributing monthly posts for 2013. If you count my book, too, I've actually done more writing this year than any other! Here's a look back on other personal highlights of 2013. I hope to make this a yearly tradition — a good way to reflect and set goals for the future!

Say Hello to the New Hellogeri.com!

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I know, I know — I'm long overdue for a blog post. Outside of the monthly contributions I've been making over at The Pastry Box Project, I've been holding off on updating my personal blog.

As many of you know, I left my agency job and became a full-time freelancer back in March. Since then, I've been working on a few exciting projects, one of which being this new (and improved!) website which I'm finally able to show you…

Why I Don’t Have An iPhone

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Yes, I'm a designer. Yes, I'm an Apple fan. No, I don't have an iPhone. In fact, I don't have a smartphone at all. The usual reaction from people when I tell them this is one of shock and disbelief. Well, let me explain.

What I do have is an iPad with 3G, and it's everything that I need. Here in Canada, iPhone plans cost roughly $60 per month on a three-year contract (and I hate contracts). I rarely call anyone — when I do, it's over Skype, or I'll just use the phone on my desk at the office. I'd wager that 90% of my correspondence is done through…

Beyond Tellerrand 2012

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I'm absolutely thrilled to say that I'll be speaking at the second edition of beyond tellerrand, a three-day event for web enthusiasts, next month in Düsseldorf, Germany.

I'm honoured to be speaking alongside some amazing folks like Mark Boulton, Cameron Moll, Andy Baio, Remy Sharp, and Mat Marquis, and I'm especially looking forward to the latest addition to the speaker list — Nadine Chahine. She's a type designer who works with Linotype and Monotype Imaging as…

How I Prepared For My First Talk

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The thought of speaking in front of 200 designers and developers was scary, and let's face it, I never dreamed in a million years that I'd be doing my first talk in front of Jeffrey Zeldman. But, I said yes anyway.

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love web conferences. Over the past couple of years, I've been fortunate enough to attend many of them across the US and UK to learn new skills, find inspiration, and make friends with like-minded, passionate people. Naturally, I was thrilled when Go Beyond Pixels, a conference for designers and developers, was announced by local designer.

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