Martini Minute

Welcome to ’Berta’s blog! Check back frequently to read ’Berta’s entertaining and insightful musings on a variety of design-related topics. Put up your feet, loosen your tie, and enjoy a Martini Minute.


Beatrix Potter—Illustrator and Science Enthusiast

I’ve always been fascinated by science, and I’ve always considered myself an artist. But are the two mutually exclusive? I never really drew a parallel between the two disciplines until …

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Rediscovering My Inner Artist

Hey Everybody! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog. I guess you could say I’ve been on a hiatus, but I’m back—with a renewed sense of purpose. …

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Creative Block

Do you often feel creatively drained at the end of a hectic workday? I’m talking to you, fellow designers! We all know it’s difficult to balance a day job and …

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Clawed Monet

I name my cats after artists. Here’s a BOLD statement: Many artists throughout history have been cat people. Have you ever noticed that when artists portray cats in their work, it’s not …

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Graphic Artists

I recently went to go see the Keith Haring exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and was struck as soon as I entered the exhibition by how …

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Branding for Designers: ‘Berta’s Top 5 DO’s and DON’Ts

How do you brand yourself as a designer? Texas-style with a branding iron? Of course not, because that would smart! Branding your skills as a designer is about marketing yourself …

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The One Trick Pony

Just a fair warning that this blog post happens to be a little sassier than previous posts…just so you know. Okay, here we go. I have one major design-related pet …

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Vacancy: Old Motel Sign Design

I have many fond memories of driving down lonely desert highways, listening to the Doors, and seeing signs in the distance—rusted out roadside motel signs. “I MUST take a photo …

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Designosaurs

 Yeah, I’m 42. So what? That doesn’t mean I’m extinct. That doesn’t mean I’m a Designosaur. I’ve heard a lot jibber jabber lately about the aging out of designers my …

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