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As I’ve mentioned throughout this site, I’m very passionate about what I do. It is a driving force in my life, and is highly fulfilling. As a result, I tend to talk about it. At length. To everyone I know. I suspect that this blog will be no exception.

Hopefully, my quirky interests and odd sense of humor won’t confuse/infuriate you. If they do, well, I won’t be offended if you decide to read the musings of someone more interesting than little ol’ me.


State of the Watson / Portfolio Updates

2.21.11, 10:36am
Freelancing, Web Design, Web Development,

Vector? Raster? Huh buh WHA?

7.23.10, 03:25pm
Technical Lessons, The Internet, Web Design,

Office Party! or I Heart West Seattle

7.7.10, 11:28am
Freelancing, Ikea, Office Issues, West Seattle,

The Longest Blog Post In Watson Design History

5.27.10, 08:56pm
Freelancing, Web Design,

It’s time for a change, y’all

3.2.10, 10:32am
Comic Nerdiness, Tech, Web Design, Webcomics,

Hourly Comic Day

2.2.10, 09:03pm
The Internet, Webcomics,

She’s ALIIIIVE!!

1.19.10, 03:53pm
Blogging/Writing, Print Design, Tech, Unreasonable Expectations, Web Design,

Zee Queen Bitch Ees Dead

11.13.09, 04:18pm
Awareness, Environment, Philosophy, The Internet,

I’m back in the saddle again

11.11.09, 11:54am
Blogging/Writing, Environment, NaBloPoMo, Seattle Weather,

Just keep swimming…

11.8.09, 11:24pm
Blogging/Writing, NaBloPoMo, Philosophy,

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State of the Watson / Portfolio Updates

2.21.11, 10:36am | Freelancing, Web Design, Web Development,

2010 was a very, very good year for Watson Design. It was such a good year, in fact, that I haven’t had time to write about it until now, February of 2011.

Last June, something changed. Maybe it was luck! Maybe it was the laptop I sacrificed on an altar of Adobe Creative Suite DVDs. I’ll probably never know for certain. All I know is business suddenly took off, and I spent the next 8 months frantically running after it. The only proof that I ever caught up to it is that I’m here, writing this post, instead of under my desk huddled over my laptop, hissing at anything that ventures too close.

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Vector? Raster? Huh buh WHA?

7.23.10, 03:25pm | Technical Lessons, The Internet, Web Design,

If you’ve ever had to deal with a professional print house or a print designer, chances are good that you’ve heard the terms “vector”, “rasterized” or “pixelated” tossed around a bit.

“The image you provided is too small, do you have it in a vector format?”
“It’s a rasterized image, so if we size it bigger, it’ll become pixelated.”
“To cut up the letters, we’ll need to rasterize them first.”

Confused? Well, I’m here to fill you in. Follow me down the magical path to Print Essentials 101.

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Office Party! or I Heart West Seattle

7.7.10, 11:28am | Freelancing, Ikea, Office Issues, West Seattle,

Last April, my husband and I played the “apartment switch!” game, and moved to a new place. We’d lived in downtown Seattle for two years, which was great for a number of reasons (close to excellent restaurants and bars, 12-minute walk to hubby’s office, easy access to busses, etc). But it had some definite disadvantages too. The rent was ridiculously expensive, the rooms were weirdly shaped and (therefore) too small, and we couldn’t really open the windows or door to the balcony.

I supposed I should clarify here. When I say we couldn’t open the windows or balcony-door, I don’t mean that they physically wouldn’t open. I mean that our apartment was literally a stone’s throw from I-5 and an freeway off-ramp.

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The Longest Blog Post In Watson Design History

5.27.10, 08:56pm | Freelancing, Web Design,

My my my, I sure have been QUIET lately. It’s been over a month since I’ve written a blog post (par for the course), and I actually took down my last post because it seemed weird and not appropriate. Or something. Don’t ask me too many questions, I’m a tiiiiired little Molly. So, to make up for it, I present: The Longest Blog Post In Watson Design Hiiiistoryyyyyy.

How have I been? I’ve been busy. Very very busy. Specifically, busy, then moving, then busy while moving, then unpacking, then dead, then frustrated, then busy again. Actual details after the jump.

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It’s time for a change, y’all

3.2.10, 10:32am | Comic Nerdiness, Tech, Web Design, Webcomics,

Yowza, has it really been a month since my last blog post? The shame… I feel it deep within my geeky bones! But, the future looks bright, for there are many geeky/nerdly/techy things I’ve been wanting to gab about.

But first! An exciting announcement (probably more so for me than for you): I’ve started working on a new site design for Watson-Design.com! Eeeee!!

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Hourly Comic Day

2.2.10, 09:03pm | The Internet, Webcomics,

Yesterday was Hourly Comics Day. I didn’t even know there WAS an Hourly Comics Day until about a month ago, when Lucy Kinsely started drawing “warm-up” hourly comics, to get ready for it. That led me to John Campbell’s daily comic called The Hourly Comic (he also draws Pictures for Sad Children). And tada! I was hooked.

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She’s ALIIIIVE!!

1.19.10, 03:53pm | Blogging/Writing, Print Design, Tech, Unreasonable Expectations, Web Design,

I feel as though I’ve emerged from some sort of productivity coma. Or maybe it was productivity hibernation! Either way, I feel as though I’ve re-entered the land of the living, blogging populace.

November and December were incredibly busy, both in my work and personal lives. It seems that I’d completely forgotten to account for major holidays in my work schedule. What had originally seemed like a leisurely development schedule for a major website project turned into a mad dash to meet my deadline. I had wildly unreasonable ideas, like “oh sure, I can fit in 5 hours of work a day when we’re in California visiting relatives we haven’t seen in two years”, and “I can definitely work 11 hours a day with no consequences”, and “implementing that payment API should only take a couple of days.” Ha! Looking back at my naive and in-denial self, I want to pat her on the head and say “sure you will, sweetie. Sure you will.”

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Zee Queen Bitch Ees Dead

11.13.09, 04:18pm | Awareness, Environment, Philosophy, The Internet,

About a month ago, I was out drinking with some old coworkers of mine (the job is old, not the coworkers). I don’t know how we got on the topic, but we were talking about “drama.” I was enlightening them to the fact that I’m actually very good at stirring up drama, and can be quite the drama queen. They didn’t believe me. “Whaaaat? That’s not possible,” they laughed. “Oh, totally,” I replied. “You should see me with my other circle of friends. I’m such a queen of social drama. Right, hon?” My husband, Trevor, jumped to my defense. “I wouldn’t call you a drama queen,” he said. “You do have a knack for stirring up… excitement, though.”

Part of the reason my work buddies were surprised by this news is that I’m not a particularly “dramatic” person IRL…

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I’m back in the saddle again

11.11.09, 11:54am | Blogging/Writing, Environment, NaBloPoMo, Seattle Weather,

It’s a beautiful Wednesday still-technically-the-morning morning. On days like this, I move to the bedroom to work, so I can use the natural light streaming in the window. And of course, the pretty sunshine doesn’t hurt my mood one little bit.

After two days of web silence, I’m climbing back in the ol’ bloggin’ saddle, so to speak.

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Just keep swimming…

11.8.09, 11:24pm | Blogging/Writing, NaBloPoMo, Philosophy,

I’m starting to realize that November was a bad month to do NaBloPoMo. I mean here it is, Sunday night at 10:47pm, and I’m hurriedly typing out so random malarkey just so I can get my post in for today. It feels a bit like college, when you’ve got a little over an hour before class starts are you’re scrambling to come up with something - anything - to write, just so you can have something to turn in at the start of class.

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