What’s Inspiring Me Today | Vol. 1

"Luna Harbor" - Paul Tilly

Most designers draw some inspiration from something external. For me these things are pretty cut and dry.

As an ARTIST: When I need some inspiration to paint one of my tropical works I will often visit a gallery, take a walk on the beach, or pop a little Jimmy Buffett on in the mp3 player of my choosing.

As a PHOTOGRAPHER: Well my 2 little girls usually do the trick. But seriously everything is just asking to have its picture taken isn’t it?

As a DESIGNER: It may be music (Often Switchfoot‘s frontman Jon Foreman. He does his best writing on his Solo stuff. – The 4 seasonal E.P.’s are amazing – They are so organic and thought provoking…it gets your mind in motion.) . I also will often just listen to sounds of rain or the ocean on my computer….this clears your mind, while not clouding it with words.

As a PERSON: My inspiration comes from 3 simple places. Faith in my loving Creator, The unwavering support of my Family and the loyalty of Friends.

These editions to my blog will discuss these concepts of inspiration with the goal being to maybe turn my readers on to a new artist, band, or even way of thought. Feel free to add you own ideas…

What I’m listening to today:

Lifehouse  – Smoke and Morrors – Deluxe Edition.

Jason MrazWe Sing We Dance We Steal Things.


Do something good. Give some work away.

Wikipedia describes pro bono as:

“A phrase derived from Latin meaning “for the public good”. The term is generally used to describe professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment as a public service. It is common in the legal profession and is increasingly seen in marketing, technology, and strategy consulting firms.”

Well my latest design is just that. My wife is a graduate of the University Of North Carolina at Wilmington, and My Brother In Law is a member of the Information System Association club at the university. So, I was thrilled to help these guys out.

We designers know the importance of a concrete design that will be the recognizable symbol for your company or group. Well for years to come these students will have a mark to galvanize them, and be their reference point as they become the leaders of tomorrow. These students are the future, and in a small way, I had a hand in that this week.

Sometimes as artists we can be overwhelmed by deadlines, pricelists, and creative block (see previous blog). Sometimes we lose the vision that art while our profession also has the ability to touch lives.

So today, I’m back to the deadlines, and print shop issues. I have a clients business cards that are blurry, and a big design in front of a major investor. All are nerve racking.

So thanks to the ISA, for allowing me to construct this mark for you.

…and reminding me that sometimes money can take a backseat.

New logo design, has personal value to this designer! (Updated | Sweet 16 Repost)

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Read The St Pete Times Article about this story.

Read The Gainesville Sun Article about this.


With the Mighty Gators marching to New Orleans and the Sweet 16, I thought this would be a nice time to repost this.

Original Post: As a Devout fan of my beloved Florida Gators, I was very excited to see this project roll across my desk.

Holler Apparel has hired me to design the logo for their new line of clothing. The clothing line is inspired by long time Gator legend George Edmondson Jr., known by millions of Gator fans everywhere as “Mr. Two Bits”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Two_Bits

The logo is very simple and non-distinct as it will be placed on the upper left chest similar to the Polo logo. As an artist I have to fight the urge to get overly creative. The design request was for a simple, but memorable…Very much like George himself.

This little logo might not matter to many, but millions of Gator fans anywhere, will immediately recognize his signature orange and blue tie, blue pants, yellow shirt and black and white shoes…which graced The stadium for 60 years. George retired after the 2008 Football season.

A portion of every apparel sale is proudly donated to the Mr. 2-Bits Scholarship

Non-Gators can learn more about George and his story.

It is very cool, even for the non sports fan: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20081122/NEWS/811221003

The story behind it will warm your heart. Read what the press is saying:  St. Pete Times Article here. |  Gainseville Sun Article here.

Brian and the guys at Holler U have done a great job with this. I’ll be wearing mine in The Swamp on gameday.


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Overcoming Mental Blocks To Creative Thinking.

Was having a little creative block today which sent me searching for an escape. I watched some hoops, I thought about a walk…which never happened. I stared blankly at my screen. Nothing. I even tried a random music genre, that I know little about (Piano Jazz)….Still….Nada.

So I went to my old friend Google for some answers. I found a good read on the subject.

We have all struggled with this:

Do You Recognize These 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking?
by Brian Clark
“Whether you’re trying to solve a tough problem, start a business, get attention for that business or write an interesting article, creative thinking is crucial. The process boils down to changing your perspective and seeing things differently than you currently do.

People like to call this “thinking outside of the box,” which is the wrong way to look at it. Just like Neo needed to understand that “there is no spoon” in the film The Matrix, you need to realize “there is no box” to step outside of.”

Helpful Design Articles. Week ending March 18, 2010

10 Keys to growth as a designer.


Starting a Graphic Design Business.


Front page is a preview direction of my branding.

Version 4.0 of http://www.paultilly.net will be much cleaner, and minimalistic. The entire site will take on the uncluttered look of the first page seen here: http://paultilly.net/index.html

Take a look and let me know what you think….I am looking for feedback from my designer friends as well as the non techie among you.

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