While visiting Kent State University's fashion design museum I spotted this 1940's boy's sweater with P-38 Lightning and parachutes. — frankmcclung (@frankmcclung) March 6, 2018

TW – strong preferences

When clients express strong preferences before the creative process begins, they limit the possibilities to discover unique design solutions — frankmcclung (@frankmcclung) September 4, 2017

TW – white boards

So impressive when design firms show pics of big whiteboards with multicolored sticky notes, flow charts, and people pointing at things. — frankmcclung (@frankmcclung) September 30, 2016


It’s one of those valuable life assets you cannot buy with money, garner through talent or earn with hard work. Perspective comes with time and reflection as you consider successes, trails, mistakes, failures and circumstances.

Class & Design

Like it or not, design has class. And no, I don’t mean it’s classy as in elegant or fashionable, although design is a very trendy business world accessory. And I don’t mean design has class as in groups that share common attributes. I mean design has class as in an artificial social hierarchy — much …

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Jobs’ Talk

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. …

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The Limits of Design

I’m concerned. Has anyone else but me noticed the growing tendency in Western democratic countries around the world to censor anything that might be considered offensive to Muslims?

What a Waste?

I have been hunting for ways to nurture creativity in my children, but hadn’t really found much. Then I stumbled upon Dave Werner’s now famous portfolio.

Making Sausage

My old advertising boss used to tell our customers, “You don’t want to watch us make the sausage.” He grew up in Mississippi, and knew what went into those tasty treats you find on your breakfast plate.

With age comes ___?

Creativity. It’s so often relegated to the young. In almost every profession from music to art to design to sports to entertainment to business, our society idolizes youth as the fountain of creativity.

Everyday Creativity

When a neighbor fawns over their corner punches for a “Creative Memories” album or your buddy shows you his DIY designed restaurant menu, do you cringe? Or maybe give a silent groan? If you’re honest with yourself as a professional designer, you’ve probably experienced tremors of revulsion toward everyday displays of creativity.

Dumbed Down

Not too long ago, I went to Lowe’s to see about lumber donations for a community service project. We were trying to build a skatepark for youth in our city. I’d turned in a letter to Lowe’s and was following up as our build date is quickly approaching. I knew it was a bad sign …

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