Three Simple Steps to Turn Your Small Business Blog From Blah to Awesome

We have a pretty good thing going on with our blog. We’ve been inspired by lots of people who are doing it the right way. My personal favourite right now is the Groove team who has one of the most fascinating blogs on growing a small business.


Designing Fun

Waaay back in May, my team and I designed a new T-Shirt for our most recent Info-Tech co-op class. I usually help brainstorm these, but this time I had a solid concept in my head that I really wanted to do myself – and how often do I get to use my super-power as part of my job?

It took a good solid 8 hours to come up with this, composite it, and put it all together, but in the end I’m really happy with the outcome.  I had some great assists from my team too, with help from Randall, Sean and Aaron with little finishing touches.

Here’s the process.

We started out with a brainstorming session, my kids are pretty obsessed with Adventure Time right now, and I thought that an Adventure Time inspired T-Shirt would be fun, and relatively easy to pull off.

Adventure Time - The Comic

Up next was to figure out a good composition, I threw together a few thumbnails and settled on one I liked.

Adventure Tee Rough

Since I wanted everyone to have decent likenesses, I created a little composite with the actual faces of the people I’d be “Adventuring”.

Info-Tech Time Rough (with photos)


Since I knew I was going to assemble it all in Photoshop, and I wanted to work fairly quickly, I did all of the drawing with pen and ink, scanned the composites in, and composed them into one image.

Up first, the composites.

Composite Images


While I was working on this, Sean put together an awesome Adventure Time inspired logo.


After that, I put everything together, and I ended up moving people around, added an Ice King for some tension, and gave it more of a comic book cover feel.  When all that was done I passed it over to Randall, who refined it more, and sent it off to Aaron to get it to the printer.

Info-Tech Time Final


A pretty fun little project, and an awesome T-Shirt.




Why you shouldn’t mess with people who have Photoshop SuperPowers

UPDATE – July 5th.  Disclaimer added to top of post.  Two new images added to the bottom of the post.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post features incidents that are based on real events.  All characters appearing in this work are ficticious, and emails have been edited for humour and grammar.  Any resemblence between the incidences and persons in this blog post, real or inferred, are purely coincidental.

We just relaunched our site at work.  The new site is awesome, and has a very cool info-graphic style front page.

So far the response has been great, sales people love it, our internal users love it, and our customers love it.

Of course, someone’s always gotta find something to complain about.  It tends to be the same core group of people who like to see things done differently.

So this time, I decided to play with them.  I know they’re not intentionally being jerks, it’s just their way.  What they fail to realize is my design team and I are ALL equipped with Photoshop.

From: A Sales Person:

Hi Brian,

Just a quick follow up-I liked the new web site very much. I think it has a lot of new and useful features.

On the other hand, I was wondering if there is a way to “Photoshop” the picture for the guy below? If you pay attention to his pants, you will notice they are extremely wrinkled, and since this picture is on the very 1st page of our web site, I think it should look a little better.

Is this possible please? Thanks for your help

Ole Wrinkly Pants

After some Photoshop Magic courtesy of Randall, I emailed the original requester back:

From Brian:
Problem solved! Thanks for the suggestion!

No Pants!
This apparently wasn’t quite what he was looking for.  Luckily he provided some helpful guidance!


Are his legs going to be put back in with no wrinkles ? It looks funny now , unless you remove the legs of the girl too?

Two floating torsos didn’t seem quite what we were looking for, so I suggested that maybe we should add some legs to the body.

Here’s how Randall won at Photoshop.  (Apologies to Mike B).

New Pants



Randall then proceeded after I posted this to continue winning at Photoshop, in two more images.Spongebob Battista Pants


Hammer Time