Emily Potts

Emily Potts is the senior acquisitions editor at Rockport Publishers. She works from her home office in Peoria, Illinois. Not only does she try to keep pace in the design world, but one of her passions is running and always trying to get ahead. Her snarky attitude was honed and developed while working as a truckstop waitress as a teenager in Richfield, Wis.


Editor on the Run: The Evolution of User Interface

I talked with Raj Lal, author of Digital Design Essentials: 100 Ways to Better Desktop, Web, and Mobile Interfaces, on how User Interface has evolved over time.

Topics: Design Reference, Interactive Design, Profiles

Gig Posters on Tour: The National Poster Retrospecticus

A massive collection of hand-printed gig posters is soon to hit the road for a traveling exhibition.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Professional Development, Random, Self-Promotion

Editor on the Run: Writing & Research for Graphic Designers

"Designers are routinely call upon to write about the images and designs they create.

Topics: Managing Design, Professional Development, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Friday Feast: The Timeless Aesthetic of Rosie Gainsborough

Rosie Gainsborough is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in London.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Self-Promotion, Studio Secrets

Friday Feast: Fatima and Estefania Pantoja: Sisters with similar vision and endless talent

Estefania and Fatima Pantoja are both working artists—Estefania in Eastbourne, East Sussex, and Fatima in Chichester, West Sussex, in the UK.

Topics: Color, Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles, Studio Secrets

Friday Feast: Sagar Fornies

Sagar Fornies is an artist and painter living in Barcelona, Spain.


Friday Feast: Lisbeth Svarling

Lisbeth Svärling is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, living in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Professional Development, Profiles

Friday Feast: Alice Pattullo

Alice Pattullo is an illustrator and printmaker based in East London.

Topics: Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Professional Development, Profiles

Don't Squat With Yer Spurs On: (and other Texas-isms from a week in the life of Jason Brantly)

Photography by Michael Spain-Smith | Words by Glenn Eddie Gill On any given day, most of Philadelphia is rightfully covering their heads.

Topics: Branding Identity, Professional Development, Profiles, Studio Secrets

Friday Feast: Willoughby's Right at Home in KC

Ann Willoughby of Willoughby Design in Kansas City, is not only a respected fixture in the national design scene, but she is also very much a hometown gal.


Friday Feast: The View from the 19th Floor

Nathan Landau talks to Jamie Chabot, Creative Director at Portland-based marketing agency Cappelli Miles, about his inspirational view from his office window.


Friday Feast: Wood, Rhinestones, Beer & Paint

These are a few of Jami Anderson's favorite things in her hometown.

Topics: Design Reference, Fashion, Professional Development, Random

Friday Feast: Serving up Southern Hospitality, Louisiana style

Cathi Pavy, of BBR Creative in Lafayette, Louisiana, gives RPI a tour of her charming hometown.

Topics: Design Reference, Profiles, Random

Design Family Reunion: A Family Tree With Many Nuts: 60 Designers, Artists, and Writers Crash Pacific Grove, CA

Last week, approximately 60 designers, artists, and writers (myself included), had the distinct privilege to attend the first Design Family Reunion, "an informal gathering of friends whom we have come to know through years of professional practice and travel.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Interactive Design, Professional Development, Random

Editor on the Run: Branding is NOT about Branding!

Now that Brand Bible is out in the world, I wanted to go back to author/editor Debbie Millman and ask her about the process and what branding means to her.

Topics: Branding Identity, Design Reference, Professional Development, Profiles

Editor on the Run: Bart Crosby & Dana Arnett on Robert Vogele

I recently had the opportunity to write an essay on design legend Robert Vogele, who is being honored as a 2011 AIGA Medalist.

Topics: Design Reference, Professional Development, Profiles

Editor on the Run: Felix Sockwell has good karma

Felix Sockwell is a designer and illustrator living in Maplewood, NJ.

Topics: Branding Identity, Professional Development, Profiles, Self-Promotion

Editor on the Run: Rock Paper Suess: A Celebration of Whos

This is a shout-out to my friends at this site They're inspiring, informative, fun, and forthright.

Topic: Random

Editor on the Run: Method is much more than soap

I attended the RGD Design Thinkers Conference in Toronto, Ontario last week.

Topics: Branding Identity, Packaging, Product Design, Professional Development, Studio Secrets

Editor on the Run: Generic or Brand Name: Can you tell the difference?

Disclaimer: I am not a designer, nor have I ever acted as one on TV.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Packaging, Product Design

Editor on the Run: Grave Designs: What would your headstone say about you?

I just completed my second annual half–marathon relay on Sunday.

Topics: Branding Identity, Environmental Design

Editor on the Run: You Are Where You Work

You can find out a lot about a person by looking at their desk.

Topics: Random, Studio Secrets

Editor on the Run: A Divine Message Gets a Design Intervention

A couple of months ago I was driving through the south side of Peoria.

Topics: Environmental Design, Random, Type

Editor on the Run: My Visual Journal

I've lived in Peoria, IL, for nearly 19 years, and I rarely take the time to notice my surroundings.

Topics: Branding Identity, Random

Editor on the Run: Greetings from Chicago

I'm in a post HOW conference funk … I'm back at my lonely home office after a great weekend of catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Topic: Random