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HBO Transforms New York City into Westeros for Game of Thrones Premiere

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HBO Transforms New York City into Westeros for Game of Thrones Premiere

HBO hosted the premiere for Game of Thrones Season 4 last night in New York City, the perfect location for this particular event. In the spirit of the show, winter is not only coming in this city - winter is never leaving.

The night opened with the premiere of the first episode of season 4 at a screening at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The entire cast and crew walked the red carpet and narrowly escaped the gigantic dragon that had taken over the plaza. Once inside, the New York Philharmonic took the stage to perform the show's title theme as well as the score from last year's gruesome "Red Wedding" episode.

After the screening, guests were bussed over to the Museum of Natural History which had been transformed into Westeros. The iconic giant whale was on fire. Couches were decked with faux furs. The bar in the center of the hall featured hundreds of candles and each of the houses' flags, and was draped in chainmail. White stag antlers formed centerpiece candelabras. They served dragons' blood snow cones and Ommegang red and white Game of Thrones ale.

I took some blurry pictures.

I lorded over the kingdom.

But the biggest takeaway was the show itself. If the first episode is any indication, Season 4 is going to be good. Really good. 

Here's the final trailer for the new season, released just following the premiere:

Huge thanks go out to Carol Bell of Brandlink Communications for the invite, to the cast and crew for inviting us to join them, and to HBO for throwing a killer event.

April 6th can't come soon enough.

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How to Design a Killer Invoice that Reflects Your Style

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How to Design a Killer Invoice that Reflects Your Style

There's nothing more exciting than spending a Sunday night sending out invoices. Ok, I can think of at least 50 things that are more exciting, but as any freelancer knows, it's a boring-but-necessary part of life.

My invoices are perfectly adequate. They're clean and easy-to-read, created from a Google Docs template. I changed the information, the color palette, dropped in my logo and voilà - a branded invoice that's easy to use and, more importantly, gets me paid.

After sending an invoice or two tonight, I started to wonder what other designers put forth with their invoices. I quickly learned that I'm due for a refresh.

It's easily overlooked, but an invoice can be an easy-to-use tool without losing your personality and brand. It's the last thing your client sees after the end of your project, and may be the very thing that gets you hired again.

Want to create your own custom invoice? Here's how to get started. Read more>

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Hilarious Animation on American Football by Non-American Perfect Way to Kick Off Super Bowl

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Hilarious Animation on American Football by Non-American Perfect Way to Kick Off Super Bowl

British animator and fellow ginger person Fraser Davidson is back at it again with his hilarious animated short, A Guide to American Football. In it, he explains to "liberals, ladies and lymeys" the ridiculous rules, terrible traditions and silly structure of America's most beloved game. 

Davidson produced another equally-hilarious football-themed short a few years back with his animated piece Irritable Bowl Syndrome based on Bill Maher's book The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass.

What really sets Davidson apart is not only his excellent animation skills, but strong script-writing and storytelling. He never forgets to bring the funny. I recently featured the sizzle from his animation collective, Sweet Crude, as an example of how to create a sizzle reel that shows off your skillset without being complete bullshit.

Yes, football is ridiculous as this piece points out, but damn if we don't love it. Onward to the Super Bowl in New Jersey!

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Here's 50 Years of Mustang Design DNA in One Infographic

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Here's 50 Years of Mustang Design DNA in One Infographic

To trace the history of lighting design in the new Ford Mustang, I created this infographic for Road & Track. Following a series of popular posts showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at each generation of the Mustang from sketch through production, this infographic presents information pulled from the series in a clean, visually-dynamic way. 

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