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HELLO, MY NAME IS GARY.


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Gary Grinkevich was born on July 6, 1988 in Whittier (CA). As a child Gary developed a fondness for drawing, including simple things like dinosaurs, car explosions, & other topical subjects for an 8 year old. Gary refined his artistic style in college where in addition to his growing repertoire of dinosaurs, he also gained a mastery of design & typography. Today, Gary works full-time as an email designer, and is always looking for new opportunities to help people with his craft.

  • MOVIES

    WHAT I WATCH

    You may have guessed it, but I’m a Movie nerd… 80’s cult classics, comedies, & Hollywood blockbusters. I don’t often watch television, but when I do it’s the Trailer Park Boy’s.

  • MUSIC

    WHAT I LISTEN TO

    Rawk! Def Leppard, Zeppelin, The Cars, I love to play Guitar, so of course Vai, Satch, & Yngwie adorn the itunes playlist, If you can play it loud & proud, I’m in!

  • TEXT

    WHAT I READ

    I really enjoy gaining varied perspectives on life through biographies; people ranging from Abe Lincoln, to George Carlin.

  • IDEAS

    WHAT I BELIEVE

    In regards to design, I believe in bringing a sense of life & personality to my work. As a society we often work to homogenize design, however I believe all design is unique, & should be created to suit individuals.

Skills // Adobe Dream Weaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Muse, Adobe Aftereffects, Pre-Press, UI-Design, Illustration, Studio Photography, & Web Design.

About this Blog // Music was my first love. I like many music genres, but my favourites are classic rock, alternative and electronic music.

  • A WORD ON GOOD E-SIGNATURE DESIGN

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    Email signatures are often overlooked in the realm of professional communications. Like so many aspects of visual design it’s subtle and easily overlooked but essential in terms of the way a business or professional presents themselves. E-signatures provide an quick and easy way to communicate a bit of your personality without overstepping your boundaries and the design possibilities are vast but not limitless. 
     
    Different email clients can tear apart the beautiful text formatting that you slaved for hours to get just right. And many clients don’t display images by default, which gives you some things to think about. An Ideal signature has 3 things…
     
    – It will provide the reader with contact information and reinforce branding.
    – It should fail gracefully, meaning all of the critical information should be live text.
    – It should walk the line between text and images
     
    Have you ever seen an image that didn’t load in an email? Of course you haven’t =]
     
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    that’s why its important to only use a single logo image I would say no larger than 50 x 50 px. That way if the email client fails to load your image you will still be able to read text. Remember Text will ALWAYS load even if it’s an unsupported font. Working with “web save” fonts like Arial, Verdana, Trebuchet, etc. is good because they are supported by every email client; more importantly they are supported by both MAC and PC (just stay away from comic sans unless you run a children’s daycare center).
     
    Ideally your name, position, telephone number, and website are all that your email signature should contain, nobody needs to know your home address, favorite color or animated gif of a dancing baby. 
     
    Remember make like Hikaru Utada and keep it Simple and Clean!
     
    Of course if all of this is over your head you can contact a designer to create an email signature for you! 
     
    -Gary
  • ONWARDS & UPWARDS!

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    Email Designs

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    This is One of the designs that I did for work. You can see the rest of the series on my behance account. I often have more a chance to update that with current work than here. lots of exciting this happening right now including some in progress work and just general drawings. I was speaking with a co-worker today and I was surprised at how little they had progressed in their respective fields. It reminded me of my personal goal to keep growing and improving in all the things that I do. I think its a good lesson for everyone regardless of your chosen profession.

    -Gary

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