All about that Grammar, and spelling

Preview of the cover and interior of my fourth book

I’m publishing my fourth book soon, and as usual, I send it to my fantastic editor Tim. However, as usual, I use these experiences to test other things to optimize my process.

I saw an ad in an email in 2017 promising to “get instant grammar corrections on my writing.” It said, “Mind Your There’s and Theirs.” I figured why not. It was a Chrome extension and website that offered on-the-spot grammar editing. It integrated LinkedIn, WordPress, and Gmail to check what I wrote automatically, and I could click the button next to my…

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Using Adobe Fonts for my CC libraries to use in XD

The next step in my process of setting up a design system is typography! In the previous post, I demonstrated how I populated my CC libraries with a color palette, lets continue this exercise with fonts! We’ll be exploring Adobe Fonts today. In the future, maybe we can sit and create our own! However, Adobe Fonts gives you access to unlimited fonts with no extra charge with your Creative Cloud subscription, and they are all already licensed (super useful if you’re not familiar with art buying or licensing for commercial use).

Photo of the author
Photo of the author

Hi I’m Jerlyn. I’ll be doing these first series to show you how I work with Adobe XD in my daily life. I’ve done anything from wires to wedding invitations, baby reveals, animations, etc. However for this first part of the series I’m going to focus on building out a design system as my new journey as an Adobe XD Ambassador.

My favorite part of a project’s conception is the setting the design system. (I enjoy creating the color palette and font exploration the most.)

These are the steps that I take, and tools that I use when establishing a…

Illustration of a woman sitting at a table smelling a lit candle
Illustration of a woman sitting at a table smelling a lit candle

In December 2019, a past colleague that I had gotten friendly with, sent me the URL to her social media presence for a company that she had just launched after working on it for over a year.

I loved her founder’s story and immediately scanned the content to determine how I was going to craft a caption when I shared the profile to my own page. There was her product: A candle. It was beautiful but I paused when I started scrolling through the shop. She continued messaging me about learning about marketing and understanding numbers and metrics.

Then I…

In 2014, the commander of U. S. Special Operations at the time gave a commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. He said:

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another… By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

Illustration of Woman making her bed
Illustration of Woman making her bed

I used to make my…

At the end of April 2020, I decided to create a coloring book with visuals of us sheltering in place and some social distancing activities to help others be creative. Every country is dealing with the virus in various ways. I’m hoping that most of you can relate to, and find some comfort in the images that I drew.

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Video of illustration with Facebook 3D Photo technology

Facebook has a feature that uses machine learning to turn any photo into a 3D image that can be viewed from different perspectives if you tilt or rotate your phone, or scroll past. I decided to start using this technology on my art to tell better stories online (I experiment on @commuteartist on Instagram).

3D photos have been around for a while and it’s much easier to achieve than you think!

I’m using one of the images that I drew on my iPad (the reference is updated from the video). It’s part…

I spent an hour with Christina Mallon-Michalove in the fall of 2018, to record her video interview for National Disability Awareness Month. At the time, I didn’t know that the hour would change my life.

Illustration of my view of interviewing Christina
Illustration of my view of interviewing Christina

In her early 20s, Christina developed a motor neuron disease resulting from a car accident, which left both of her arms paralyzed. Despite this, I noticed she had walked into the room on the 19th floor without assistance, apparently after navigating the NYC transportation system, and she had a cell phone. …

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