The new(ish) redesign of Joe Lifrieri’s blog. I’ve been following Joe’s work for a while now and it’s always great stuff. So make sure and follow him on twitter: @ hugsformonsters .

The website promises some nice illustration work and of course you’re not let down and to top it off each page sports a different illustration and a slight change of pace. I love that! I love the general layout and the texture that lurks behind everything on the site. Another thing that really stands out to me is Joe’s sense of humor, it’s subtle across the site but you get the picture as you read through the content and find the little nuggets here and there. Love the site Joe!


Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.

  • Thanks Gene! 🙂

    I really appreciate the post. I poured a lot of time into this one. You guys are by far my favorite gallery out there (for a lot of reasons), and it’s so awesome to see my stuff here. Thank you so much.

    (One quick thing though, my Twitter name is @hugsformonsters :P)

    — Joe

  • Gavan Brown

    I like it… though, all the swearing is probably a bit goddamn unnecessary for a professional site… not that it’s offensive… it simply doesn’t add anything. Just makes him seem a bit bitter. Bitterness is generally not an upsell in a designer. Artist maybe, not designer. Love the color palette, and obviously the illustrations.

  • @Joe – sorry about the twitter mix up, fixed now. And thanks for being a part of our community, we need more peeps like you hanging out with us!

    @Gavan – That’s part of Joe’s sense of humor, I’ve actually come to enjoy it with his tweets and general sauciness.

    Keep on doing what you’re doing Joe!

  • @Gavan – I am not a product. I am not concerned with upsell. I am not a professional, nor would I ever care to be. I am a person. May I always stay that way.

  • Gavan

    You certainly aren’t a product, you are a producer of a product.

    The difference between art and graphic design, is that art is produced for yourself. Most / All of your work is clearly marked as being projects made for other people. This makes your work a product.

    Just because Michael Moore makes a movie about how much corporations suck, doesn’t mean he is not a brand, and his movies aren’t a product.

    No need to take offense, I like your style. 😀

    “Art is like masturbation. It is selfish and introverted and done for you and you alone. Design is like sex. There is someone else involved, their needs are just as important as your own, and if everything goes right, both parties are happy in the end.”
    — Colin Wright