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Welcome. I'm Nate McDonald, an illustrative designer who writes songs. This is my blog, read only by my mom.

Adobe’s refreshing new launch images

July 22, 2014

Nate McDonald

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 launch image. Artwork by Kylli Sparre.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 launch image. Artwork by Kylli Sparre.

The 2014 release of Adobe’s Creative Cloud design desktop apps—InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop—took place in mid-June. I use each of these daily, and am very excited about their new features. I am also excited about the new launch images. Read more

Interview with videographer Andrew Linker

May 10, 2014

Nate McDonald


The title track from my band’s second album was recently featured as the soundtrack in a promotional video for Chattooga Belle Farm. I got the chance to catch up with Andrew Linker, the up-and-coming videographer and sustainable food advocate behind this project. Read more

The Crossover of Typekit and Font Folio

February 6, 2014

Nate McDonald

Typekit/Font Folio crossover in colored pencil

Typekit/Font Folio crossover in colored pencil

The long-awaited Typekit sync with Adobe Creative Cloud finally happened after several months of delay. I have been a user of the Adobe Font Folio package for several years, and have been eager to see what additional fonts Typekit would make available for a print designer. Read more

Birds of Prey

February 9, 2013

Nate McDonald

Great Horned Owl by NMCD for Atwood Center Birds of Prey Exhibit in Rockford, IL

Great horned owl used in signage for birds of prey exhibit at Atwood Center (Rockford, Illinois)

Here in my hometown, Atwood Center has been home to a birds of prey program and housing facility for several years. I used to work there during my college days as an environmental educator, and always enjoyed when we were able to have the students experience the birds up close. In 2011, through some generous donations Read more

Costume Coloring Page

October 19, 2012

Nate McDonald

Costumed kids coloring page for Lockwood Park (Rockford, Illinois)

Today one of my coloring pages was printed in my local newspaper. There is a coloring contest taking place for Lockwood Park during their Locktoberfest events this month. This is the last week to participate. So, if you live in the Rockford area and you’re the right age, or you have a kid who could enter, pick up a paper today! The deadline is next Wednesday. Read more

Roller Derby Babes

October 11, 2012

Nate McDonald

Roller Derby Babes - Thumbnail
Roller Derby Babes - Final Colored

Roller Derby Babes final illustration for Indoor Sports Center (Rockford, Illinois)

Today I learned more about roller derby than I ever thought I would want to, but the day ended with a quick and fun illustration of a couple derby babes. Read more