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May 23 2014

An Anniversary

Eleven years ago today. I was a wreck.Just a kid, my bride even younger.I don't think it really hit me, the weight of this thing we were doing.But I was still a wreck.We made promises and smiled, too nervous to even really see the depth in one another's eyes. It was grand and it was a whirlwind.And the days since now seem to have come and gone so quickly.I'm not the best husband you've ever...

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In Which I Clap and Sing

So, I don't clap and sing in this installment of Creative People Are Weird, but I do remind you that good creatives want to create world-changing work. And they want to do it for you!Give your creatives some freedom and they'll be better at solving your problems. And, Creatives, don't sell yourself or your client short!...

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Creative People: Don’t Get STEAMrolled!

I attended an incredible symposium yesterday.It was about STEAM, something everyone should care about.It got me thinking about the changing relationship between creatives and the people who pay them.Watch it and tell me what your experiences have been. And I wore the jacket especially for you....

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Personality Trumps Trends

I know so many cool people.They’re so interesting and have amazing personalities. Their stories are incredible. Yet they’re so caught up in following the giant firehose of trends that it can be hard to see their real personalities.It takes bravery to be yourself.People will judge you.But you and your life will be way more interesting....

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There’s Always Something New to Try

I just received the alpha build of a new option for publishing articles to quite a few different platforms (Wordpress included).It’s Desk PM by John Saddington.I don’t have an opinion of it yet - this is my first attempt at using it - but I like the idea of a streamlined way of sharing my thoughts with you.Time will tell…....

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why free fonts suck

Ok, so they're not all bad. But most of them are and Thomas Phinney tells us why in Communication Arts. This article is the real deal. These are the subtleties that separate good type from great type. ...

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Pleasing Everyone | Creative People Are Weird

I'm stunned by the businesses that pop up in my town who seem hellbent on looking just like their corporate counterparts. Who insist on being as center-of-the-road and fitting in as much as possible.It's nearly impossible to distinguish them from one another or from their greater-reaching behemoth brothers, except for the higher prices.Why would they do that to themselves?In the next few months, I'll be running an ad in a national publication and I've been...

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Music Mondays | On Preparedness

In high school, I was one of those kids.Tests were easy for me. I had decent recall (which was what most tests were) and was a Grade-A BS artist. I could talk my way out of (or into) almost anything - including decent grades. That meant I could slack on homework and didn't really have to study.I was that kid you hated. And now it haunts me.See, the huge disservice of my earlier years of education was...

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Spec Work Sucks

Some companies expect creative people to work for free and that's just shady.Spec work is bad for creatives and it's bad for clients.Don't do that crap.Seriously. Don't do it!...

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