I’ve written a lot about the importance of listening and active listening in design, but it occurred to me that it might help to get more specific about how listening happens.
The Grandmama of Infographics
Long before just about everybody was doing infographics, National Geographic was publishing some of the most gorgeous, absorbing and instructive picture stories in the world.
Why we made our newsletter invite-only
As of our last issue, our email newsletter, the Occasional Machine Chronicles, is now invite-only. Here’s why.
David Ogilvy on being creative
Spotted this in the caption of a photo. The post is on Jack Martin’s A Folk Musician blog: David Ogilvy’s 10 Rules for Headlines. Why is a folk musician writing about David Ogilvy? Jack asks, and answers, that question, too.
Imaginary Letter from My Government Representative
“I have not been at the forefront of this issue, I have not led any legislation or debate that relates to it, nor have I really done sufficient research when I voted on issues like this in the past. In fact, there were a few times I vigorously opposed it.”
Design and the Power of Human Connections
Connections are how we build relationships. Graphic arts are communication arts, which succeed when they create or strengthen relationships.
Whether the other person is a friend, someone we work with, someone we interact with only briefly or that abstraction we call “our market”, we start with connections…
I just learned about Boa Sr (Boa Senior, known as chaachii). She was the last surviving Bo-speaking member of the Great Andamanese…
Data Visualization brings ideas to life for a tech jobs startup
At the moment, we’re strengthening our sales presentations over at H1Talent, a job matching site for H1-B visa holders and the companies that seek them. We’ve got great numbers, but we needed more imagery to communicate the business concept, as well as some data visualization to bring those great numbers to life.
Elements of a Smart Co-branding Campaign
Co-branding happens when two (or more) businesses join forces to present a coordinated “face”.
There’s tremendous potential in combining resources to expand your reach. I’ve seen (and you, too, right?) exciting things happen for businesses that do this, such as broadening each other’s customer base and building loyalty with new services. We’ve […]
Presentation Magic: Inspire Your Next Slide Show
A new client asked for examples of slide presentations I’ve done. Unfortunately, most of them are confidential (for sales presentations, etc.). To get a range of styles across, I put together this little slide show.
In addition to showcasing my work, I hope it will inspire you to think a little (or a lot) […]
Working with Creatives: Stating Your Preferences
We’re taught that art and artistic taste are so personal, so indefinable and ultimately—so special—that they are impossible to express in words.
Granted, there is a lot that’s mystical about artistic sensibilities, but also plenty that is firmly and squarely down to earth.
Working with creatives can feel like a huge […]
Design Consistency: Relax a Little
This post focuses on company logos, but is applicable to all a company’s graphics, particularly when your company has, or is considering, a branding bible, company style guide or detailed, elaborate Corporate Image Guidelines.
It’s been a long journey since the days I proudly referred to myself as the Logo Police. The hints of future […]
My background is in graphic design, and I’m passionate about communication in all its forms, from surrealistic poetry to the social media tsunami. This passion expresses itself as a fierce drilling into the essence of a company’s culture, message and vision. As a result, I’m able to understand and express a brand in broader terms—where […]
Shifting my design perspectives (again)
The designer-printer relationship
is 500 years old.
The designer-developer relationship
is not even 20 years old.
Cooperative Projects: Wake a Sleeping Dragon
Bringing ideas to life is now my #2 high.
Helping others feel that feeling has become #1.
With my most recent volunteer creative project, I’d say a close third is learning that the project giftee has reaped profound meaning and sustenance from the gift (which happened, and it was heart-melting). However, keeping in mind […]
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