23 Text Posts in 2008


The post where I reflect on my first Ignite Boulder.

Despite the fact that we didn’t get to actually ignite anything on fire (maybe next time?), I throughly enjoyed last night’s Ignite Boulder.

The Premise: Presentations, “with a twist.” Each presentation (on a variety of topics) has 20 slides that advance automatically, each 15 seconds.

The presentations were interesting, informative, and best of all: funny. I was really impressed with the presenters (I hadn’t expected people to fly in from across the country to present), and also incredibly impressed with the job Andrew Hyde and his crew did to make the event happen.

I got to meet a bunch of fun people. Some whom I’d followed on Twitter for a while, and others I’ll now hopefully keep in touch with.

Build A Better Portfolio

For those just getting started.

Maybe you’re just out of school (or even better, still in school). Or maybe you’ve been pursuing a design career for a while, but are trying to break into other areas. From my own experience, here are some ways to begin build out your portfolio and gain some valuable experience.

Why We Don’t Do Free Spec Work

…and why I don’t think it’s a good strategy for most creative businesses.

So, I got in an argument today. A fun argument, but an argument nonetheless. The argument was about spec work.

If you don’t get chosen? You get nothing.

For those that don’t know, “spec” work is work done, for free, under the premise that if the client likes your work, they’ll choose you for the account and you’ll get paid. If you don’t get chosen? You get nothing.

As much as possible, I don’t want this post to devolve into a general argument for or against spec work—there is plenty of that on the net. These are my arguments. You may disagree with them, but I want to address why we don’t do it. At all.

Design Declarations

It’s almost the new year. Make some declarations about your work.

  1. Create useful (and usable) work.
  2. Adhere to simplicity.
  3. Embrace constraints.
  4. Teach.
  5. Be brief (brevity is powerful).
  6. Seek influence outside your medium.
  7. Practice storytelling.
  8. Design your life.
  9. Now, break the rules.

Networking Socially

My crazy little overview of this web thing for those trying to learn.

I got the chance yesterday to give a little presentation to a weekly group that my dad runs for business owners in south Denver. It was fun, I met a lot of great people and got to share a few thoughts on social networking and other web tidbits for the uninitiated.

Click through for the slides and some other stuff.

What’s In A Name?

Tea Hugger

Names are important. Names tell stories. Names invoke a state of mind, a feeling, a moment. Maybe you thought up your own name for a product, for a company. Maybe you paid somebody to do it. Whatever the route, a good name is invaluable.

Not all names are created equal though. Sometimes you stumble onto one that so succinctly sets the stage that everything else flows from it: the logo, the brand, the visual look & feel, the customer-base.

Paper Tree

A holiday/winter-themed iPhone Wallpaper to ward off my own scrooginess.

Ok, so, I’m not a big winter fan. And while I love my family and friends dearly, the craziness of the holidays often gets to me.

Solution: a bit of holiday cheer on my iPhone screen.

In this week’s design entry, I’ll give you a brief tutorial on creating a fun little iPhone Wallpaper that a friend aptly named: Paper Tree.

It’s About the Details

A one-page micro-store we launched for The Autumn Film this week.

It’s a simple concept: set sale prices on products you want to move and send out an email to your list promoting said products.

But this is a noisy space during the holiday season. How do you stand out? For band, The Autumn Film, we created The Red+White Sale and launched a branded single-page micro-store and accompanying email campaign.

I’ll take you through the finished design and point out some of the philosophy behind the decisions I made.

Oh, did I forget to mention we put this together in two days?

Smile for the Camera Mr. Bauer

I don’t know why I was watching the season premier of 24. It was on Hulu, I happened to be browsing Hulu; my mouse slipped and wham: there was Jack.

You can think what you want of the show (and its apparently horrendous color-correcting—am I right people?!), I’m just encouraged to see the folks who are normally behind the scenes getting more exposure in front of the camera.

But in all seriousness, 1:06:40 in, how did this slip by?