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5 posts tagged doing great work

Intention

My dad has a saying, “You get what you intend, not what you hope for.” How many things in our lives are we actually intentional about, though? In the creative (and development) world, I consistently see studios grow beyond their optimal size. Our culture rewards it, and often our internal drive is to be bigger because we’re told that bigger is better. But is it?

I haven’t been distracted by pushing a boulder up the wrong hill. I get to focus on doing really great work for excellent clients.

Like Berger & Föhr, I’ve been intentional about operating as a shop of one—I’m a bit of a design and development multi-tool. Some projects I team up with others (like Berger & Föhr) and other projects I handle by myself. I may not be this size forever, but it has been an intentional choice and a lot of rewarding things have come from it. The biggest bonus, though, is simply that I haven’t been distracted by pushing a boulder up the wrong hill. I get to focus on doing really great work for excellent clients. And, contrary to popular belief, my access to bigger and better projects has often come as a result of my practice size, not at the expense of it.

How intentional are you about the size and goals of your business?

Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: Coudal

Even if you like your job (and your clients) Coudal’s profile in the 37signals Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud series is a good read.

Coudal’s firm was one of the first on my radar, back before I even started gb Studio. I remember passing their videos around the office, admiring how awesome the Jewelboxing line of products was, and wishing I’d thought of The DECK.

An Excerpt from The Book I’m Writing

Although I remember a time or two that Blankenship has hinted either on Twitter or his blog that he’d like to write a book, this is the first confirmation I’ve seen that he’s actually writing one.

I have no idea what it’s about—though I have some guesses—but I’ve been following his blog for years and he’s certainly on my short-list of folks that I’d like to see some longer-form thinking from. Good stuff.

Fresh & hungry: Frank Chimero

Well put. I find it an easy trap to want to be known as someone with good taste rather than someone who does good work. Obviously, I want both, but the second one is hard work.

Lincoln’s Great Depression

I cannot say enough good about this article. It’s an absolutely fascinating look into the mind of Abraham Lincoln and the unique ways that his very personal struggle with depression both tormented him and yet drove him to do things that most would shy away from.