My Blog

Working at 10up

Well I am in my first week at 10up. So far so good. It is pretty crazy to go from

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Make it smart

The real work of a designer is to add clarity and comprehension. My job is to help my customer’s customer

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A Brave New World

It is Christmas morning and I am waiting for everyone to wake up. Shhh! 2014 is going to be a

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"The role of the imagination is to create new meanings and to discover connections that, even if obvious, seem to escape detection. Imagination begins with intuition, not intellect."

- Paul Rand

Growth Strategy

After a very fun morning together, I told my eight year old son, Rowan, to stop getting older and just

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Values

I am in this business to help others succeed. If I can’t see a way to make that happen, I

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"In most meetings — and in most everything we do in business — we are usually trying to keep things moving forward and just ‘get things done.’ This is a natural impulse, and of course it’s important to get things done and stay on schedule. The problem is, this leaves little time to question assumptions, as in, Why are we doing this particular thing? Have we really thought it through, and considered other possibilities?"

- Warren Berger

Designers

When I look at a group of designer, I see individuals with a diverse set of skills, centered around creativity

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The Future of Dating

Today is my 21 anniversary and I believe it spawned this particular car conversation between myself and my 8 year

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"...all over the world there are EVPs and SVPs trying to get their teams to think differently. The trouble is that most organizations spend a lot of time and money making sure that their people all think the same. They’re squadrons, flying in tight formations, valuing consistency and efficiency over individual flair."

- Suzanne LaBarre

Education

I have been a creative director, designer, photo retoucher, photographer, trainer and small business owner. I’ve been a waiter, welder,

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Efficient vs. Effective

There are two main camps ways a designer works to complete a project, efficiently or effectively. Some check the process boxes

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"The people that are doing work that matters aren’t doing work thats popular. They’re just doing work that changes some people."

- Seth Godin

Leadership

Leadership is about empowerment. My job today is equipping designers to take risks, discover possibilities to ultimately do phenomenal work. This

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Empathy is Key

Empathy should be the next business buzz word. It is when one has a heart for the disenfranchised that the

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