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"The single most both frightening and disheartening thing I learned about Corporate America is just how random so many of the decisions were."

- Taylor Aldridge

Business

First and foremost I understand that graphic/commercial design is a business service and therefore must be quality, effective and profitable.

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"Design is more than just a few tricks to the eye. It’s a few tricks to the brain."

- Neville Brody

Swear Words

My 8 year old son and I were running errands last weekend. From the back seat Rowan inquires, “Dad?” “What

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"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see."

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Good Advice Sucks

I have been reading and talking about leadership, management and good people skills for the last two years. I’ve followed

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"Attempting to see management as the ultimate decision makers demotivates the smart people in the organization who, without the authority to do what they know is right, will grow frustrated and leave. And when this happens, you won’t notice it, but you’ll be left with a bunch of yes-men, who don’t particularly care (or know) how things should work, and the company will only have one brain – the CEO’s."

- Joel Spolsky

I’m Wrong

I slice and dice my own presumptions, conclusions and beliefs daily. I easily forget some folks rarely do that, and

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"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Designing for the “yes” is a creative killer.

Believing that innovation or creativity is a mere process, and playing to that prescribed set of tasks gets me every

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"In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties and adds that work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence. Managing upward, The concept of a subordinate finding ways to subtly manipulate his or her superiors in order to prevent them from interfering with the subordinate's productive activity or to generally limit the damage done by the superiors' incompetence."

- Peter Drucker

Happy New Year

Today is doubly special for me. Like most, it’s a time to make new resolutions, restart unfinished projects, reorganize and

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Brand is Personality

When thinking about branding, most immediately think of logos. However, logos are merely symbols of the brand, not the brand

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The Quick and the Dead

We recently flew to one of our branches and shot video at a trade show. Before we made it back

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Creating a Culture of Innovation

I am enamored with number two in the list I’ve linked to. Teach Creativity Systematically, in Mr. Swartz’ list below. I

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