I WRITE ABOUT BRANDING & DESIGN

A collection of my thoughts and opinions. Often illustrated.

Three lies about being prepared

I recently finished reading Stephen Pressfield's amazing “War of Art” in which he argues that the only thing that keeps us from succeeding is resistance. Resistance shows up in a gazillion ways, all of which are designed to keep us from actually doing anything to...

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Why a style-free designer is exactly what you need.

I belong to several business groups on Facebook. In most cases, they are full of entrepreneurs at various stages of their business journey who have banded together to network, support each other, and hopefully find clients & partners with whom to work. Every so often,...

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To hell with experts

I am not an expert. In fact, I’m suspicious of anyone who calls themselves one. The Internet is riddled with “experts” who will help you find your purpose/live your dream/make six figures/lose weight/gain another 1000 Facebook likes…. If there’s something you want to...

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The power of AND

Last weekend during the typical “kids, time to clean your rooms” time, I came to the realization that my daughter has been not so much cleaning, as two-handing everything deep under her bed. “Out of sight, out of mind” may be a good strategy when it comes to...

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On being a reluctant artist

I never meant to be a designer. I took all the high school courses to enable myself to enter any university faculty. I took chemistry and physics and calculus just in case. I took English Literature because it was really recommended as a basis for first year English....

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Why your designer needs to hear, “I hate it.”

You're working hard on your business. You're busy dreaming up your newest program; the blockbuster one. The one that is going to sell out in the first day, launch to huge acclaim, and cement your reputation as a pioneer in your industry. PING. Fresh to your inbox are...

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Three tips to recognizing great design. Also, wine.

I like wine. I have my stand-by favourites, but every once in a while I am prone to browsing the store looking for something new. Without fail, I will choose something with a great name or a pretty label. I know I'm not alone. At Easter dinner, my dad admitted to...

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Focus

Lately, it's been feeling very dog-from-Up around here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSUXXzN26zg Partly, this is being an entrepreneur. We have all the things we need to do to work IN the business; keeping our clients happy, moving work forward, writing quotes and...

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