A few years back I had the pleasure of listening to Sally Hogshead, former Creative Director for CP&B and Hall of Fame Public speaker, drop some serious knowledge on a rather novice creative audience (including myself) in Colorado. She wowed me then and I still consult her Radical Careering book from time to time. She now travels the world as CEO of Fascinate, a company who continues to do research about the long-term benefits regarding our personal relationships with people—and how it directly affects business. See the intro slide from her most recent talk to Wells Fargo financial advisors in San Francisco. Damn straight, Sally.
New work published in the latest logolounge 7!
Work featured in the book was produced for SANDIA Advertising.
and watch this:
Glad people are starting to realize that a good balance between work and life should be a necessity, not a random privilege. And for it to come from the top – the COO of Facebook – it feels like it might actually get some wings and make an impact on people. Get out a spend time with family, see the world – it might make you a better person AND a better employee.
Sweet photo session with Dance master, Billy Chang!
More to come!
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995
A great response to the crowdsourcing epidemic:
Crowdsourcing In My Face by Laurel Black
These are some insightful and thought-provoking lessons from Wieden+Kennedy’s Executive Creative Director, John C Jay: 10 Lessons for young designers. I don’t consider myself ‘young’ anymore…but this advice applies to everyone. Really great stuff.
1: Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do.
2: Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort.
3: Get off the computer and connect with real people and culture. Life is visceral.
4: Constantly improve your craft. Make things with your hands. Innovation in thinking is not enough.
5: Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to learn just how much you don’t know.
6: Being original is still king, especially in this tech-driven, group-grope world.
7: Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them.
8: Instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them.
9: The Golden Rule actually works. Do good.
10: If all else fails, No. 2 is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.
via Swiss Miss
What a wonderful flowchart to refer to or hand to your favorite design-requesting friends on the sly!
Jessica Hische, awesome illustrator and type designer, prepares this chart to help us answer the very common question — Should I Work for Free?
If you haven’t seen the story of homeless man, Ted Williams check it here. His voice is unbelievable.
By the power of the internet and the Columbus Dispatch, he’s now turned his life around and become the voice of Kraft. (Compliments of CP + B here in Boulder, CO.)
It only takes a few seconds of listening to him to realize he deserves this kind of attention. Good luck to him in 2011 — it’s nice to see a great story hit the news.
Leif Steiner, Owner/Creative Director of Boulder’s Moxie Sozo, gives the blog world some intense and deeply inspiring words from 2010. Read his editorial here or get a grasp of the entire “What I Learned This Year” series here.