The Future Of Marketing Words Don’t Look So Purty


Could you imagine laboring over a piece of copy the way old-timers like Howard Gossage did? And if you did, what would your current clients do to it after you sent a draft to them? Thanks to these internet tubes, people everywhere are writing, all the time. Or at least, they’re typing. Has all this […]

Creative People Need To Think Strategically. Right?

I will absolutely not make judgments on agencies that appear on “The Pitch” based on how the show makes them look. The heavily edited, overly dramatic, trainwreck of a reality TV show has taken some decent people and make them look awful. I’ve met some of the participants on a few of the shows so […]

What’s In The Box? I Hope It’s An Invitation


As you know, I’ve been decompressing from the weight of much too much information. So pardon the self-referential nature of things. I’ll look outward again. Before I do, I want to point to new research from Harvard University that indicates as much as 40% of our speech is devoted to telling others about what we […]


We’re both in the brand identity game. So, let’s put our heads together on this. The Internet needs an identity refresh. Please understand that this is #probono work, since there is no real client and no one to bill. We all own the Internet, right? It’s a community garden and thus our undertaking to improve […]

10 Easy Steps You Can Take Today To Achieve Social Media Stardom And Make Buckets of Money


If you’ve been paying attention these past few years, you know by now that the world is most definitely your oyster. Thanks to the game changing power of the Internet, you can disrupt markets, wear a sarong to work and never answer to a clueless boss again. Sure, it may sound too good to be […]

When You Replace Bad Habits, You Make Room For Better Ones


My recent post where I discussed kicking my blogging habit lacked clarity. Ergo, I’ve got some explaining to do. I thought this line from the post would carry weight: “By blogging I refer to the light- to medium-weight updates that often refer to a primary source.” But it didn’t. I also thought this line would […]

I Like Your Jacket. And I “Like” Your Jacket.


Here’s an interesting use of Facebook in the retail space. A Brazilian retailer lets you see exactly how many people “like” a particular item of clothing. According to Springwise, C&A’s new “Fashion Like” initiative uses special hooks on the racks in its bricks-and-mortar store to display Facebook “likes” in real time, giving in-store shoppers a […]

Next Week In Portland, Share Your Vision For The Web

Web & Mobile Design, Technology and UX Conference - WebVisions

WebVisions is on next week in Portland. I know you’re busy making commercials and stuff, but why not push back from the machine for a day or two? Entering its 12th year, the conference kicks off with studio tours, parties and networking events on Tuesday, followed by one day of workshops and two full day […]