If Concept Is King, Process Must Be Prince

I used to work for a Creative Director at a big agency who would say, “Process will save your ass.” He would send junior paper shufflers scurrying whenever they asked for something outside of the agency’s established process for such things. It seemed harsh at the time, but I understood the need for it. Since […]

Whatever Works For You

You may want to think twice before launching your own design shop, blogvertising agency or brand consultancy. According to Inc. the majority of small-business owners work at least 50 hours per week, according to a recent poll — far more than the national average of 33.8 hours per week reported by the Bureau of Labor […]

Antiquated Systems Beget Asinine Assumptions

Most businesses (and their trade groups) want deperately to befriend any and all customers. They spend countless dollars and time thinking up new ways to win customer loyalty. But the recording industry doesn’t play by those rules. They have their own draconian world view, and it gets stranger by the day. Check out this Consumerist […]

Three Screens. One Desktop.

Bill Gates shared his work style with Fortune yesterday. We’re finally getting close to what I call the digital workstyle. If you look at this office, there isn’t much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. […]

While The Valley Wags

Flickr founder, Caterina Fake, thinks it’s not the best time to start a company, especially in the Bay Area. Every night there’s a Mashup get together, or a TechCrunch party, or it’s Tag Tuesday, or SuperHappyDevHouse or SXSW or this conference or that conference. And this stuff is fun. It’s a real community. But all […]

Old Guys Get Up To Internet Speed

Deanna Zammit and Eleftheria Parpis of Adweek have put together a funny piece on aging creative leaders, and their various techniques for staying current in today’s digital milieu. “I used to think you could noodle something out on a pad and have someone else execute it on a computer,” said Jeff Goodby, 54, co-chairman at […]

Let The Games Begin

I’m not a gamer. Never have been. Yet, I recognize that many of my peers in this business play games on their lunch hour, and they even stay late to further compete against one another. It seems kind of crazy from where I’m sitting, but what do I know? According to Wired, such activities can […]

Cut Yourself Some Slack

If you work in advertising or a related field, it’s likely that you work too many hours and juggle too many tasks. For your own good, your firm’s benefit and your client’s benefit, stop it now. This story in Fortune explains why. What scientists have only recently begun to realize is that people may do […]