Design, Be Beautiful

Design, Be Beautiful.

tl;dr Beautiful design is not pretty design. Clients can sabotage their own designs, so be careful. Don’t be that guy! Join me in refusing to make designs that force a bad experience on a viewer–by making great work! You know it when you hear it in a song. The song that compels you to sing with […]

Networking for Business

Networking for Business

It’s like the universe just knows. What you put in your mind, you put into the universe and it creates reality. I honestly believe this, and it’s a powerful force when you are trying to network for business. Or flirt for a spouse. Or meet a new bff. I’ve never been a giant fan of […]

Helping People By Telling People We Are Helping People

The Interesting Problem I Came Across The company, shall we call them, Dogood, is very serious about greening their place and being eco-friendly. So they do what every person in America thinks is good–they create a recycling program. They pay extra to have the bins and the proper disposal. Unfortunately, every time they do, Dogood […]

Living and Working with Passion

Living and Working with Passion

I’ve seen that quote from Steve Jobs last year. You know the one. It was blaring on twitter and pinterest posts when his book came out.“…the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work; and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Turns out, bullshit.

THE HORROR! I can hear the iLovers in my head: How can you say that Jessica? Steve Jobs can’t be wrong! Especially when it is so inspirational! But think about it for a moment. My generation (very much including myself here) has been running around like chickens with no heads trying to find what they love to do so that they can be not just millionaires, but crazy happy millionaires who love what they do every day. The truth is that for every inspirational Steve Jobs, there are thousands of workers trying to sell their art and failing to make that their livelihood, even though it’s what they love.

Tell Them How to Feel

Tell Them How to Feel

I’ve noticed in my social media interactions that if I post a link to something without any accompanying information, such as: “Ha, this is funny!”, “I agree/disagree”, “I thought ‘enter thought here’”, and so on, and so on, I get far fewer responses. It’s as if nobody knows what to think of your post unless you tell them what to think.

Does it make us a little queasy that the poster isn’t immediately telling us their motivations? Do you think (subconsciously?) “Why did you post this link if you don’t tell me how to feel about it?” Or perhaps, and far more likely, “Why did you post this if you don’t tell me how important it is to me?”

I’m going to be more aware in my own interactions, when someone shows something to me but doesn’t tell me what to think about it.