Written on Saturday,
March 31st, 2018
at 01:40AM

“Timmy has a boat with a goat in a mote” “Timmy has a goat on a boat in a mote” “Timmy is in a boat with a goat” “Timmy has a goat and a boat” “Timmy is a goat with a boat” We’ve all played the game “Pass It On” or “Telephone” when we were kids (at least I think you did, if not, I’m sorry that your upbringing was devoid of rainbows, unicorns, G.I.Joe, HubbaBubba and awkward haircuts). Nothing better illustrates the idea of communication deterioration and the difficulty of conveying ideas and concepts verbally. Often as designers we believe that our means of communication is obvious and universally understood. But we speak the language with which we are most familiar, which is not always the one our listeners need to hear. The key to communication is to make sure that what you say and what you hear are translated with accurate intent. In most cases simplicity is the best option except when it comes to communication. If you need translations australia online services, visit www.ethnolink.com.au for more information. … Continue reading



Written on Wednesday,
October 10th, 2012
at 11:13PM

Over a year ago Chris and I embarked upon the murky waters of the startup universe. I “toed the line” between running Wiseacre Digital and building a product with ChoreMonster for several months and posting it online through this site https://www.webdesign499.com/5-reasons-why-your-website-isnt-bringing-new-customers-in/, until things turned a corner (i.e., ChoreMonster got venture funding). I packed my bags and waved goodbye to nearly a decade of being a freelancer indie designer. Recently an old graphic I created on Dribbble has been turned into a tshirt, and I thought “Maybe I could share some of the things I learned working for myself?”, where I succeeded and where I failed. This is by no means comprehensive of all the things you need to know when starting your own graphic design business, but I believe covers a great deal of things you need to be prepared for before and while you do. Don’t Be Desperate My introduction into the independent world of design (I know I’ve shared over and over my loathing of the term freelance, so I will not labor on the topic) was not voluntary. … Continue reading



Written on Tuesday,
August 28th, 2012
at 02:34PM

It was old and musty inside the withered cardboard box. It still carried the smell of my parents basement — a mix of mothballs and mildew. Inside it where the remnants of my childhood; old photos, some withering t-shirts with sweat-stained armpits and a few worn toys. As my mother was moving into an assisted living facility with help from on the go moving, the nearly forgotten artifacts of my kid-dome had to find a new home. My 11 year old son came into the basement and asked me what was in the box. After looking through some old photos, and making fun of my hair and clothing (I had to explain to him that those were headphones, not my hair) he saw one toy and made him curious: “What the heck is this?” (holding up brown plastic device) “Oh that? That’s a game device.” “You mean like my Didj?” “Well, not that cool. This could only play one thing game, football. You where the bold red line, you’d press the arrows to move side to side and forward and avoid getting … Continue reading



Written on Monday,
March 19th, 2012
at 03:27AM

It’s somewhat common to write up a synopsis (aka “review” aka “opinion piece” aka “to do list”) of one’s experience after attending some group event with like-minded individuals.  While I’d like to say I’m more original than that, I’m not. A few days ago I arrived in beautiful Greenville (locally pronounced “Greenval” or also “Grnnvl” for those with brevity issues) to attend a small and motivated groups of designers, developers and creator of things for Greenville Grok. For the 99% of you who probably don’t know what a grok is, here’s a definition: “To grok is to intimately and completely share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity.” A small group of around 100 of us gathered in groups (which were broken into 4 smaller, randomized groups) where each of us where encouraged (and sometimes coerced) into sharing thoughts and ideas, participating in discussions and broadly finding the pulse of our tidy industry. It was quite unlike any conference (it was really more a rumpus) that I had been to, as it’s not about panels or … Continue reading



Written on Monday,
January 2nd, 2012
at 10:10PM

There comes a point as a business owner where the trade you learned (the talents you feel you have) slowly melt into the many other ingredients necessary to, well, feed your family. My full-headed vision of design stardom (of creating lasting, inspired works, and honestly and self-centeredly, gaining design fame — however shallow that is, but it’s the truth; a truth and desire which will ultimately lead to disingenuousness and a loss of the root purpose of design — which is that of the client and the audience in spite of ourselves; but I digress) got shuffled with the feet-thumping reality of running a real business. Somewhere along the line that myopic vision expanded. This isn’t so much a lament as it is a confession. My desire for perfection, for (marginal) originality and creativity simply met an impasse with the many other things I was required to do, until I no longer knew how to do any of them with great skill. I’m almost 40 and I feel that I can do nothing great, perhaps a few things well, and many things awfully. I’m still not … Continue reading