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Here are the slides from my presentation at AIGA Minnesota Luncheons: Solopreneurs on June 24.

The books I suggested during my presentation were:
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
(Guy is also a great Twitter follow)
Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

Some additional links from the talk:
University of St. Thomas Small Business development Center

On June 19 I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion and/or open critique of web-based typography at FontConf, the unconference for web fonts and @fontface. I was joined by designers Nick Zdon, Wendy Ruyle, Maria Besonen, and David Molanphy to discuss current trends, opportunities and challenges with designing type for the web. I asked each panelist to submit a list of links for us to view and discuss during in a variety of categories:

  • Feature type (logos, headlines, titles, or any case where type is used as the signature visual element),
  • Motion/movement/animation
  • Mobile devices (what are the unique challenges and opportunities here…and who is doing a good job of tackling them?)
  • Social media (this is an environment where a lot of content needs to come together on the fly…who is succeeding? Can we look beyond the “mainstream” networks and examine some emerging or fringe networks?)
  • Information Graphics (with the tidal wave of information on the web, who is doing a great job of graphically presenting raw info? GOOD magazine is a starting point…who else?)
  • Blog-ware (WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, etc. all offer built-in templates with a variety of visual themes…most of them suck, but who is rising above?)
  • Sites and blogs that discuss typography
  • Foundries that are doing great work

Here are the links they sent in, as well as more info about each of the panelists: Read the rest of this entry »

I met designer Keenan Cummings recently at the SVA MFA Interaction Design Dot Dot Dot event and we’ve carried on an email dialogue since then. We both have a connection to the Johnson & Johnson Global Strategic Design Office, but our conversation has quickly jumped beyond that common ground and into some really intriguing ideas about how and why designers work the way we do. The conversation began with a post Keenan published on his Field Study blog entitled “Maintaining Inexperience” in which he writes “some work environments have become expert at learning and repeating unoriginal, decontextualized solutions called precedent (‘This is the way it’s always been done…’).” In his post Keenan ponders how designers can stay fresh despite the relentless pressure to crank out solutions in an efficient manner. I found his thinking to be in parallel with my own thoughts about how we as designers run our businesses—that too often we find ourselves on “autopilot,” not really understanding why we are working within a certain model.

You can find Keenan’s “Maintaining Inexperience” post on Field Study by clicking here. And below is an extension of our dialogue on the topic. Read the rest of this entry »

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