I recently started working on an exciting new project. It is set to be one of the most enjoyable sites that I'm going to do. This is partly due to the fact that the client seems to trust me. Your site always looks better when you trust the designer ... assuming the designer knows what he's talking about. Anyway, I was given total creative freedom on this project, and I let the ideas flow. As is often the case, I had a concept for the project before I even sat down with the company leadership. I knew the layout; I knew the colors; I knew the feel, everything. Then a strange thing happened.
I once read a book whose author proposed that every college graduate should be required to take a photography class. The thrust of the idea was that photography forces you to see things differently. It forces you to pay attention to light and the angles that we see everyday but never notice. I can't for the life of me remember the author's name or even the book, but that concept has stuck with me. What I want to add though is that photography may not make you see things differently, but it will make you look at them longer. We live in a terribly un-contemplative world. Our world never slows down and never notices what's going on around it ... let alone thinks about it.
My four year old son and I recently took our usual trip to the Flint RiverQuarium. However, we did something unusual this time. We took our cameras. My wife is a terrific photographer, but I usually don't take pictures. Honestly, the plan was for my son to take pictures, but he was having so much fun I honestly couldn't control myself and had to bring out the iPhone to join in. We had the best time we've ever had there. If you're interested, here are some of the pictures below.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to the Albany Downtown Sertoma club about my favorite topic: myself. Once a month we have one of our members give a "career talk" to tell about themselves and what they do. It was a real honor to get to present in front of these committed citizens, and I look forward to continuing to aid in their efforts to make our community a better place to work and live. I always like to share the contents of my presentations here on the site. So, for those of you who couldn't make it, take a look at the presentation below.
People have long collected photos out of magazines, pictures, fabric scraps and other inspirations in order to provide the creative spark needed in hobbies and event planning. In these earlier times, people would often use multi-colored thumb tacks to pin tiny inspirations to a cork board that was hanging on a wall in their bedroom, limiting only people who entered the room to see your inspirations. Now, Pinterest has combined collecting images with social media and therefore allows users to see others inspiration and findings and share their's with millions of other Pinterest users.
Pinterest has soared in its membership over the months and many business are profiting from engaging in the site themselves. But before you jump on the pinterest bandwagon, you need to find out if your company would benefit from getting involved with Pinterest. To find this out, the best way is to familiarize yourself with Pinterest users who would be your potential customers. We'll start with the stats of Pinterest.
I joined a gym this week. I had not been in a weight-room in 13 years, so it's not like I'm a workout kind of guy. The thing is my wife has consistently gotten better looking every year we've been married. Seriously! She looks better now than when she was 21. Who does that!? I, on the other hand, have gained 18 pounds in the last three years. So, I figured it was time I start doing my part.
Though it was the word of mouth that sold me, I was still impressed my first time at the gym. I was struck by how thoroughly and confidently they signed me up. I realized that this was not very different form "closing" on an account. I think that with some consideration, we will see that their method of gaining a new member will translate well into our method of adding a new client.