If you have to tell

10 December 2012   //     Comments Off   //   design, posters, thought provoking


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Not that I had anything else to do this afternoon… But when my pal Pam Lewis tweeted that quote today, it hit me right in the AMEN spot.

“BAM” I replied. At which point Pam challenged me to turn it into a poster. So I did.

Now go do something awesome and let your work speak for itself. It’s the loudest, truest voice out there. Gold star for you!


How To Public Speaking

10 August 2012   //     1 comment   //   announcing, media, thought provoking


Have you all heard of Ignite? An Ignite evening is made up of short talks on interesting subjects. Each speaker has 5 minutes (and 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds) to tell you about something they’re passionate about. Here in Charlotte, we’re getting ready for Ignite Charlotte 5 and I’m honored to be one of the speakers! I’ll be giving you tips on How To Get Pretty Much Anyone To Do Pretty Much Anything.

I’m launching the battle early with my ENFP inclinations, and making myself begin working on my talk now in the hopes of finishing strong and avoiding stage shame. Part of my early work is hanging out watching other people’s successful and less successful Ignite talks. I figure if I can watch what enough people do right and what enough people do wrong, I can make sure I’m in the “right” category. But I can also easily get carried away with this “research” and forget that writing and practicing the talk is really what I need to be doing.

So I jumped over to Facebook for one last hit before I got down to business and started writing. And then I stumbled upon this. And it’s exactly what I needed. Ze Frank giving us an honest (yet still funny) batch of public speaking tips. If you ever have to stand up and speak publicly, I recommend watching this video right here. It’s brilliant.

Once you watch it, however. Get to work! That talk isn’t going to write itself.

Hope I see you at Ignite Charlotte on September 25 at the Neighborhood Theatre. You can RSVP (it’s free) starting August 25.

Wish me luck!

(Thanks for sharing, Celeste!
And here’s a link in case the embedded video doesn’t work for you.)


Branding the Presidents

10 August 2012   //     2 comments   //   clever, design, history, thought provoking

Here’s a cool personal project from designer Meg Jannot – a Tumblr called Branding the Presidents. She’s designing each of the 44 presidents over the course of 44 days. A great exercise for any designer, and especially great for this breathless, rough-and-tumble election year. Nice work Meg!

I especially love how different they all are. Here are a few highlights. Click here to see the whole set on Tumblr. Which ones are your favorites?

Thanks Ilina!


not even geniuses

09 February 2011   //     2 comments   //   design, thought provoking

I saw this quote on an Instagram image from the lovely Maile Wilson. It spoke to me. So I designed it.


color career counselor

30 March 2010   //     13 comments   //   color, thought provoking

Found this amazing quiz over at How About Orange today. It is utter witchcraft, I tell you.

You pick the colors you like (and don’t like), and it tells you what career you should have. And it works! So much so that it completely picked up on my inner Aries/Taurus chaos by suggesting that I am first a Creator and second an Organizer. (Hello Right Brain? Meet Left Brain. Now be friends.)

What should you be when you grow up? Take the test and let me know!

PS. It doesn’t appear to like Safari, but Firefox worked great.

(Thanks Jessica!)


mom 2.0: defining a movement

28 January 2010   //     2 comments   //   announcing, conferences, happy, thought provoking, video

(Can’t see the video? Try this link.)

The brilliant and beautiful Katherine Center has done it again. This time in the form of a video addressing the statement Mom 2.0: Defining a Movement.

I can’t wait to see Katherine in Houston next month at the Mom 2.0 Summit. I feel like time spent with her, regardless of what we’re doing, is quality time. Do you know people like that? I’m lucky to.

Speaking of Mom 2.0 Summit, have you registered yet? Please do. I promise you won’t regret it.


how to build a lasting relationship

25 January 2010   //     4 comments   //   advertising, clever, thought provoking


Mine Yours Ours

Utterly, breathtakingly brilliant.

(Originally found via ReflectionOf.Me. Linked here from Ads of the World.)


what type are you?

19 January 2010   //     6 comments   //   clever, design, thought provoking, type

This quiz from the mighty Pentagram has been cruising speedily around the interwebs, so if you’ve already done it, please share your type with us in the comments.

If you haven’t, turn your speakers on and go find out what type you are. Then come back and tell us. (Edited to add: password is Character)

I’m Van Doesburg. A creatively structural typeface designed by Theo Van Doesburg, an architect from the De Stijl era.

(Thanks Debbie!)


picturing the past 10 years

05 January 2010   //     Comments Off   //   clever, design, history, media, thought provoking

Phillip Niemeyer has created a fantastic chart for the New York Times depicting trends of the past 10 years.

The above is just a sample of highlights of the O’s, but the whole chart is an interesting walk down the memory lanes of our love, concerns, moods and fears.

See the full chart here.

(Thanks Crystal!)


before i die

10 December 2009   //     1 comment   //   thought provoking

Hip Old Lady
Sesame Street
Nothing More

Saw this in the Photojojo newsletter today. Isn’t it fantastic? What would yours say?

See the whole project here.