The HOW Conference. I’m told that if you need to be re-energized in the field of design that it’s the best thing to do. I’m going this year, Steve Gordon is on some panel, and we spoke on the last show about how Armin Vit moved to Austin just to be closer to the action.
I gotta admit, working on this strip kinda brought me down today. Thankfully we had a really great chat with Bryn Mooth of the HOW Empire late this afternoon that we will be turning into podcast happiness to share with all of you sometime tomorrow (Thurs), and that was more than enough to snap me out of my funk. Enjoy!
June 24 – 27, 2009. I will be reporting daily from the HOW Conference in Austin. If you plan on going, let me know, as I’d like to finally meet some of you I know from online interactions. Like Steve, I’m working on a small promotional piece for people who I meet. Not a full-on shirt, as 36 Point likes to go quantity first! And when I run out I plan to hand out 36 Point stickers. Hope to see you there.
In my twitter-life I often seek out advice for my real, independent-professional-designer life in the form of articles and lists linked and retweeted up the mountain that must surely contain the sweet nectar of the divine — new business. Often I am shocked at how valueless these lists are. Not that they all suffer from some massive dearth of actual content, but that the content they share usually has little to do with how to find new clients, or establishing new connections, and falls more along the lines of: 1. You should get some new clients, and 2. You need to establish new connections. As helpful as a 12-year-old may find that advice, to struggling indies it hold little value. But the Twitterverse loves its lists, and so my search goes on.
Then there are advice columns from the Ã¼ber-stars, or mega-designers, or, I don’t know, graphic design world-devourers where the advice seems to be like that of a parent admonishing their child for doing the exact same thing they themselves once did all the time. Like they’ve forgotten what it means to be starting out. It’s easy, they say, just invite the VPs of Marketing from the top four employers in your city to golf at your private country club. Oh yes, I forgot, it is that easy. How silly of us all.
Hey. Logo contests are bad alright? And by bad I mean totally awesome bad. I’ve always felt like there’s some serious untapped potential for mayhem in those, and I feel it’s our duty as professional designer to… wait, I just said “dooty.” LOLZ.
Sorry for a low count on comics this week — my brother was even giving me a hard time about my launch schedule yesterday — planning to get back on track next week. And, for you Reflex Blue Show listeners, we just lined up a great interview for next week’s show that we’re really excited about. Not sure HOW we managed it (wicked-awesome pun win!!), but be sure you tune next Thursday!
Update: If you want to know how I really feel, check out this article on Vossome.com.