Back for the first time in two weeks and …what? I drop the worst Panel One layout of all time? I apologize. I really don’t know what I was thinking. Marie has a head the size of a watermelon and it just doesn’t fit there.
I’ve been managing my Twitter space lately, relegating some friends to a more personal experience on Facebook, because let’s be honest: I don’t care where you are or what you are the mayor of, or what you think of what almost any celebrity or random twitter whore social media expert says. It’s been cathartic. I think of this process as cleaning up a messy desk that you just let get out of control. At one time you were sure you had a use for all of this crap on your desk, but now it has just become an unmanageable mess that saps the energy from you instead of delivering it to you. My newer, leaner Twitter follows make my life easier to live. If I don’t catch you there, though, there’s always Facebook, where I promise I’m totally not hiding your updates.
Now, if I may be done pissing into the wind, you may follow Conrad’s words of wisdom here.
Shel was speaking at the Creative Freelancer Conference, as he consults with creatives on all of the aspects of running a creative studio – but the talent itself. We speak of his involvement on the AIGA National Board, where he helped start up the AIGA Center for Practice Management.
We also spend time talking about his recently updated book, Talent Is Not Enough: Business Secrets For Designers. We always talk about the parts of running a design shop that don’t include the designing itself – and Shel is the one who knows best. It was a fun, and informative chat. Enjoy.
We speak a bit about the design empire that is the HOW brand both online and off with three of the people who make the brand what it is: (pictured left to right) Bridgid McCarren (HOW art director), Amy Owen (HOW Books managing editor) and Jessica Kuhn (HOW associate/online editor).
We also chat about what HOW has coming up, and about the conference itself. Enjoy – and we’ll be back next week with Shel Perkins of Shel Perkins & Associates.
Tequila Slurpees and A Trek to the Denver Art Museum: How I Added Two New Matches To My Concept MatchboxJune 15th, 2010 | by Guest Author
By Steph Doyle
Images by Nicholas Nawroth & Kelly Parke
This year’s HOW design conference was a bit different for me than past design conferences, as I actually decided to experience some the host city’s cultural offerings. And I don’t mean from the inside of a restaurant or bar. Well, at least that was my intention.
On Monday, day 2 of the conference, the morning started out with an inspirational presentation given by my colleague and friend, Von Glitschka. The session was entitled, “Creating 5-Alarm Concepts” and used the metaphor of collecting matches. Not two things that are alike, but the sticks you use to start a fire. The matches are symbolic of the life experiences that we intentionally or accidently go through, and how we can translate those experiences into 5-alarm creative concepts for use in daily problem solving. Click the link above to download Von’s awesome presentation.
Back from HOW in Denver, and the world is a different place to me. At some point I will properly recap my experience, which, due to our enhanced access as MEDIA (badges that got play, by the way) I am sure differs somewhat from the average conference goers’. Suffice it to say, it was life-changing, which I previously did not believe a professional conference would be capable of doing.
The other thing the HOW Conference excelled at was damn-near killing me. Seriously. Marines, after months of training, learn how to push their tired aside and operate in spite of it. I think I got some taste of that during the Denver Conference. Even Bryn Mooth, Queen of HOW and perpetual motion machine, was seen slightly dimmed by the fifth day. I say slightly because if you could bottle Byrn Mooth and sell it you could power Moscow for a month.
So when I returned to life normal here in Omaha, I found myself, as did many of my new Facebook and Twitter friends, both uncommonly motivated and completely destroyed. The comic wrote itself even before I had left Colorado, but it took me until today to create it. It’s Monday, and I got back late Wednesday. That’s how long it took me to recover, and I’m still a little weak in the knees.