Too cool. London.

This is so London. I think this is the best thing I have seen in a while.

 

LIVE THROUGH THIS AND YOU WON’T LOOK BACK: Dispatch 1.3

What we do for money.

How can you balance the desire for money with integrity, honesty and peace of mind. What would you do for money? What kind of projects would you do for money?

This is a loaded topic. If you work at an agency, you probably have no choice.

We only take projects that align with our skillset, our interests and client relationships. We are in a fortunate position in this way and I feel blessed to have the luxury. Could we make more money being shady and dishonest? Definitely! Would we? Nope.

The thought makes me ill.

I read today that the PR agency Ketchum is doing work for the Russian government. There are a few highly paid lobbyists in Washington that work on behalf of the Russians too. It is akin to working for the Third Reich. Would I accept huge amounts of cash to do the same? It could mean a vacation home in the Hamptons, or a new Mercedes-Benz S63. Would you do it, playa?

I would rather be able to sleep at night and be proud of what I do. The aforementioned are despicable human beings and Americans.

Honor and integrity above all. You can charge for work that is honorable. Really.

 

 

 

 

LIVE THROUGH THIS AND YOU WON’T LOOK BACK: Dispatch 1.2

I recall web “design standards” in the beginning. I could not believe it. How could someone have the audacity, rather – the gall – to apply standards to a medium that was less than a few years old at the time. There was a guy – anyone who has been in the business long enough knows who I am talking about – especially if you worked at Ogilvy – who would rail against large images, graphic text, anything that did not look like garbage basically. He is now running a company “evidence based usability”…whatever. People love things that sound “important”. That said, I am sure he is very nice. I just don’t like being told what to do.

The web is moving quickly. It’s actually running as I write this. Design is becoming more integrated into actual coding (like responsive design).

How could you apply “design standards” to something like this? It is ridiculous. It’s as if someone said. “All you can do with tomatoes is to cut them thusly, apply salt, and serve. This is evidence based eating, it is how people interact with a tomato”

Anyway, things like this obviously annoy me. They stifle innovation. They make designers and programmers and business owners afraid to take risks. Afraid to offend or God forbid – have some person not click on “buy now” on their site. Or even worse, abandon the site. My feeling is that if someone is not interested, it does not matter what the design looks like or how it is built.

Principles of type, layout and design have been around for hundreds of years. They are still evolving. Every day. Why can’t web design standards evolve. To codify them at such an early stage is folly. Websites live and die everyday. The good ones, the good functionality quickly becomes pervasive. Like responsive design that takes down to mobile.

 

Song of the day: June 23, 2014

This song is super cool, very throwback to the 1960′s – but better. I like music that takes me to places far away. This does it (for me)….while this may not be deep design music, it is certainly busy music for creative energy.  #ukraine, #donbass, #ceasefire

The Brian Jonestown Massacre –  Memory Camp