Your big moment is here. You run into a huge potential client in passing at an airport. You've got five to ten seconds to get their attention. What type of question do you ask to clearly engage them with you? Recently, I listened to a terrific Tim Ferris podcast episode where Tim answered some of … Continue reading Your Big Moment: Ask Interesting Questions
We’ve all been there. Whether we are going into a store, shopping online, or calling customer service, there is always the starting point. The gatekeeper, also known as the sales associate, the receptionist, the phone support, or the online “welcome” message as you log into your favorite online site, is critical to the consumer buying … Continue reading The Most Important Role To Get Right In The Consumer Buying Lifecycle
As creatives, we always want to be doing work we love. It's how we keep the creative spark to keep sharing our gifts with the world. I finished reading Seth Godin's book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Here are several key takeaways from the book: If you want to do work that you love, then you … Continue reading [Book Review] Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
When creating a product that really makes an impact, you need to take your time. Many companies try to rush releasing a new product or campaign without thinking it through. Many times these are based on feedback received from customers. However, not all feedback is considered good. Many times, you have to dig deeper with … Continue reading Be Methodical In Asking Questions
We work on brands. Our brands change and transform people's lives, hopefully for noble causes. That's the zoomed out vision that we have to remember as we design campaigns for new products: from the eblast to the digital advertising to the messaging and the story—all of these touch points matter. As designers, when we say … Continue reading Live Up To Expectations
Nowadays, we have pressure on us to fit this image of being a jack-of-all trades. For example, if you are creative, some organizations expect you to be a mediocre designer, videographer, print designer and more. Now, it’s easy to fall into this trap, however you will not be able to advance in your career and … Continue reading How to Stand Out as a Creative Among the Noise
Everyone has an agenda. This can be applied to organizations as well, including departments. As a designer, to maximize your projects, you need to be able to understand the agendas of other departments in your organization, not just yours. As those of us strive to become Art Directors or Project Managers, knowing the agendas of … Continue reading Understanding Organizational Agendas To Maximize Results
I've never been a fan of Valentine's Day. Even when I've been in relationships I have never been thrilled by this holiday. It's always some sort of forced obligation of one partner to buy their significant other flowers (usually, a dozen roses), spend a ton of money at a fancy restaurant, and pick out a romantic … Continue reading Overcoming the obligated good deeds holiday aka Valentine’s Day
What you need to do is conduct research and do testing in order to have solid data before you create your designs. Yes, this needs to take place before the design process and throughout the whole project lifecycle, including during the design process. UX testing suggestions I did UX testing for our B2B website … Continue reading Ok, so I understand that UX is important. What’s next?
We want the work that we do to mean something. In order for our work to have meaning, we have to really make products or services that add value and change people’s lives for the better, that do good in the world. That’s the vision of the future that we strive for. Hopefully, the … Continue reading Disrupt Your Business: Think Like an Entrepreneur