Photo Manipulation: Apparition

she’s not real

Not everything we see is as it appears. There is nothing more deadly than being caught unawares…in the woods…by a beautiful face.

Design: Love it or leave it

What’s the point of continuing otherwise?

If you don’t love it, leave it alone. While this is very good advice, it is also easier said than done. However at some point the quality of your work will be affected by the amount of love you have for the field you are in.

Since I am a graphic designer it’s only fair that I explore it from a designer’s standpoint right? Your creativity as a graphic designer/illustrator/video editor/insert position here/photographer depends on a wide range of things, from your personal morals through to your passion and interests. One thing that will definitely stifle your creativity is whether or not you actually really love your chosen field. In creative fields like this if you aren’t sold on what you’re doing, how can you expect anyone else to buy it? If Einstein wasn’t sure about his theories do you think he would be taught in schools? If Andrew Kramer wasn’t absolutely sure that he was talented do you think you would know who in the world I was talking about? They love/d their respective field so they didn’t have to leave it

That said, we are humans, at times we need to take a second to recharge our batteries in order to reaffirm our love for the things we do. Honestly, if nobody read this blog (I would be hurt but) I would still write because I am talking about my passion. Like I mentioned in “The Passion Of The Designer”, the reason why my business hasn’t gone under yet is because of the amount of passion and love I have for it. “Every day I wake up, I am excited to go to work! This is what keeps me going, what drives me. I love it so much even the learning process is fun [I swear I’m not a nerd……]”.

Ok. How do I know that I love what I do? How will you know if you love what you do? That’s easy, I completed a ten point bullet list of why I love designing. You can take it and apply it to your current job to see if you actually love what you’re doing or if your sanity depends on you leaving that job you are in to pursue other objectives in the future.

  • I look forward to going to work each day.
  • I feel happy thinking about designing.
  • I get excited when telling friends and family about the work I do.
  • I engage complete strangers in design related conversations.
  • When I’m not working I feel as if something is missing.
  • I actually spend hours reading about design related documents.
  • I forget to take breaks when I’m working.
  • I would continue designing even if I wasn’t getting paid to do it. (Yes, I’m serious).
  • The  good far outweighs the bad.
  • Oddly enough, a day at work isn’t draining for me.

If you find yourself going “Hey, me too!” to all the items on the preceding list, then my friend you are a nerd. Oh wait, wrong post, I meant to say you are indeed happy in your current job (which I hope is a good thing). But if you don’t love it, then there is only one thing to do….leave it, just be wise about it.

Persuasion is an Art: Master it! (Part 7)

This is the seventh part in a ten part series of mini articles about persuasion and the mastering of the art. If you were unfortunate enough to miss the first article, you can find it here.

Use “We”

Ok, I’d really like to know who commissioned this study but there have been studies which show that you if you use the word ‘we’ it is a sort of assurance which persuades individuals to make compromises. Seriously? You had to do a study for that?

Anyone who has been in sales or marketing for more than a week knows that if you are pitching anyone you would use we in order to let them know that you are taking on the project not simply as a contractor, but that you are adopting the project as your own. In essence you are telling them that you belong to the group and support their cause.

Basically, when you utilize this option you are telling your prospect, “Hey, let’s work through this together and see what we can achieve.” Sounds much better than “Here’s what I will do and then you can do this.” Doesn’t it?

Persuasion is an Art: Master it! (Part 6)

This is the sixth part in a ten part series of mini articles about persuasion and the mastering of the art. If you were unfortunate enough to miss the first article, you can find it here.

Make Them Laugh

I know you’ve heard in the movies when they say if you can make a girl laugh you can make her do anything….or something along that line. Yes you’re in the right place and no I will not be talking about the complications of love. That same effect that laughing is said to have on persons of the opposite sex, is the same effect that it has on clients (usually).

If you are looking to be more persuasive when selling your concepts, work on that sense of humour. Did you know that if you can get a person to laugh along with you, they like you better and this will then cause them to be more receptive to your awesome ideas?

It is also of interest to note that if you can get a person to laugh at a particular point you make, they are actually giving that point a sense of validity. It is said that persons only laugh at things when they are able to identify with them.

So, if you are an uptight person, try to relax a bit, it not only helps with pitches but also interviews, I rarely do them, but when I do I guarantee I will get the interviewer to laugh, which then allows me to take control of the interview and steer it down a path of my choosing. It is the same with pitches.

In conclusion, laughter really is the best medicine. Prescribe some to your clients today.

Embrace Change (An Emancipation Day Message)

This is a video I created for emancipation day. The message is simple, “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” Happy Emancipation day to one and all.


Music: Redemption Song