Technology isn’t going to solve all our problems, just ask Johnny Depp

A couple of weeks ago I watched Johnny Depp’s new movie Transcendence – spoiler alert: it’s a love story (kind of) – and found the issues the movie touched on quite intriguing. A lot of it focused on people’s reliance on technology and how it was suppose to give us all the answers to life. … Continue reading Technology isn’t going to solve all our problems, just ask Johnny Depp

Data isn’t everything – let’s balance it with common sense

I love visualizations, data, and information and finding creative ways to turn it into something interesting and useful. It’s a great way to take advantage of the analytical and creative sides of the brain. At the same time, I’m quite aware that even if the world is becoming more visual and addicted to stats and … Continue reading Data isn’t everything – let’s balance it with common sense

Does your “position” pass the evelvator test?

Positioning seems to be one of most elusive ‘components’ in business. The idea seems basic enough -creating a “position” in a prospective customer’s mind – yet there’s plenty of ideas as to how to go about it. While Jack Trout and Al Ries bible on positioning is one that I usually turn to, I found … Continue reading Does your “position” pass the evelvator test?

There’s an underlying stink to great design

I recently wrote about the great talent in the Communication Arts 2013 Illustration Annual highlighting three examples of my favorite work. Aside from the talented artists, the magazine features up and coming (or already well-established) freelancers, agencies, and organizations pushing the boundaries of visual communication in the digital, advertising, or marketing space. Two agencies caught … Continue reading There’s an underlying stink to great design

I’m not an illustrator but I can appreciate great work

Illustration and drawing is a skill set that I’ve always find challenging despite years and years of training – I vividly remember the “tree” I drew when I was 12-years old that distinctly looked more like some kind of dwarf alien with with extremely long tentacles. I’ve come to the realization that I’m more of … Continue reading I’m not an illustrator but I can appreciate great work

Crossing the Chasm – do you know your audience as much as your product?

One of the best ways to see if an idea has actually worked is to revisit past theories, thoughts, and concepts. Considered to be the bible of high-tech marketing in the 1990’s, Geoffrey A. Moore’s “Crossing the Chasm” is full of insight that have played out through the 90’s, the 00’s and now even into … Continue reading Crossing the Chasm – do you know your audience as much as your product?

Infographics: the gourmet or fast food version?

Great cuisine is an art form with a purpose – to make us feel good and full. I had this amazing dessert in a Les Oliviers in the South of France over the Christmas holidays. It’s made of pineapple, passion fruit, cream, sugar and probably plenty of other ingredients – each of them are simple … Continue reading Infographics: the gourmet or fast food version?

The mEdium is the mEssage

I took this photo just around the corner from where I live. Graffiti like this is a common sight in most cities and all are communicating a message – in some cases one that the general public can understand or in other cases targeted to a specific audience. Aside from the message, there are a … Continue reading The mEdium is the mEssage

Whether it’s print or interactive, A is for Action

Every couple of months Communication Arts comes out with their annual on advertising, photography, design, and interactive. It’s always a visual feast flipping through the Annuals and my jaw drops when I see all the creativity that comes from each book. WhileI’m normally not a big fan of the Interactive Annual, probably because it takes … Continue reading Whether it’s print or interactive, A is for Action

Cities are good for you

World Habitat Day happens the first Monday of every October and it’s a day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities. It’s also a time to remind the world that we all have responsibility in shaping the future of our cities and towns. FYI, this year’s focus is on Urban Mobility – … Continue reading Cities are good for you