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Information Architects

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Oliver Reichenstein’s Information Architects is probably one of the world’s most highly respected digital design agencies. With an impressive portfolio and a tendency to be among those who set the agenda when it comes to the most interesting design tre…


Google Ventures

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Google Ventures got a beautiful new site a little while back. The fact that they fixed the header in the background is probably my favorite part of this site. The site was designed by the Google Ventures design studio. Via Dribbble.



Monday, June 11th, 2012

Everyone’s favorite digital design/dev studio Weightshift’s recent redesign is a beauty. No surprises there. Make sure to check out their body of work and the blog. So gorgeous.



Monday, June 11th, 2012

I’m really digging what Postmates have done with their landing page. It’s a difficult service to sell/explain, but in my humble opinion this is a very good attempt. It also stands out from the massive crowd of iPhone app teaser sites.



Monday, June 11th, 2012

Notwerk is a new web app with a superb pixel perfect teaser page. Just click the “Read the brief” button at the bottom of the screen and you’ll see what I mean. I think the super clean layout and the small, but well designed, info area works extremely …


How To Reclaim Your Attention

Friday, February 24th, 2012

“The world wants that attention. Only you can decide where it goes… what you pay attention to becomes your reality.”

Awhile back, I (a bit ironically perhaps) tweeted this message:
“Consider what you give your attention to each day. It’s a …


The Myth Of The ‘Brand New Innovation’ Myth

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

“In my experience there is no single specific behavioral trait, methodological approach, or carefully-selected set of contextual factors that guarantees success in the ability to think differently and translate that thinking into success in the marke…


7 Lessons From Artists

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

“You cannot truly create something great unless you are willing to share your most tender, most vulnerable thoughts and feelings.”

“The fact is, when you’re given total permission to get in there, be messy, use your intuition and make mistakes,…


The Elements For Induced Brainstorms

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

For the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China wanted to ensure rain storms took place where and when they want them to… That did NOT include the opening ceremony.

So, the Weather Modification Department in China seeded approaching clouds with activator…


Are We Living In A Post-CEO World?

Friday, February 17th, 2012

In a complex business environment, innovative companies must move from a guru model to one based on team leadership.

This is a particularly timely question, and not just because I pose it not long after the loss of tech pioneer and visionary Steve Jo…


The Little Guide to Inspiration

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”—Jack London

“Too often we miss beautiful sources of inspiration, because we’re too busy thinking about other things.”

We all have days when we’re just not very in…


Are You Multi-Talented But Under-Challenged?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

“Your strengths are not what you are good at and your weaknesses are not what you are bad at…. a weakness is any activity that leaves you feeling weaker after you do it… a strength—your strengths—are any activity that make you feel strong.”…


5 Tips To Help You Maximize Your Business Profits

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Most small and solo business owners don’t begin to see the profit potential in their business. If you own a small or solo business, I’m sure you had a big dream when you started. You may have seen a life of doing what you enjoy with no boss telling you…


What Draws Your Clients Closer?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

What “Weenie” Draws Your Customers Closer? ‘Imagineer’ Jargon: “Weenie”


Weenie — Walt Disney’s playful term for a visual element that could be used to draw people into and around a space.

According to Disney Ima…


4 Simple Principles Of Getting To Completion

Friday, February 10th, 2012

“If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.”—Wu-Men

When I hear about a great idea that a friend has, I get excited. I can’t wait to see that idea become reality.

Then I ask about the idea …


The Five Fears of Negotiating Design Fees

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A few weeks ago I led a negotiation seminar with my colleague Charles Wiggins, who was my negotiation coach back in 1998. We hired him to improve The Leonhardt Group’s ability to bargain with large corporate clients. The Monday after the sessions one…


Your Laptop Is A Productivity Black Hole

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

When was the last time you lived without your computer?

A couple of weeks ago, my MacBookPro started acting up. The audio was freezing intermittently, which would cause the whole computer to lock up. As you can imagine, this was not helpful for runni…


Use Your Smartphone To Remind You Of Your Dreams

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

What do you do when you want something? When you have a goal, how do you remind yourself of it?

My friend owns a Yoga retreat, and once a month (at the full moon) she throws a potluck party. It is a gathering of friends with a purpose; to set their in…


Stepping Into Your Brilliance Zone

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

What is your “brilliance zone”?

The best way to answer this question is to list some of the aspects that exist when you are in your brilliance zone.

My hope is that as you read these aspects, you’ll get their meaning on a deep level—one that …


Be Ready For That Opportunity

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

“We must not allow any opportunity to go unutilized, because it may be the only opportunity we may ever be presented with.

The secret of success is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. There would always be opportunities that w…


The Existential Key In Handling Toxic Criticism

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Today’s is the second episode in a series called ‘Handling Toxic Criticism’.

In this series we look at the terrible toll that criticism takes, how it interferes with your ability to live your life purpose, and what you can do to reduce the effe…


You May Be Wrecking Your Own Innovation

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Innovative ideas—the kind that can transform your company – are inadvertently being demolished. When first presented, many ideas meet wrecking-ball comments such as…
“How’s that going to work?”“Good luck getting that done!”“We don’t…


9 Unconventional Tips For A ‘Very Small’ Business

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

For more than ten years I’ve operated a string of one-man businesses. My model is: keep it lean, hire no one, and outsource very little. I’ve made my share of mistakes (a long list!), but one thing has remained constant—I want to add extreme valu…


Introducing Toxic Criticism

Monday, January 30th, 2012

In this series, adapted from my book ‘Toxic Criticism’, we examine the ways that criticism and self-criticism interfere with our ability to find our life purpose and live as strongly, passionately, and effectively as we would like to live.



Marketing Lessons from School Lunch

Friday, January 27th, 2012

“If you can successfully promote sloppy joe sandwiches, you can perform marketing for anything!”, that was my motto, early in my career, as marketing director for a food service company.

We were hired to manage the school district’s food progra…


Why You Should Celebrate Your Mistakes

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

When you make a mistake, big or small, cherish it like it’s the most precious thing in the world. Because in some ways, it is.

Most of us feel bad when we make mistakes, beat ourselves up about it, feel like failures, get mad at ourselves.

And that…


The Gift of the Amateur

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Wanting our inspirations to be fully formed from the start is like expecting a new-born baby to get up and walk… There is a myth about the creative soul that if you don’t feel inspired, you don’t have it.

Leonardo da Vinci claimed he saw all hi…


Upgrade Your Brain’s RAM With A Journal

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The first and best tip I can offer to anyone wanting to be more creative and innovative is to start carrying an ‘Idea Journal’… Something to write your ideas on 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

This could take any form, ranging from 3×5 cards tucked …


How Not To Hurry

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”—Lao Tzu

Consider the above quote from Lao Tzu, (perhaps mythical) father of Taoism: how can it be true? Is it possible to never hurry, but to get everything done?

It seems contradictory …


Creative Business Is About Self-Respect

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

“When you layer onto your creative business all of the things you and it are not, you are expressing your irrational fear that what YOU do is not enough. Same goes for your business process. Any creative business that does things the way everyone els…


An Important Time for Design

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Cameron Koczon calls on designers: “We have a new purpose: elevate design and help change the world. Let’s talk about how to do that.”


Does your startup need a designer co‑founder?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Enrique Allen runs down the characteristics of designer founders, scenarios where design is particularly important, and how to spot designer founders in the wild.


Four Simple Steps of Relationship-Based Selling

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The best way to make sales is to keep the process very simple. In recent years, Internet marketers present the newest, hottest ways to market as if they just “cracked the code” to creating millions. The bells and whistles sound cool, but don’t let …


Pain, Suffering And Developing Creativity

Friday, January 13th, 2012

“I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?”—Refrigerator magnet from

“Suffering is justified as soon as it becomes the raw material of beauty.”—Jean-Paul Sartre

The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and…


Reinvent To Stay Relevant

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

New York-based comedian Demetri Martin had a show called ‘Important Things With Demetri Martin’. It aired on Comedy Central at 10:30 pm.

In each half-hour episode, Martin explores a single topic… Brains, Power, Timing, Coolness. He fills the ti…


Unraveled? Knit Yourself and the World Together

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Have you ever looked into the mirror and wondered who is staring back at you? Or longed to unite the many parts within you? The friendly one, the angry one, the resentful one, the sad one, the calm one, the impatient one, the confused one—that are al…


Staying Healthy While Working In An Office

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Freelance writing, as an occupation, has its own dangers for health, as does any other occupation. In terms of health problems, they are equivalent to those of most office jobs. Let’s talk about some of these.

You know, when I started researching fo…


10 Creative Myths

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Over the years, I have heard a lot of people say a lot of daft things about creativity. Some of those things, I hear again and again. What’s worse, a lot these daft notions—or myths—about creativity are detrimental to the creative process. So, le…


Simple Method Of Getting To The Root Of A Problem

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Remember as a child—or perhaps you have a child at home – when asking one question, it often leads to a string of additional questions? How come? Why? Why is that?

This is simply a way of trying to understand the root answer, the root cause. As ad…


Make The Most Of The Fresh Start Of A New Year

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”—Buddha

We’re several days into the New Year, and many of us are still basking in the glow of a fresh start. Every year, January brings renewed optimism for change, for a …