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  • Conversation Skills Make A Difference

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    Not everyone is a great conversationalist, and even the best have a tough day now and then. Plus, we’ve all had a client that is challenging to talk to. So, what sort of things can you do to make better conversation? Here are four ideas: 1) Be interesting by doing interesting things “Interesting” can be simple or complex.…

  • Defining Reality 

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    For roughly five years, once a month, I had lunch with the same guy on the same day of the month at the same restaurant and at the same booth. Although we never deemed it a “mentor/protege” relationship (Seinfeld, anyone?), it was very much this. I had recently awoken to the fact that I would…

  • The Most Intriguing Social Experiment

    The Most Intriguing Social Experiment

    Last Fall, Justin and I were invited by our good friends David Gould and Joe Cilek to spend 48 hrs in downtown Las Vegas. And not that downtown. The old downtown. The downtown that was vacated throughout the last 40-50 years in favor of the glitz and glam of “The Strip.” In fact, significant portions…

  • Good Beer Makes For Good Creativity

    Good Beer Makes For Good Creativity

    Every year, we try to spice things up here at Rule29 by creating opportunities for collaboration and pushing ourselves out of our creative confines. In past years we’ve had company trips to type museums, hosted competitive gourmet cook-offs, and created a Be In Charge calendar…But this year we wanted to go even further.

  • Design Can Make or Break a Startup

    How Startups Thrive With Good Design

    I’m a firm believer that design can be a game changer for businesses. This is especially true for startups. Great strategic design can be the difference between a startup’s success and failure in the early days of hitting the market. I have seen great ideas struggle and fail initially because they missed the connection from…

  • Sundance as An Exploration of What it Means to Be Human

    Sundance as An Exploration of What it Means to Be Human

    On the heels of the December onslaught of Oscar hopefuls, hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of film lovers gathered last month to celebrate independent film at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.  186 films were tapped to represent the (unofficial) kick-off the 2014 film season and set the stage for a cultural conservation…

  • Do you?

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    We all have times in our careers when we are driven by excitement and passion, and we all have times when work becomes a little more mundane. What is it that makes the difference? All of us can admit to feeling the ebb and flow of this spectrum. When we took our first steps out…

  • Preserving Our Sense Of Place

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    When I graduated from college and returned to my hometown, it was startling how much the place had changed. Familiar landscapes of farm houses and grassy plains had been replaced by car dealerships, superstores, and chain restaurants. Gone were the corn fields and the split-level houses quietly situated on small streets with overgrown trees; now…

  • Thanks is giving

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    As the holiday season rolls around, it’s easy to get caught in the minutia of planning and parties and to forget the significance of why we sit around a table and break bread. After all, Thanksgiving is a day set aside to give thanks. Amidst all of the expensive gifts and extravagant festivities, saying “thank…

  • The Other Side of the Table

    The Other Side of the Table

    One of the more interesting (and sometimes awkward) parts of my job this past year is that I’m now on the other side of the table. I’m now (also) the client. Yes, I’m still the Creative Producer at Rule29. However, last December my wife (Anna) and I decided to open Blackberry Market – a fast-casual…