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    • 5 Things That Help Grow Your Design Business

      Let’s just start here…running a business can be hard. For those running a business, especially a creative one, there is no shortage of nuances that uniquely challenge us, not to mention the usual things to stay on top of, plan for, and promote. With today’s disruptive environment, you need to pay attention to the pillars…

    • What is your “Africa”?

      No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. —Charles Dickens The first time I stepped off the plane in Ethiopia, I suddenly and dramatically realized the world was a lot different than I had thought during my first thirty-six years on this earth. That might sound obvious, but for me…

    • Design for Good: Is It Too Much?

      I recently attended a conference where a well-known speaker said he didn’t believe design could change the world. Although he thinks design has the potential for great influence, he suggested that perhaps the “design for good” believers should take a log off the fire. He said the expectation to feel responsible for changing the world…

    • Design as Persuasive Art

      A friend much wiser and smarter than I once told me that design is a “persuasive art.” He explained that, while art inspires behavior, design intends to change it. Although my dear friend is probably not the first to make this assertion, his observation caught me by surprise. I couldn’t deny that it was true…

    • The Importance of Understanding Culture

      We can get inspired; we can learn how to upgrade our skills—but if we are not in the right culture, or helping to create the right culture, we are missing out on our best work opportunities. Culture is an important component of any company; in fact, I would argue that it may be the most…

    • Take Time to Celebrate & Dream

      No matter what position you hold at the company you’re with, taking time to celebrate the past and dream about the future should be a yearly ritual for your career. Due to life, deadlines, and the pace of our days, many of us often fall into the routine of looking forward to the next holiday…

    • Design Can Make or Break a Startup

      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…

    • Preserving Our Sense Of Place

      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…

    • 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…

    • A Move Back to Analog Viewing: InstaThis

      Have a few thousand photos sitting on your phone and/or computer? The problem with the ease of mobile photography is just this… photos sitting on your device. This past Christmas season, Rule29 helped launch a new collaborative project called InstaThis, a new streamlined service that connects directly to your Instagram photos and creates stunning prints on…