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    • Story Makes the Whiskey Go Around

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      Recently I had an opportunity to holiday in Scotland and visit some of my favorite whiskey distilleries with some of my favorite people. We visited the Speyside region (located appropriately along the Spey river), whose distilleries tend to produce a smoother, less peaty/smoky scotch than you might experience from the Islay region per say. (For those non-whisky drinkers or wanting…

    • 5 Things That Help Grow Your Design Business

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      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…

    • Exploring Good Culture

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      In the last blog post, I explained “why” culture is important to your company. (If you haven’t read it yet, make sure you catch up!) To summarize, I would like to challenge you to think about culture as something other than the physical output you see (such as a fancy, cool office or an hip…

    • The Importance of Understanding Culture

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      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…

    • Nicolas Cage and Brand Identity

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      I want to talk about Nicolas Cage if you will indulge me. I know that as soon as some people read that first sentence, they will close this window and go back to that Buzzfeed article they’ve been wanting to read. If you’re still with us, thank you. We’re experiencing an interesting trend in the…

    • Take Time to Celebrate & Dream

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      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…

    • 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…

    • Design Can Make or Break a Startup

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      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…

    • The Other Side of the Table

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      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…