Our designers are remarkable. Our front end team is untouchable. Even though we work scattered across the states, I am happy to show up for work everyday because of them.
This industry has a remarkable power to participate in social good. With my partners, I try to use the skills and resources that I have to help organizations reach their potential. Designers approach problems with a unique perspective, I hope I can lend that perspective to others.
In the span of seven days, I went from presenting design concepts to a room of Managuans to talking about distributed teams to a room of Winnipeggers. In my younger days I often wondered where my career would take me, but it was generally in metaphorical terms. Design, code and WordPress literally took me 3700 miles across the globe in a short week. WordCamp Winnipeg kicked off Friday night at an Argentinian pizza joint. In the … Continue reading →
It’s the night before our return departure from a weeklong business retreat in Nicaragua. I am excited to go home. I always am at the close of these trips – not because they’re not wonderful, but I’m a sucker for missing my wife, son, and stinky pooch. This trip differed from many previous. We do this every quarter, and they’re generally pretty consistent. Where we usually drown in the minutia of spreadsheets, and ponder possible … Continue reading →
Peter has been yammering on and on about Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking Fast & Slow. Rather than read the book, I hit up the Ted talk instead. Kahneman’s examination of the delta between experience and memory is rocking my socks off right now. The video was posted in 2010, so you know I’m right on the cutting edge here. Here’s the gist in case you don’t have time to settle in for a complete viewing. … Continue reading →
The topic of RFPs came up in our local WordPress user group a few weeks ago. They eat up a ton of our time, and more often than not result in absolutely squat. Worse than that, often I get the feeling that we never really had a shot at it in the first place. The evils of the RFP process have been well documented, and I don’t need to beat a dead horse. For context, … Continue reading →
Rob La Gatta has an excellent piece up on Code Poet today that walks through the birth of our support system here at Modern Tribe. It’s a great read. Like Thomas Kinkade and Pablo Picasso before him, success in art is defined by crafting an approach that best connects with your patrons. The most beautiful thing about art, though? When you start with a blank slate, you can take it in any direction you want. … Continue reading →
The first full day of these retreats is always a spreadsheet marathon. I posted teaser shots of beautiful beaches, and surf but in all reality we spent a solid 11 hours with either Quickbooks or Excel open on multiple computers. The grand takeaway from this endeavor – clock your time. Seriously, clock your time. People who clock their time are better than people that don’t do it (here’s looking at you Peter Chester).
I got the opportunity to hit up WordCamp Grand Rapids a few weeks back. Shane and Peter are great at convincing people to tackle new and exciting things that push your comfort zone a bit, for me that means getting out into the community more. I must admit, I’m not much of a conference guy. I’m not naturally a mingler which is the key skill for conference attendance. Mingling, and expectation management. I went to … Continue reading →