5/17/11

Help Wanted


Always Carry A Paintbrush
Susanne Goldstein has written a how-to book on forging your own career that promises to be this generation's answer to What Color is Your Parachute, the guide for the career-minded that's been on the New York Times Best Seller List since they were printing it on clay tablets.

Carry A Paintbrush offers plainspoken advice that is perfectly attuned to these times of massive social change and permanent disruption to the employment landscape. The world of work has changed, and to survive in that world in the coming decades we are all going to need to be, as Goldstein says, "the artistic director of our own career." That means taking responsibility for the kind of work we want to pursue, understanding the work that will fulfill us, and then taking our career destiny in our own hands to create our own job opportunities.

For anyone in the employment market—and that includes people with jobs, looking for jobs, or thinking about changing jobs—this is a must read. And for students graduating from college $40 grand in debt, this book might just get you out from behind that deadend bartending job. I'm buying one as a graduation gift for every senior I know.

When circumstances paint you into a corner, use this book to paint yourself into a new career.

5/11/11

Identity Design Goes to School


Back to School Night for Bruce Mau

Inspired by the iconic campus building of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Bruce Mau created a new visual identity for the school. The design provides a "window" into the creative activity that takes place on campus, which in turn enables an infinitely flexible framework for presenting the work itself.

Even better, a 2-minute video shows you how its done.

5/10/11

All in a day's work


Communication Arts just published my feature story on Factory Labs, a Denver-based interactive ad agency. You can download the story as a pdf from the Factory Labs website.

5/3/11

Just how fast is greased lightning?


That was fast!
Google gets in touch with its inner gadget guy and sends him to the lab bench to test the speed of its new Chrome Browser. The results are astonishing. In the time it takes to fire a potato through a slicer, hear a tune, or get struck by lightning, Google manages to load a page with a couple million results. And in the process tickle your funny bone. Rube Goldberg would have been proud.