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Adventures in Site Building: Dreamweaver versus Muse

As mentioned in my last post, I received an unexpected holiday gift: a new client in need of a web site and social media branding. Now that I had a check in hand and a little money in the bank, I decided I could justify migrating to Creative Cloud, Adobe’s subscription-based service. Through Creative Cloud, … Continue reading

Learning Curves

2012 was a very tough year for most of us. As if the economy itself wasn’t bad enough, natural disasters entered the fray and brought the dismal “recovery” to a complete standstill. Companies that were just beginning to think about spending again got sidelined, either directly or indirectly, by storm damage. The volume of proposals … Continue reading

A kinder, gentler approach to copyright enforcement

As a content creator, I respect the rights of creatives to earn from their work. As noted in my previous posts on the topic, it’s very easy these days to reuse the work of others when digitally distributed. And because it’s easy, people don’t always realize they might be “stealing.” To add to the mess, … Continue reading

You Know More Than You Think You Do

I’VE KNOWN THIS FOREVER. YOU DON’T? When you’ve been in a business for a while, there are things you tend to take for granted. I’ve been in the graphic arts for so long, sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that the whole world has not yet caught on to the idea that ink and … Continue reading

Don’t Steal, But Don’t Get Robbed, Either

We live in a digital age. That has meant trouble for content creators since the internet took off at the turn of the century. Presenting one’s work in a digital format is a double-edged sword: distribution is easy. Too easy. Replication without degradation is a fairly simple process. For that reason, many users are completely … Continue reading

Getty Outta Town

What a difference a week makes! When I put up my first post on this topic, I had already resigned myself to losing a big pile of money just to get this nasty monkey off my back. I felt like a criminal. An unwitting criminal, to be sure, but I did feel oddly guilty. After … Continue reading

Petition to Getty Images for Anti-Small Business Practices

I’ve started a petition against the practice described in my previous post. If you’re angry about what they’re doing, I hope you’ll take a moment to sign: http://www.change.org/petitions/getty-images-stop-shaking-down-small-businesses-for-alleged-copyright-infringement I don’t know if it will help, but I had to say something. Thanks!

Getty Me Outta Here!

This week I learned a valuable lesson at a rather high price. This will never happen to me or any of my clients again. Hopefully, I can help to keep this from happening to you. I have a web site, of course. I started it in 1998, around the time I incorporated my company. Last … Continue reading

Sinking Ships

Back in the early 1990’s, I worked for a type shop called Characters Typographic Services. In case you don’t know, type shops were businesses that consisted of craftspeople who knew how to make the printed word look glorious. We did work for all of the major New York ad agencies: Ammurati & Puris, Lois Pitts, … Continue reading

The Value of Pro Bono

Sometimes you have to say “no.” When you’re a creative and a problem-solver, it’s natural to want to help with your skills. But then, some people start taking advantage and the next thing you know, your paying work is suffering. Or you get cranky and feeling put-upon. However, when you do stuff gratis, YOUR WAY, … Continue reading

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