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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

Screen Resolution

There’s no point in stressing about things over which we have no control, so I went and had a decent weekend after surrendering my MacBook Pro for up to five days to execute the display repair. I got some other things accomplished at the mall. The weather improved. The head cold that laid me low … Continue reading

Blind Faith: When AppleCare Doesn’t

As one of the longest running Mac users in history, I think it’s safe to say I have some credibility in this arena. My first was the original beige toaster released in 1984, the 128K Macintosh. Steve Jobs’ and Woz’s signatures (along with several others) were embossed inside the case of this first edition. I … 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

On Winning and Not Losing

On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, I took part in a competition for women entrepreneurs called “Make Mine A Million” (“M3”), an annual event sponsored by Count Me In (an organization promoting the success of women entrepreneurs) and OPEN by American Express. The whole idea behind these events is to bring business women together to inspire … 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!

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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