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Transition out of design Apr 16, 13, 9:34 p.m.
While I love being hands on with design recently I've found myself dreading actually doing the work. After multiple rounds of pitches, approvals of concepts and wires, and the ol' push and pull I find myself saying "fuck, after all that I have to now get this shit done!" I'm starting to really enjoy selling the concepts and talking through and explaining the desired results more than directing/executing the project(s).
I think I'm also getting frustrated with the people, who are often in these meetings, who don't have to go do all the work - just sitting around emailing and speaking with clients all day - prolly making a similar salary too. Am I turning into an account guy, am I morphing into sales, or am I just evolving in my career to a level where I should focus exclusively on the concept and be removed from the production that I used to love so much? Almost like I either want to be completely hands on or totally hands off - bit of a crossroads here.
Negotiating a Bonus Nov 9, 12, 6:40 a.m.
Salary negotiating question here - need advice. Had a final meeting with a CEO and when talking about salary I gave my figure and it was stated that the budget for the role is only x but he will provide the remainder in 2 separate "bonus" installments after the first and second 6 months.
The VP, who is my primary contact and is new (so is the CEO), stated that they will not put this "bonus" in writing (offer letter) because of creative accounting they will simply pull the money from a separate budget. I know a few people who work there who have said that other people, from the old regime, were offered a similar deal and were denied their bonus when it came time.
I'm thinking that with this new regime they will honor this gentleman's hand shake agreement but I'm still a bit uncertain thinking that in 6 months I will get the ol' "oh we're sorry but we just don't have the budget for this"
Thoughts on how to handle as this is a fantastic opportunity but I don't want to get duped.
Leah Plante Oct 12, 12, 12:58 p.m.
“Today is October 10th, 2012, and I am ready to go to prison,” announced 24-year-old Leah-Lynn Plante yesterday. By Thursday morning, the Portland activist was in custody and could remain incarcerated in a U.S. federal prison for 18 months, although she has not been charged with a crime.
Chop suey lettering Jun 24, 12, 9:38 a.m.
Jeff Yang, who writes the Tao Jones columnist for the Wall Street Journal Online, observed earlier this week that FreshDirect sent an email promoting a new line of "quick and easy" food options, Stir Fry Kits. And, apparently in an attempt to make it more authentically Asian, "Stir Fry Kits" is written in what Yang calls that "cliche fake-brushstroke 'oriental' typeface that reflexively causes many Asians to cringe," which is called "chop suey lettering" while "Dumplings" is written in what's known as "chopsticks lettering."
Yang's friend had emailed FreshDirect to complain about their "unfortunate use of stereotypical typography" and how she was “disappointed by the laziness of using an outdated and unimaginative font in the logos to advertise the ‘Orientalness’ of the cuisine." From Yang:
Streaming live NYC events Jun 15, 12, 6:51 p.m.
I'm part of a Brooklyn based start up that's streaming live events and performances in the city. We're in public beta and right now only providing streams to be purchased in US and Canada but we have a bunch of free streams of different NYC spots.
We're testing an event tonight - Friday Night Poetry Slam at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the LES. If you're not doing anything check it out - https://beta.gander.tv/event/fri…
It's amazing to be working within this streaming universe, so many moving parts, so many devices to test, so many use cases to design for. Have a look at the site and if you see any bugs anywhere or anything let me know.
We spend all day designing, coding, and then spend nights testing the streams from venues
Here's an example of a Bulgarian Bar on Ludlow - crazy place - https://beta.gander.tv/venue/meh…