Be careful what you say to your kids, folks.

If you have a son, watch this:

If you have a daughter, watch this:

The Art of the Done List: Harnessing the Power of Progress

Instead of starting a consulting appointment with "Did you get your stuff done?", I asked, "How’s your day going?". He quickly rattled off 4 quick projects that he had completed and mentioned that he felt better having them gone. He had a noticeable positive energy around him and was excited to talk about some really big projects that were stuck.

The focus on what was “done” gave us a great platform for discussing what we were going to “do”. If we ever only focus on the to-do list, we never get a chance to feel the accomplishment, give a high-five, or learn from a mistake. We get stuck in the rut and tasks keep piling up.

This article talks about creating a “done list” every day. I don’t do it exactly the way this describes (and wouldn’t expect any of you to either), but the general concept is very strong and it helps me personally. I use notecards and task-lists that are paper-based. I feel joy when I place them in my recycling bin having crossed them off, completed them, tore them into shreds, etc. I keep the recycling bin next to my desk and at any given time I can look to my right and say, “Damn. I do a lot of stuff!”

This is a pretty quick read for anyone interested. Try it out and see if it motivates you. 

http://99u.com/articles/24875/the-art-of-the-done-list-harnessing-the-power-of-progress

Figure it out with a pencil first and save yourself hours (or even days) of design time. If it doesn’t work here, the computer won’t help you.

Figure it out with a pencil first and save yourself hours (or even days) of design time. If it doesn’t work here, the computer won’t help you.

Design is content with intent.
Content without intent is noise.
Intent without content is decoration.
Joe Sparano
Mostly I just look at em. #slingerland #drums #zildjian #vintage

Mostly I just look at em. #slingerland #drums #zildjian #vintage

Best  
Referral  
Ever. 

Thanks, @agyweber!

Best
Referral
Ever.

Thanks, @agyweber!

This is why Coca-Cola is #1 in the market and Pepsi is #2 (and always will be). Here are a few key lessons to take away:
Don’t change your logo….ever. Only polish it like a gem.
Claim the dominant color in your marketplace. Red usually wins here. It’s science, not preference.
If you make a mistake, hit “undo”. New Coke was dumb, but it was a short deviation.
Keep your enemies close. Coke stole the script and the wave from Pepsi.

This is why Coca-Cola is #1 in the market and Pepsi is #2 (and always will be). Here are a few key lessons to take away:

  • Don’t change your logo….ever. Only polish it like a gem.
  • Claim the dominant color in your marketplace. Red usually wins here. It’s science, not preference.
  • If you make a mistake, hit “undo”. New Coke was dumb, but it was a short deviation.
  • Keep your enemies close. Coke stole the script and the wave from Pepsi.

Great video from PBS DIgital Studios about Graphic Design.

Be so good, they can’t ignore you.
Steve Martin
Mother’s Day shopping in Farmland.  (at Farmland General Store)

Mother’s Day shopping in Farmland. (at Farmland General Store)