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Intellectual property and copyright from a new perspective

This TED Talk by Johanna Blakley gave me a new perspective on copyright. For the last few years, with the oncoming pervasiveness of open standards and technologies, I’ve seen benefits on both sides of the copyright-versus-open issue. While much benefit comes from copyright law, it can also stifle parts of innovation and culture. Blakely, of […]

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Thursday Top 5

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2a8TRSgzZY] Designer–Client relationshipsFrom the awesome website Clients From Hell. Sadly, I’ve actually heard some of these things myself. This one, for example, is very similar to a situation I was experiencing quite recently. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMXjmHXroEY] Good: JailbirdsA little data on the prison-industrial complex (link is a fascinating Atlantic article from 1998 by Eric Schlosser). Sucker Love: […]

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Thursday Top 5

I’ve been too swamped to post the Thursday Top 5 on time for two weeks. Fortunately, no matter how busy I am, people still keep sending me funny and interesting stuff. A few of these below are recent finds, and a few are from the Top 5 archives. So here’s two weeks’ worth in one […]

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Thursday Top 5

We Are HuntedInteresting new music discovery site I happened upon. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_f-kRvBVi4] Our Dream of Living StreamsA short video about some of the issue facing South Bay creeks from Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition. Flowers Feed the SoulA truly amazing Flash-based site for a flower service in Singapore. Now here’s some yoga I could actually do […]

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Thursday Top 5

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHX5JvZwIhM] Sk8face: The Evolution of Skateboard Art trailer (explicit)Mostly for Jason A. [via Gary L.] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUnMF7dV86k] Robocop RapThe entire movie Robocop retold as a rap, in 10 minutes. SugarStacks.comVisualize how much sugar is in the fruit, veggies, drinks, and snacks you consume. Cheap. Cheap.Twitter may have paid $6 or less for their birdie graphic. You […]

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Duffy & Partners

Duffy & Partners has long been one of my favorite firms. They’ve put out some fantastic work over the years, including one of my all-time favorites, the Knob Creek Whiskey bottle (seen below). I bought a bottle years ago just to put on my shelf, to admire and take inspiration from it. Unfortunately, one night […]

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The creative economy

American Public Media’s Marketplace reports that America’s artists collectively make $80 billion a year. Nearly two million citizens consider themselves artists by trade, from architects to musicians and designers to filmmakers, making up one of the largest classes of workers in the U.S.. Their average income is just over $34,000 a year, which doesn’t seem […]

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Know your potential client

Doing freelance design for 20 years has enabled me to hone my client selection skills over time. What does that mean? It means knowing how to spot whether a potential new client will be easy to work with or hard to work with. When you’re starting out as a freelancer you’re often living month to […]

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