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Where does my paycheck go? May 19, 2008

Posted by pakman050 in Business, Design, Metrics.

The New York Times has a great “cell graph” on our spending and the rate of inflation.



Recruiting for Designers April 11, 2008

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Yes, I’m hiring. I found Coroflit for design portfolios of some talented people in my area.


And if you are interested shoot over a resume to jobs@localwisdom.com

We’re looking for flash designers/developers and interaction designers

Finally, a CMS Tool with Sex Appeal April 9, 2008

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CushyCMS.com, its currently in beta, but click on the 3 minute video – you will be happy.


Rapping about websites April 3, 2008

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MC Webdesign in the place to be.


6 Key Questions for Positioning Your Company March 7, 2008

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Just finished Positioning by Al Reis and Jack Trout and its an excellent read.

Here are 6 key questions on how to position your company (or even yourself):

  1. What is your current position in the mind of your customer/audience?
  2. What do you want your positioning to be?
  3. Who (competition-wise) is in your league and what is their position? The idea is to have a unique position or a unique category were you can position yourself.
  4. What kind of positioning can you afford? Is this an internal initiative or do you hire an agency?
  5. Can your company stick it out? Can your company live up to this position?
  6. Does your company actually match the position that you are trying to attain?

Positioning and the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing are two great books from Al Reis and Jack Trout.

Free GPS on your cell phone December 11, 2007

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Nav4All is a free GPS navigation systems for your cell phone. Beyond a normal navigation system you can track and trace yourself and friends. Can get a little creepy knowing that people can access your location, but hey we’ve already been sold into that. Good luck staying off the grid.


Get gas prices in your area December 11, 2007

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Every night MSN Autos receives pricing data from over 90,000 gas stations across the nation.

Thanks Aff!


Spoken Hyperlinks from the FOWD Conference November 9, 2007

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Social/Web 2.0
All the different ways to see, hear, and laugh at other people on the web (or vice-versa).

“We use a combination of technology and human editors to track and grow online buzz for a select group of partners. Our proprietary technology detects positive buzz about a client’s product, and our editors write headlines that point to the very best of these links.”

“We made Scrapblog drag-and-drop-easy so that everyone can tell their stories and create beautiful multimedia scrapbooks.”

“A community based t-shirt company…” making millions!

“Rememble is a ‘washing line’ for your digital bits and pieces. Thread together texts, photos, videos, sounds, scribbles, scans, notes, tweets… so they’re not drifting in a digital wasteland.”

“The next generation media blog that easily integrates all your audio, video, photos and writin seamlessly in one place.”
Nifty design-related stuff

Veerle’s Blog
“I’m a graphic/web designer living in Belgium. My personal journal is an online source for topics ranging from XHTML/CSS to graphic design tips.”

Dave Shea’s Blog
“I’m a Vancouver local and a freelance designer. I’m happiest when designing, building, or creating something that didn’t previously exist; this has taken many forms over the years.”

Yahoo! Pattern Library
“A pattern describes an optimal solution to a common problem within a specific context.”

ElliotJayStock’s Blog
” Senior Designer at Carson Systems<!–Carsonified–>, a small but influential company located in Bath, England. ”

Jina Bolton’s Blog
“Jina Bolton is a 24-year-old interactive designer & artist, working/residing in Silicon Valley. She adores modern/contemporary design, & has an appreciation for retro/vintage design. She digs web standards, karaoke, sushi, design, art, writing, markup, life, & you…”

“Subscribe to JPG Magazine to get the best photos, features, and interviews delivered right to your doorstep six times a year.”

email standards project
“Working with email client developers and the design community to improve web standards support and accessibility in email. ”

Applications to make life better

37signals.com (and also http://gettingreal.37signals.com/)

“Basically, if you need to send invoices, Blinksale can work for you.”

“Ext is a client-side, JavaScript framework for building web applications.”

“Campaign Monitor is built for designers who can create great looking emails for themselves and their clients, but need software to send each campaign, track the results and manage their subscribers.”

The milkman never forgets… July 3, 2007

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RemembertheMilk.com is a great web 2.0 site that can help you manage your to-do-lists.

More than just clicks and keystrokes May 31, 2007

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I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

Jeff Han speaks  at TED

Jeff Han demos at TED

Accenture’s InteractuveWall

and low and behold… Microsoft Surface