Making Better Mistakes

Sometimes I’m looking at Flickr photos of people I’m friends with and I think to myself, “Man, I wish my photos looked like this.” Thing is, when I go back and look through my photos I do have shots that look like the ones I’m admiring. I flagged them as losers and didn’t do anything with them. It doesn’t have to be photos – it can be anything you write, make, build. Anything you create. Why is that? Is it

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Data Driven Decisions, and What You Lose

The term “data driven decision” is something that is said more and more around offices lately, and it makes perfect sense at a certain level. Make decisions that best affect your agreed upon KPIs. The one thing that data driven decisions doesn’t account for, is taste. Design, aesthetics, brand standards, or experience aren’t analytics that are collected and analyzed. Data only cares how users interact with something. Black or white. Did a user do the thing, or not? This excerpt from

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Rekindling an Old Passion

Last April I wrote a post about how I missed editing video. Almost a year later that still holds true. As I mentioned in that post I got a little burnt out on editing after doing it non-stop everyday. I wasn’t excited about my projects and editing stopped becoming fun. I wasn’t shooting as much video in my personal time, so all the fun editing I used to do of my wife and I with our friends and family stopped

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I Miss Editing

Every once in a while I see something that reminds me how much I love film editing, and loved doing it. It’s what I studied in college, it’s what I wanted to do, and did for a while as a professional job. Back in college, I thought what I wanted to do was shoot and direct. Editing a project in school was a necessary step to completing an assignment to get a grade. Then, one day it clicked. I edited

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Dealing With Email

If you’re anything like me you probably get a lot of email, both work and personal. How do you manage your inbox? DO you manage your inbox? I can’t stand a messy inbox (Ali’s inbox drives me insane). A cluttered inbox is bad for many reasons. The biggest one is that it makes you feel overwhelmed because you have so much to do or answer. But that’s the thing. How much of your email is actionable or requires a response?

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Own Your Pricing

As some of you know we moved to San Antonio back in December. We’re finally settled into our house and are looking to have it painted. We called a number of painters to come give us estimates and they are starting to roll in. Today, one of the contractors called me and gave me his estimate, and as soon as he said the price, he started defending it to me. “You know, there are a lot of windows to cut

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