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Dec 1st, 2015Why Websites are Expensive

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website development process

I don’t build a lot of websites anymore – I’m pretty selective about what I take on – but I do 2-3 a year. Thinking back, it’s funny to reminisce about those long-lost conversations back in 2000 … “meh – you don’t really need a website”. Funny how things change.

In the old days, when my hair was brown and beard was red, we made everything custom. Some things were cool, others were simple. The awards went to the guy who could design the most confusing navigation possible. read finger more

Jan 28th, 2015Super Bowl Preview

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2012 VW ad launching the new Beetle

Super bowl 49 is upon us, and it’s time for creatives to start the annual analysis of this year’s crop of ads. That great bastion of advertising critique, the CBC, just posted an article with a welcome new trend. Less sex, more heart. Turns out, ads that tug on our emotions perform much better than those horrifically sexy godaddy ads, or even super-slick vehicle ads. As the price of a 30 second spot creeps to $4.5 million, stakes are getting high. I can imagine the board room pitch meeting going like this:read finger more

Jan 19th, 2015Dog + Cat Hospital

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red deer dog+cat hospital

A few years ago… two and a half, to be exact, we designed a logo for our friends over at the Dog and Cat Hospital. Dr. Volk had been our vet for years, so it was natural. You may have seen the neon shining in the Clearview market. The logo is a cute little animal face – carefully designed to only reflect “animal” – neither cat nor dog, only happy and finger more

Oct 13th, 2014Thanksgiving

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On this (extended) long weekend, my daughter exclaimed how she wished she could be a designer, although in context, she was expressing thankfulness that I am afforded the flexibility in my work to take an almost exorbitant amount of time off to spend with my kids. It got me thinking.I’ve worked a lot in my career – 2am is a common place to be. Overtime is a like a drug in this business, it’s kind of thrilling. But In the last several years, I’ve taken a larger roll with my kids – more time off, less overtime, less attention to the business. Not many people have the opportunity to do that – and frankly, I would have mocked myself 10 years ago for doing finger more

Feb 7th, 2014The Next Big Thing

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Once in a while you see something that shakes things to their foundations. Something disruptive–like the birth of social media, or micro-stock. I really want to discover something like that. This is not that. This is just something cool.

Right now, there are lots of design trends, most notably the vintage signage-inpsired type movement (which I called as a de-facto protest movement to micro-stock back in about 2007), and I suppose responsive web design coupled with parallax jQuery is also notable. But something big has just happened, and I chalk it up to… Microsoft. Enter the finger more

Jan 30th, 2014Meaningful Work

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We all want to do something meaningful with our lives, and these days, we would prefer if our work brought that meaning to it. Whether it’s just being a part of something greater, philanthropic, or just “cool” – the feeling is the same. Work should matter. Really, I’m no different.

Except I am. I have been lucky blessed enough to work with enough Baby Boomers and a few older than them to realize how good we have it today. read finger more

Dec 15th, 2012Chained to the Cloud

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Everyone loves the cloud. We love the cloud. The cloud is that imaginary place where all our business problems disappear, our IT costs vapourize and everything and everyone has the a rosy red glow of ecstasy on their faces. But have you ever actually thought about what the cloud is?

The cloud is really a series of high tech data centres all over the world. People own them. Shareholders, actually, own them. Shareholders don’t generally like free services. read finger more

Oct 11th, 2012Lorum Ipsum

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May 29th, 2012Why?

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This past weekend I heard about a book – Start with why by Simon Sinek. The summary of the book rocked my concept of business. Rocked. My concept. The book (which I have not read yet) assumes that we are in business not to make stuff (how & what) but for something (why). I’ve been looking for something to polarize Redpoint’s vision, as well as articulate what we really do here. Truthfully, we design stuff, just like the other shops in town (what). But why we do it is far more nebulous. read finger more