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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 it.read finger more

Feb 7th, 2014The Next Big Thing

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circles

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 circle.read finger more

Jan 30th, 2014Meaningful Work

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Digging

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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chained

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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lorum ipsum

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May 29th, 2012Why?

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WHY?

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

Jan 1st, 2012Social Media Mashup

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Cant you see me

Well, here we are starting off 2012. Hopefully with a bang.  I’ve read a few reviews of 2011, and it was a good year for a lot of businesses. But what is coming up now? This article pretty well sums up the tech side, but what about us mere mortals in central Alberta?

2012 will clearly be the year of the mobile device, that much is clear. read finger more

Nov 23rd, 2011We’re Really Excited.

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Montage of Recent Work

It’s pretty amazing. We’ve had a tremendous run of creative marketing pieces this past 6 months. Redpointers have created some stuff that is pretty darn impressive. We’ve written copy, printed brochures, made maps, murals, and continue to crank out websites. The problem is, most of it hasn’t been published, released or otherwise produced. read finger more

Jun 29th, 2011Are Business Cards Dead?

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Business CardsIn this age of social media, apps, click ads and online networks, a once immovable bulwark of business is slowly disappearing–the business card. In the “olden days” the mighty rolodex would sit on the office manager or salesperson’s desk–the all-powerful gatekeeper to leads, key contacts and everything to keep the greasy read finger more