November 20th, 2013
In our business, success is not measured by how well you can design. Nor is it measured by how well you can fabricate or project manage a project. It’s measured by how well you listen and consider your clients’ opinions, wants, and needs. Building relationships is, in my opinion, one of the most important and rewarding things you can do. (more…)
October 29th, 2013
Have you ever said something thoughtless to someone and thought it was perfectly harmless only to find out later you hurt them? This summer my boyfriend, his daughters, and I went hiking at Turkey Run State Park. (more…)
October 22nd, 2013
Using Plain Language
Last week I visited an industry web site and read this description of the company: “The practice has developed an iterative design approach that takes pleasure in teasing out the unexpected potential of projects by inventively embracing their practical constraints.” That sentence annoyed me. It seemed pretentious. Is the goal to express what they do so people can clearly understand or is it meant to try and impress the reader? I’m not sure what the sentence meant. It sounded fluffy to me.
October 10th, 2013
The Economics of Happiness
Recently, I read an article by Steve Faktor, CEO of IdeaFaktory, called The Economics of Happiness. He makes some great points about our culture and why some of us aren’t as happy as we could be. With the amount of literature out there about how to find happiness, you would think we’d all be skipping and singing everywhere we go. We spend so much time and money on finding purpose, that we forget that we hold the power to our happiness (which is defined differently by everyone). (more…)
September 3rd, 2013
Everything is relative. Not like Einstein means it. Probably more like the philosophy of relativism.
In the book Where Good Ideas Come From – The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson discusses how important the environment that surrounds you influences successful innovation. For instance, a city that is 10 times bigger than another can be 17 times more creative. The physical, social, technological and economic environment that surrounds you has a huge impact on how you perform. (more…)