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MozCon is an annual conference for the search engine optimization (SEO) community organized by Moz, a Seattle-based SEO software company. Thinkso senior project manager Jess Mackta and I attended this year. Here is some of what we took away. The Big Picture Rand Fishkin, Moz founder and star of their popular Whiteboard Fridays series, kicked [...]
Our designer friend Christa Bianchi of Bianchi Design in Williamsburg, Brooklyn recently interviewed Thinkso partner Elizabeth Amorose for a post on her blog. When you think back to what you were designing in 2003, what trends/changes had real legs since then (in any market sector)? Let’s see. 2003 was when the Internet—the real Internet—came alive. [...]
I just finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In and, along with eight thousand other bloggers and journalists, I’m going to put in my two cents. Required Reading This book is going to be the seminal book of our generation—the way The Feminine Mystique was for the last generation. It articulates the internal and external [...]
I don’t know about you, but my brain doesn’t have a lot of room for storing things like Twitter shorthand. If you feel the same, download our Tweet Sheet to your phone for quick reference: Pull up this [...]
Process and organization are important ingredients in a successful professional services firm—and essential to being set up for future growth. In one of my favorite business books, The E-Myth Revisited, author Michael E. Gerber states, “A Mature [sic] company is founded on a broader perspective…a more intelligent point of view. About building a business that [...]
Confab is “the content strategy conference,” put on annually by Brain Traffic in Minneapolis. Their 2011 conference was a tough act to follow, but this year’s gathering did not disappoint. The following is a download of some of my takeaways. Speak in pictures. Dan Roam’s keynote kicked off the conference with something the graphic design [...]
In the design world, quilting is often relegated to the same category as scrapbooking and rubber stamping. At best, it’s called “geekery.” But when I attended the American Quilter’s Society March show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I was struck by how much quilting and graphic design have in common. I’ve been quilting since I was [...]
Hey Startups. This is how design works
My friend George sent me this article over the weekend. In it, the author sentences to death another of our world’s paper institutions: the business card. I say, not so fast. When sending the article, George, ever the artiste, bemoaned the potential loss of all his favorite printing tricks—mixed varnishes, metallic inks, die cuts, letterpress. [...]
How Creativity Works’: It’s All In Your Imagination
Marketer’s Who Share are Marketer’s Who Care
Starbucks + Social Media = Big Brand Benefits
BOB. An animated adventure.
When you give a designer a mitten…
Nature is awesome.
New York vs. Paris. These iconic comparisons just prove both are great.
Thinkso hits 5 years and one of its founders looks back on its toddler years.
Storytelling with…cookie dough!
Behind the scenes on the set of Mad Men.
On a recent trip to New Mexico, I was struck by the ingenuity of the locals to decorate their barren (though transcendental) terrain.