I make it a habit to show up to every client meeting really early. It gives me time to collect my thoughts and mentally refresh myself on the agenda for the upcoming meeting. Sure, sometimes I sit around for a while in the lobby waiting for my client, but I always find that they are happy to know that I am there and ready for them. It is never a good idea to keep them waiting.
At one meeting recently I showed up about 45 minutes early for a meeting with a new client at a coffee house, and found my client already there. It was then that he filled me in on “The New Business Mantra“:
Really Early is Early
Early is On Time
On Time is Late
Late is Unacceptable
Our first speaker, Eric Smith, will tackle the topic of: SEX. (Lucky guy!) Eric is the author of “The Geek’s Guide to Dating,” a fabulous guide to geek courtship, love and all things that lead from there. It is also a beautiful book decorated with lush and hilarious 8-Bit graphics. The talk should be fun, inspirational and possibly useful.
Our venue is the Center for Architecture (1218 Arch Street), the home of our gracious sponsor, DesignPhiladelphia. It’s an awesome space, connected to an awesome bookstore, walking distance to Philly Tech Week’s following event.
Also sponsoring CM Philadelphia’s maiden voyage are your friends at Bluecadet.
Eric Smith is the co-founder of Geekadelphia and the Philadelphia Geek Awards , as well as the social media and marketing manager at Quirk Books. By day he works in publishing and social media, and by night, he writes. His book, The Geek’s Guide to Dating, is out now, and his debut Young Adult novel with Bloomsbury Spark publishes this Fall. He’s written for BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, BoingBoing, and is a contributor to BookRiot and Geekosystem. Follow him at @ericsmithrocks.
With more than 70 chapters worldwide, Creative Mornings is one of the world’s most successful creative meet-ups. The format is simple: Every month there is a lecture on a topic, an amazing local speaker, free food and ample coffee. It is all provided free and we’ll have you back in time for your morning meeting.
I officially started as Program Director of Drexel’s Digital Media Program. This is a one year interim position while our full time Program Director is on sabbatical. When he returns in July of 2012 I will resume my role as Assoc. Program Director, Undergraduate Studies for the Program.
Identity design (logos, letterhead, web sites, etc.) is one of the most popular topics in design books, and Identity Crisis takes a fresh look at this common subject by exploring the process of redesigning existing identities to help businesses refine their images, communicate with customers, and find success. Readers will get an inside look at the challenges of redesigning identities. They’ll see the creative and strategic thinking behind fresh design work as well as have a powerful tool to show clients what a difference a professional can make to their image.
I am also happy to announce that one of Finamore Design’s re-branding projects, New Triad for Collaborative Arts is featured in the book.
I recently signed a contract to teach full time for Drexel University’s Digital Media Program. The courses I will be teaching include DIGM-240: Introduction to Interactivity, DIGM-241: Multimedia Authoring, and DIGM-242: Advanced Interactivity for the Internet. My classes will start Fall ’07.
DIGM-240: Introduction to Interactivity
This course explores principles and techniques for creating effective interactive media-rich web sites. It includes aesthetics of human-computer interaction; bandwidth; project planning, budgeting and management; prototyping, testing and revision management.
DIGM-241: Multimedia Authoring
Focuses attention on learning multimedia-authorthing tools to create self-contained delivery programs, includes consideration and discussion of social impact of digital technology.
DIGM-242: Advanced Interactivity for the Internet