The New Business Mantra

clockI 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 


Creative Mornings: The Art of Geek Courtship

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_smithEric 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.


Creative Mornings is coming to Philadelphia!

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.

A is brough to you be a collaboration between Bluecadet, Cipher Prime, Drexel Digital Media, Headcase Design, IndyHall, Red Paper Heart, SuperFriendly, Think Brownstone, and Val Head


Program Director, Digital Media

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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 Crisis: 100 Redesigns That Transformed Stale Identities into Successful Brands

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Jeff Fisher of LogoMotives with How Publishing just published Identity Crisis: 100 Redesigns That Transformed Stale Identities into Successful Brands which showcases recent identity rebranding work for as variety of industries. This book acts as a guide designers can use to show their clients the power of rethinking and redesigning their identities.

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.


Full Time at Drexel University’s Digital Media Program

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
Students work with concepts and software for better integration of Internet multimedia-authoring programs with assorted browsers and server side databases. This course builds on basic knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, and Flash.