Psuedo-philosphy or just a convenient and lazy lie?  “Creativity is synthesis.” Contrary to what many designers and non-designers often opine, this concept is regularly misinterpreted. Just like reposting a quote on Facebook doesn’t make you wise nor does re-tweeting a joke make you a comedian. Pinterest has convinced some people (or people have convinced themselves) they’re creative through curation. Creativity is creativity and synthesis is synthesis.  They’re not the same and they… Read More

Happiness is a choice but I think we’re also happy in proportion to the amount of choices we have. Very early in my a career I found graphic designer Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, a list of more than 40 pithy suggestions for a successful and happy career as a professional creative.  He cautioned young designers, “Don’t borrow money” as did Frank Gehry before him. “By maintaining financial control, we maintain… Read More

The sign outside of our PDX design studio has become a neighborhood landmark and not a day goes by that we don’t see someone at the corner of Couch and Davis taking its picture. I was even interviewed by Portland Monthly a while back about it – for a issue they ran about Portland’s most creative work spaces. We run IDL on a platform of maxims, officially 10 in all, but many… Read More

I’m flying to New York today but I’m not certain when.  My original flight was canceled and I’ve been automatically re-booked with a ‘bonus’ layover in Minneapolis – which has since been delayed.  The original purpose for the trip was cancelled as well so now I’m going to a different meeting for new potential client.  Tomorrow I will fly to San Francisco for a meeting which I still don’t know the client… Read More

For a Scottish alternative rock band from Glasgow, Del Amitri dispensed some pretty sound relationship advice. When you’re driving with the brakes on When you’re swimming with your boots on, It’s hard to say you love someone and it’s hard to say you don’t. (full lyrics) And Marshall McLuhan reminded us to always, “Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror”.  McLuhan and Del Amitri are both right; success comes… Read More

“Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror” – Marshall McLuhan

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