19
July
2015

SKILLSHARE HAND LETTERING JULY CHALLENGE

Speaking of serendipity, about 2 weeks ago, while I was eking away at my first hand lettering sketches all DIY style, I got an email from Skillshare announcing their “July Hand Lettering Challenge” featuring classes with the very talented Mary Kate McDevitt (I’d already started working my way through her Hand Lettering Ledger and liked […]

15
July
2015

HAND LETTERING – INITIAL SKETCHES

I spent about an hour each day last week, working my way through two different lettering books - first, I started working with Mary Kate McDevitt's fabulous Hand Lettering Ledger and Tony Seddon's fun Draw Your Own Alphabets. Both books offer lots of examples, tips and blank pages to practice, practice, practice. My initial attempts [...]
14
July
2015

LEARNING IN THE FREEDOME

My friends and I have a joke about that feeling you get when you’re about to leave a job that you’re just all done with – we call it “entering the freedome“. That tickle in your stomach that reminds you that regardless of how much time you’ve spent working for the man, your life is […]

31
March
2015

Vonnegut on Community

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut

19
February
2015

How to Build an Awesome Online Community

Great tips over at Blogher on the importance of online community: When you start a blog, you will hear a lot about how to grow your audience. You will read about gaining readers and followers, and why SEO is important. All of those things are important for page views—but there is something I believe is […]

03
February
2015

Online Communities on Media Sites are Doomed to Fail

Very smart commentary from Martin Belam, explores forum/board communities and the people who love them. “It is usually the staff who care most about that community that end up bearing the brunt of the abuse from it.” Read more at: Why I’ve found that online communities on media sites always seem doomed to fail  

27
January
2015

It Trolls for Thee

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Trolls; It Trolls for Thee – the American Life podcast features trolling and Internet hatred as their topic this week. Great listening for Community-management minded folks. Features excellent advice and stories from Internet journalist Lindy West, who has been harassed by hundreds of trolls online. Full episode –> http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/545/if-you-dont-have-anything-nice-to-say-say-it-in-all-caps