Week 68 of Type Tuesday. Each week I’m sharing five free fonts that I’ve come across for you to use and enjoy. I hope you like what I have picked out this time. Be sure to comeback next week for another great set. null
Getting your name out there is all about bragging about the work you just got or just finished or that award you just won. Don’t be afraid or too modest to share these accomplishments. You don’t have to send out a formal press release with everyone one of these milestones, a simple verbal pat on the back with a blog post or tweet can be just as powerful. The advantages are obvious, it’s a free or a very low cost method to get your name seen to hundreds of potential new clients. If you’re worried about a client being upset you shared info about the work, don’t be (unless you are under an NDA). A client knows the importance of getting their name out there just as much as you do and will probably be thrilled you are talking about the project. Bragging modestly about yourself without being self-centered gets people to learn more about you and it shows that you know how to market yourself. And at the end of the day, your work could be fabulous but without having a method of spreading the word about it, no one is going to notice.
To be great at anything you have to want to do it and work hard at it. Could you see yourself doing this everyday for the rest of your life? The moment you aren’t 100% behind what you’re doing that’s when you begin to slip up. You start making mistakes, cutting corners and just not giving it your all. Sure we all need a break at time to recharge or refocus. But to really be great at what you do you need to love it so much you live it and sleep it. Why? Because just like in a race the moment you hesitate you are going to loose, someone else is right there behind you to take the lead. As Gary Vaynerchuck says “pump out content.. if you don’t… you’ll be out hustled.”
Week 67 of Type Tuesday. Each week I’m sharing five free fonts that I’ve come across for you to use and enjoy. I hope you like what I have picked out this time. Be sure to comeback next week for another great set.
I was pretty excited to read Scott Belsky’s “Making Ideas Happen" since I’m a big fan of the behance network and have read a few of his great blog posts. But “Making Ideas Happen" was one of the hardest books for me to make it through in awhile and I almost gave up a number of times… In hind sight I wish I had. If you’ve read a lot of self-development or creative process books recently then there isn’t going to be anything new here. And a lot of the stories off success have been mentioned in numerous other books. Such as Tony Hsieh and the Zappos story.
The book starts off really well, you learn about Scott Belsky’s and Behance.net's Action Method. I've never used the Action Method before so I enjoyed hearing about it's process and how creative folks use it. At times during this book I was really inspired but quickly forgot what was said. I found myself having to keep going back. There were just too many good ideas basically thrown at you at once and it was hard to digest them all. But looking back on it I guess you can sum up this whole book in that the solution to all your problems is to be more organized. I've read a handful of reviews of this book and it seems like just about everyone agrees that this book could of been cut in half. There are a lot of repeated parts that overlap, I'd recommend saving some time and skipping this book. Instead pick up “Rework" or "Delivering Happiness.”
It’s not every day I get to work on a project featuring puppets. And puppets who are in an 80’s metal group, that is something I couldn’t pass up the chance to work on. This music video was created as a promo piece for a new show that was being pitched. All the full body shots were done on green screen which turned into a lot of rotoscoping that needed to be done. Unfortunately the music video didn’t have that sweet 80’s rock vibe the client was hoping for and ended up not being used to present the show. I’m not sure what the status is of the show but I know I’d be watching it if it was on.
We all get a lot of emails every day and the email signature is something that just about everyone includes. The idea of an email signature is to be simple, informative and to not distract from the overall message. Most conversations these days start by email, so often it’s part of making that first impression. I wanted to share a four tips that I think will help make your email signature better and help you come off more professional.
1. Don’t put your email address in your signature. You emailed that person, they have your email address. If you want them to email you at a different address, then that should be included in the main part of the message.
2. If you’re a business or if you have an office number then include your phone number. There is a good chance at some point in the future the person is going to need to contact you and why not avoid another email asking for your number.
3. Remove your fax number; you have your phone number there and maybe your mobile number as well do you really need a fax number too? The last time I had to send a fax was to the bank and it was a pain. If more then 50% of the people you email are going to fax you at some point in the future then ok but for the 99% of us using email the chances of us having to fax you are slim.
4. I am not a fan of images in the signature for a few reasons. It drives me nuts when I am trying to look for a specific email with a useful attachment and all the emails from that person has an attachment. Also you never know how an email program may read that image and a weird missing image logo at the bottom doesn’t seem very professional. And lastly, there is a good chance your email with that little image could be blocked by an over zealous email filter.
5. If you are sending an email from your mobile device, drop the “Sent from my blackberry” or “Sent from my iPhone” at the bottom of a mobile email. No one cares, it’s the 21st century; everyone types on the go. Signatures can be a great way to tell a little more about yourself without saying anything, so make sure you put your best foot forward.
Week 66 of Type Tuesday. Each week I’m sharing five free fonts that I’ve come across for you to use and enjoy. I hope you like what I have picked out this time. Be sure to comeback next week for another great set.
Week 65 of Type Tuesday. Somehow I missed last week but I’m back, sharing five free fonts that I’ve come across for you to use and enjoy. I hope you like what I have picked out this time. Be sure to comeback next week for another great set.