Building a Successful Design Studio or Agency

From 2004-2012 I ran a small design studio with two partners. You can read it’s obituary here. We had our ups and downs but in the end, I regarded any day I wasn’t “working for the man” as a success. In reality though, success is an equal measure of doing what you want and paying… Read More »

How To Design A Killer Website

To build the best consumer website, go shopping, says GV’s Michael Margolis. Source: Google Ventures On How To Design A Killer Website | Co.Design | business + design

Bloom Creative

Bloom Creative officially closed it’s doors on September 12th, 2012. A journey that started with the simple goal of creating a design-driven agency comes to an end. Like any journey, all the great memories we created together are worth taking a look back at. Novato Our first office was in a mixed use office/warehouse building… Read More »

Five Indispensable WordPress Plug-ins

At Bloom, my former company, WordPress was our CMS of choice. Through some trial and error, we determined that it’s best for the long-term health of your installation (and your sanity) to use as few plug-ins as possible and rely instead on writing your own functions. We’ll be sharing our list of favorite functions soon…. Read More »

The True Value of the Design Process to Your Organization

We are undoubtedly entering the “age of design” and much has already been written on this topic. At this point, most business owners would agree that it’s a competitive advantage to have a public facing brand, products and marketing material that is distinctive and professional. So you’re thinking of upgrading some aspect of your marketing… Read More »

Google+ for Marketers

By now, I’m sure that Google+ has attracted your attention but committing resources to yet another social media channel is a hard sell. Even though it’s just getting it’s legs, it may still be worth establishing a presence there now.¬† Keep in mind that Google never releases products that are shiny, polished and ready for… Read More »