Calm over the horizon

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.


Inspired by clouds

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection.


Make it clean and simple

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.


When you are alone

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.


Real time design tools

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.


Stumbled the concept

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection.


Time is passing by

Every selector has the potential to have unintended side effects by targeting unwanted elements or clashing with other selectors. More surprisingly, our selectors may even lose out in the global specificity war, ultimately having little or no effect on the page at all. Any time we make a change to a CSS file, we need to carefully consider the global environment in which our styles will sit. No other front end technology requires so much discipline just to keep the code at a minimum level of maintainability.


Hey DJ play that song

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.


Me Myself and I

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.


My tech travel setup

One of the easiest ways to improve travel photos is shooting in better light, and the best light is often in the hour after sunrise and before sunset. That’s because the light takes on a warm golden hue and hits the subject from the side instead of the top. t’s difficult to recreate the grandeur of a vast landscape in the confines of a picture frame.


Learn the rules first

I was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t give a shit” if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said shit. Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.


The new brand identity

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.


Sounds from the streets

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection.


A day alone at the sea

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.


Some amazing buildings

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.


Working from your home?

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.


Awwwards best websites

I was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t give a shit” if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said shit. Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.


Trust in your intuitions

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.


Top Deejay Headphones

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.


Knowing When It’s Okay to Unplug

A couple of months ago I began a social experiment in where I cut out distractions in my routine in an effort to realign some priorities and make my focus more acute. To most everyone's surprise this included my cable and Internet service. That was about as off-the-grid it was going to get for me at the time.


Introducing Microlancer from Envato

As a freelancer 20% of your time is spent on actual work while the remaining 80% is spent looking for or managing a new client. The people over at Envato, who have brought us different sources like CodeCanyon and Graphic River, have launched a new service called Microlancer for people trying to locate a service professional.


Breathing New Life Into an Old Podcast and Calling All Audio Engineers

Jane and I are looking to pick back up where we unfortunately left off with podcast episodes of the The CrueCast. This unscheduled hiatus was the result of our work lives and personal lives never syncing ideally and several turns of unfortunate events.


Featured Freelancer—Giovanni Cruz

Giographix Studios | http://www.giographix.com Giographix was founded in 2004 by Giovanni Cruz behind the idea of being "technically creative"—or finding the right balance between art, design and technology. The following year, he was joined by Sam Cabebe who brought with him a strong and diverse background in graphic design, photography, and Flash development. The eclectic client list includes UFC Middleweight Mark Munoz, R&B Soul Singer Goapele, musical accessories manufacturer Jim Dunlop, and entertainment consulting firm the debut group.


Featured Freelancer—Geoff McMahen

Motion Audio 7 http://motionaudio7.com/ Motion Audio 7 is a professional website design studio headquartered in Royal Oak, MI. and offers a full range of website design and internet marketing products and services. We are experts in website design, logo design, print product design, pro audio, social media services, search engine optimization and search engine marketing.


Featured Freelancer—Joshua Frankel

Josh Frankel | http://www.joshuamfrankel.com/ Josh Frankel is a web and graphic designer in Washington DC with experience designing websites, brand identity, print and other graphics.


What We’re Listening To

Producing the Motley Design Crew's podcast, the "CrueCast", has been a lot of fun and opened new doors as far as allowing us to speak with other like minded creatives and freelancers. But we're not the only show in town. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of different design and development related podcasts from wireframing to mobile application development.


Featured Freelancer—Gary Holmes

Gary Holmes | Gariphic Design http://www.gariphic.com Gariphic Design is an independent studio based in West Hartford, CT. Gariphic was founded in 1996 by Gary Holmes, a Brit from London, U.K. Gariphic specializes primarily in logo, print and advertising for small to midsize businesses. Clients range from local businesses to national businesses such as WebMD.


Featured Freelancer—Nancy Seeger

Art Assistance | http://artsassistance.com Arts Assistance is a firm specializing in website design and graphic layout, and serves clients in the music industry, web development firms and small businesses. Arts Assistance’s client roster consists of various professional disciplines including a Grammy Artist, Web Design firms, Universities, and professional Associations.


Featured Freelancer—Kristine Putt

Paragon Moon | http://paragonmoon.com/ Paragon Moon is a brand identity design studio for heart-centered, service-based, women-owned business. We design brands that help you create lasting, meaningful relationships with your clients!


Featured Freelancer—Andrea La Valleur-Purvis

Divine Fusion Creative | divinefusiondesign.com Andrea La Valleur-Purvis is a European User Experience Designer living and working in Seattle, Washington. She designs websites, User Interfaces (UI) and User Experiences (UX) for Mac OS and mobile devices.


Featured Freelancer—Anthony Hortin

Maddison Designs | http://maddisondesigns.com Maddison Designs is a small, independent design studio based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, owned and operated by Anthony Hortin. Anthony specializes in web design and web development and in particular, WordPress theme development & customization.


Featured Freelancer—Nadine Zoe’ Gilden

Curious Light Designs http://www.curiouslight.com/ Curious Light designs and builds high quality, affordable & stylish websites that give small businesses the online presence they need to make an impact. We take a personal approach to our client interaction, and help guide you through the entire process. Some key services Curious Light provides: Custom ecommerce sites, Custom WordPress sites, Social Media Marketing, Ongoing site maintenance, E-mail newsletter design, Social media identity design (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube pages).


Featured Freelancer—Shelly Cole

http://brassblogs.com Shelly Cole is a Web designer and developer in the Hartford CT area. She focuses primarily in custom WordPress sites, but dabbles in anything she can get my hands on. She loves solving problems!


The Road to Successful Freelance Design – Part 1

Ever wonder what it takes to be a successful freelancer? Here’s the inside scoop from 10 designers who’ve made it.


The Road to Successful Freelance Design – Part 2

If you read Part 1, you're already ahead of the game. Here in Part 2 we wrap it up with a summary that will get you launched successfully.


Using Gamification to Learn About Pairing Typefaces

Ever run into issues with pairing your typefaces? Are creating font families just not your thing? First take a deep sigh of relief then check out Type Connection.


Clearing the Air About SOPA and PIPA

Unless you've been under a rock since October 26th of 2011, you no doubt have heard discussions across the Internet and on some TV programs about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). Entering "SOPA" into Google search alone yields 80,800,000 results and everyone has an opinion about how SOPA will forever change the face of the Internet and how we deliver content.


Giving Thanks

A huge thanks to all our participating members and everyone who has contributed to to the project.


OMG! What happened to Crue?

The issue with Crue vs. Crew and why we had to change it.


Interview with Photographer Stuart Little

If you've been paying attention then you know that two things have been going on with the episode of the podcast. One, we had to initially reschedule our interview due to Internet connectivity issues in Glasgow. Two, that if you know of Stuart Little then you obliviously have heard that alittlephotoshop.com is shutting down at the end of this month.


Interview with Developer Andy Sowards

As creative professionals, freelancers, and small business owners, wed be lost at times if it weren't for the business relationships we form on a day to day basis. The Motley Design Crue is a shining example of that. If you tend to focus your talents strictly on the design and forsake the realm of back-end and front-end, that's where developers like our latest CrueCast guest Andy Sowards come in handy.


Talking About Design and Underworld Magazines with Julio Rivera

Julio Rivera, Owner of Underworld Magazines, joined Jane and myself on the 13th installment of the CrueCast. Sharing shop talk, client horror stories, and talk about project runway. This episode Julio shares one of the most colorful client stories I think we've heard of so far on the show. For those of you unfamiliar with Underworld Magazine, it's a design blog bringing you the latest in design news, resources and interviews from around the web.


Interview with Illustrator and Artist Frank M. Hansen

Frank Hansen was nice enough to be on this weeks show and share his experiences working a full-time job in the film industry and doing freelance illustration. We also explore different ways to stay on track and how to get things done with specific goals in mind. I have found his work energetic and fun to view at times and it was really fun to sit down with him and really just pick his brain.


Writing Online with Chris Trude

A Headshot of Chris TrudeSorry it's been a bit, but I'm finding it a little hard to get back into the swing of things, while at the same time working on inHouse work and other various projects. But I wouldn't change a thing. But don't we, as freelancers, thrive somewhat on being this busy? In show #6 we talk with Chris Trude about usability trends in 2010 and professional blogging. Chris is a 26 year old graphic and interface designer, user experience creator, burgeoning web developer, photographer and data visualizationalist, based in Northern Virginia. Known to most across the internet as Trudesign, he claims he is also be known as a Jeeper, outdoorsman, and an Apple fan...


Working on Our Relationships and Educating Clients with James Tryon

After a good amount of time away, the show is finally back with a rather lengthy episode. On this weeks show we talk about nurturing your client relationships to turn your clients from seeing you as a 'one time' contract into a long-term partnership.


A Beginners Guide to Freelancing with Sarah Camp

Having Sarah Camp from the Camp Creative Group on the show was fun an informative. I definitely walked away from our conversation a bit wiser on the pitfalls of freelancing and how to better protect yourself.


Understanding Your Audience with James McQuarrie

Three shows in and we're still running strong. Having James come on the show was a blast, even if we tried 3 separate times to record the interview. That just means that I wound up with a major load of good content to play around with.


Understanding Social Networking and Practical SEO with Jane Clark

Wow. The first Motley Crüe Podcast was fun, and Jane provided us with a lot of great and useful information.

In our talk we discuss the origins of the Motley Design Crüe, the different types of creative individuals that we seek out or find us. And Jane explains social networking in layman's terms, so that ourselves and our clients may understand what exactly is going on a bit better. We go over some practical Search Engine Optimization tips and tricks, and just how to connect with other freelance individuals, because no one should feel like an island.

I put the podcast together with tender loving care and maybe a joke, rant, or two. And will be hosting it here on my blog indefinitely. The Motley Design Crüe should have their own site up very soon where you will be able to interact with our Q & A portions through the use of the forums and I look forward to providing you guys with more great content and awesome interviews. You will find the interview in this post, and on iTunes as soon as I can get everything hashed out. And sorry in advance I do have a bit of a southern accent that peers its head out every once and awhile.

I'd like to thank all of you for your continued support in this endeavor and without any further adüe I give you the very first of many Motley Crüe Cast, Show #1, originally recorded (07/11/2010).

I thought I'd also like to share with you the 'Ghetto Closet Sound Booth of Awesome Sauce' or 'GCSBoAS' for short. It's hot as hell in here right now, and I'm in the process of purchasing items and equipment. And for those of you who are wondering, yes that is a fleece blanket from an ABC Catalog.

 

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