November 8th, 2003
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Play more, work less (a how to)…

I was recently asked to be a speaker at the How Design Conference in San Diego in May, (put on by How Design Mag). I officially accepted on Friday (yikes!). It is exciting and nervewracking at the same time. I have never done something on this level before so I am plagued with feelings of, “Can I do this?” Deep down I know I have a lot I want to talk about, and I’m definitely passionate about what i do. The talk was then turned into a 3 hour workshop on the subject of “Using your personality to attract the work you REALLY want”. So I’ve been busy writing up another tip sheet for it, some of the things on it may surprise you. My intent is to teach the OPPOSITE to what many of us were taught in school. You might call it the “Anti-Business” talk, I seem to be building on the concept more and more. For example:
Tip Number 8 -Don’t Promote! The term ‘promotion’ here means ‘specific targeted marketing’. By all means send things out into the world, but don’t think in terms of “promoting to get work”. Send stuff out because -you’re proud of it, -you want to share something with the world, -it’s fun to get mail, -to have good karma, -you want to spread your germs, -you like licking stamps. Try sending a postcard of something you made for fun, (i.e. directions on how to make a finger puppet).
I may be going out on a limb here, but lately I feel these things need to be said. Our culture focuses way too much on “how to make money”, instead of “how to live well”. I really feel that if you trust in your vision and pursue that which moves you, the work will come to you. So if you are going to the conference and you want to know “how target your portfolio”, you might want to pass on my talk.
Some links…
An origami gift box has many uses.
I just received a shipment from Ex Libris Anonymous. The journals have some of the original book pages left in. Mine had wonderful illustrations inside! Yay.
The Land of Nod is fun. I particularly like, “Yes dear, steaks do come from trees”.
The Wurst has a wonderful series of nesting dolls! Link via loosetooth.

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