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A Crucial Lesson from Reality TV

For the past week, as I’ve been recovering from flu-cough-cold Hell, I spent my lunchtime curled up on my couch with a steaming bowl of soup and What Not To Wear on television. For the uninitiated, What Not To Wear is a makeover show where two hosts/stylists help a participant hone in on her personal style by following a… Read more »

Photo credit: Nisha K. Kulkarni

Copywriter’s Block

Whether you have a website, blog or online portfolio, chances are you’ve experienced copywriter’s block. This is a unique form of writer’s block that, in many ways, can feel more acute and crippling than good ol’ garden variety writer’s block. The challenge? Understanding how to “sell” your work in a brilliant, captivating, intelligent, engaging way. That’s all;… Read more »

Illustration by Lucille Clerc

Je Suis Charlie

“Je suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie,” has been on the news, social media and Hollywood lapels for the past week. It may be too easy to write this off as another #hashtag fad, or worse, as something that isn’t directly relevant to your everyday life. You couldn’t be more wrong. Twelve people were killed at the Charlie… Read more »

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Perfection + My Edit

Happy 2015! I hope that 2014 ended on a high note and that the New Year is truly spectacular. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been MIA from the blog for a few months now. 2014 had its highlights (starting the second year of my business, moving into a new apartment and creating a real home,… Read more »

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The Truth About Community-Building Online

At the beginning of September, I declared that I was going on a Facebook fast. Not because I found myself addicted to the platform and losing hours at a time. (Though truth be told, I have wasted valuable time because of Facebook.) And not because I was avoiding the dizzying flurry of updates from distant family members, and… Read more »

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A Fine Balance

For the past few weeks, I have been MIA. But I haven’t been resting on my laurels. I’ve been working on two large-scale projects. 

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When Generosity Fails + Damage Control

Last week at the highly anticipated Apple keynote address, CEO Tim Cook and U2 frontman Bono announced that U2’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” would be available as a free download for half a billion iTunes customers. Awesome! Fantastic! Amazing! So cool!  Right? Apparently not for all. There’s been strong backlash to this act of… Read more »

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Design Thinking with Apple

Did you catch Apple’s highly anticipated keynote yesterday? As a big-time Apple fan and great admirer of their storytelling, you can imagine how excited I was.

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Three Little Words in Human-Centered Business

In the Kelley brothers’s brilliant, must-read book, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, there is a section entitled “Empathize with Your End User.” And as I read through this section, I couldn’t help but think about apartment-hunting in New York City.

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The Not Ready Line

In speaking to prospective clients, one phrase that frequently comes up is, “I don’t think/feel we’re ready for this.” Doesn’t that sound like the popular “it’s not you, it’s me” break-up line? These words can feel like the most disheartening ones in the English language — especially if you’re in the early stages of your… Read more »

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  • A Crucial Lesson from Reality TV

    For the past week, as I’ve been recovering from flu-cough-cold Hell, I spent my lunchtime curled up on my couch with a steaming bowl of soup and What Not To Wear on television. For the uninitiated, What Not To Wear is a makeover show where two hosts/stylists help a participant hone in on her personal style by following a… Read more »

  • Photo credit: Nisha K. Kulkarni

    Copywriter’s Block

    Whether you have a website, blog or online portfolio, chances are you’ve experienced copywriter’s block. This is a unique form of writer’s block that, in many ways, can feel more acute and crippling than good ol’ garden variety writer’s block. The challenge? Understanding how to “sell” your work in a brilliant, captivating, intelligent, engaging way. That’s all;… Read more »

  • Illustration by Lucille Clerc

    Je Suis Charlie

    “Je suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie,” has been on the news, social media and Hollywood lapels for the past week. It may be too easy to write this off as another #hashtag fad, or worse, as something that isn’t directly relevant to your everyday life. You couldn’t be more wrong. Twelve people were killed at the Charlie… Read more »

  • Mantra2015

    Perfection + My Edit

    Happy 2015! I hope that 2014 ended on a high note and that the New Year is truly spectacular. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been MIA from the blog for a few months now. 2014 had its highlights (starting the second year of my business, moving into a new apartment and creating a real home,… Read more »

  • Unsplash_Desi_Mendoza

    The Truth About Community-Building Online

    At the beginning of September, I declared that I was going on a Facebook fast. Not because I found myself addicted to the platform and losing hours at a time. (Though truth be told, I have wasted valuable time because of Facebook.) And not because I was avoiding the dizzying flurry of updates from distant family members, and… Read more »

  • Unsplash_David_Marcu

    A Fine Balance

    For the past few weeks, I have been MIA. But I haven’t been resting on my laurels. I’ve been working on two large-scale projects.