They’re Not Real But You Are

Steve Jobs was not real. The demigod created by the media is only in our heads. Mark Zuckerberg is not real. Not even Bill Gates. They are all fantasies created by the media to peg larger than life successes and failures to mere men. Yes, we’re leaders in our fields, you see us in magazines, use products which development we supervise, yes we picked the color of the website sidebar. So what? What you read…

The Key is Persistence

The struggle. A new competitor fills the WSJ columns, you panic, employees leave. Your software breaks after the latest release of Apple’s operating system. Then your wife leaves you and, to make matters worse, your blood pressure spirals out of control. What a nightmare, but how, how in hell are you going to get out of this? The struggle, a trail that includes a seeming infinite list of trials and tribulations is very, very manageable.…

Of Bodybuilders and Supermodels

I can assure you, with complete certainty: those beauty queens were not born like that. They were born covered in nasty mucus, crying and completely naked (yes they were born naked!). Furthermore, their dresses are not sold by Sears, Kmart or Target. Quite possibly, you might have to scrape 50K for one of those babies (and the shoes run in the thousands as well). Yes, even beauty queens and supermodels have their tricks. Heels, dental…

AgencyRank – A New Way to Reward Creative Professionals

State of the Art in Digital Agency Ranking Our industry is a very subjective one. A client likes your design today and hates it tomorrow. You enter a Behance* profile and find very nice looking portfolios with sometimes, too much curation and end up with an under representative sample of work that only shows you the very best productions of a particular professional. The last group in the graph is essentially award-winning work, the middle…

Entrepreneurship a la Gordon Gekko

Cold, ruthless, fearless and merciless. That’s the perfect entrepreneur. Silicon Valley is filled with smart people, but very few real entrepreneurs. Most are either “lollipops” or “wannabees”. Smart kids that want to make a difference and have the guts and intelligence to do so but, in actuality, that’s not enough to build an iconic company. To build companies you have to be prepared to make a lifetime commitment to a life of uncertainty, competition and…

Hillman Curtis. In memoriam

Hillman Curtis from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo. Hillman passed away at home on April 18th, 2012 at 6:03 pm in the presence of his loving wife, two children, his sister, sister in law and brother in law. He was 51 years old and died after a long and fiercely fought battle with colon cancer. Hillman deeply loved his work, all of it – film directing, graphic design, all aspects of new media – and he…