a quick one about the designers’ struggle with clients

Yesterday I had a conversation with a designer who made a career change to become a real-estate sales person.

 

yep – you heard well.

 

From panda-hat pencil-in-hand graphic artist and logo designer, he went to sell cinderblocks lots…

 

What happened? well, unsurprisingly – he got sick of clients – he got tired of not getting paid – and he got tired of having the very people who hired him for a job starting to tell him how he should do his job.

 

He got lost.

 

Like many others.

 

Like probably whole of us at any point in our career – when dealing with clients and learning how to provide a service to somebody else – it is not always easy – and it is not happening in your photoshop.

 

This is when I realised – how many people have not yet read or heard Mike Monteiro

 

This guy is the business coach that creatives didn’t have while learning their craft.

 

And most importantly – he will bring back your motivation to do good while giving you the tools to deliver.

 

If you haven’t, you should watch:

 

 

Any issue with getting paid? Watch this one:

 

(Actually – even if this one feels good – it is not always very helpful. I guess it works fine in the US – but from my experience in other places in the world – lawyers aren’t always the best to handle this kind of task… I have other resources I’ll put together for you some other time – still worth watching the talk though because it will help you realise how common these situations can be and how you should not bow your head and agree but you should fight to get that money.)

 

 

Anyway that’s it for today!

Don’t let the daily grind get the best out of you, and remember that your work matter! Just sell it.

Some days just suck shit

Mondays don’t have to suck

but sometime they do…

which I guess is fine and was to be expected.

Yet – when you didn’t sleep overnight and still have to break your head over tons of things… some days are just not easy.

The secret – is to zoom out.

When I manage to zoom out on the scale of a decade – then the fact the tramway was late or that I couldnt get a coffee in the morning, or this bug in the code is become such a tiny ridicule element that can easily be overcome.

On the other hand, when you have a ridicule tiny stone in your shoes, lets see how you zoom out… so yeah… so sometime it sucks 🙂

and we have to get used to it… will get better 🙂

Infosec privacy for a Sunday watch list (tor / bitcoins)

Research notes / Watchlist for later review on infosec and privacy and anonymity – note that these two are different.

 

#Tor Developer Isis Lovecruft lectures on anonymity systems at Radboud Universiteit

 

#Browsing with Tor: Online Anonymity to Outsmart the NSA – Tom Lowenthal

 

#DEFCON 14: How to Create an Anonymous Identity

 

#DEFCON 20: Can You Track Me Now?

Government And Corporate Surveillance Of Mobile Geo-Location Data

 

 

 

Lecture 6 — Bitcoin and Anonymity

 

 

 

Bitcoin Q&A: Anonymity and confidential transactions

 

Just ship

I am very good at starting things.

It wasn’t always true – I used to waste a lot of time to ponder and get to work – now in the past decade I think I have brought my capacity to set up a new project to a real good level – and kickstarting things into motions.

Now – I need to move to the next level – which is perfecting the finish.

To go full “seth godin” definition: JUST SHIP.

Delivery – even imperfect is such an important thing.

Ultimately – no matter how hard you work, people don’t give shit until you deliver something.

Often time I get caught in trying to make something perfect, instead of focusing on getting it just done.

Done is better than perfect is a reality.

Part of me is doing this daily blog in order to improve this issue.

A daily blog is an obligation to deliver on a daily basis a piece of work.

It is a great tool for creatives I think to train your consistency and your capacity to ship.

ship early, ship often

Then you can improve the quality.

But first, training yourself to ship is vital.

Nobody love cheap talk.

People want to get results.

The results are measured only on what you shipped.

So bottom line, I need to improve my shipping.

Build Worflows

Resistance and friction is what make the daily grind hard.

Let your creativity flow more easily by removing all the block from the roads so you can focus on the journey and not on perpetually cleaning up the mess that getting in your way.

Writing :

How I write

I use Notational Velocity (Windows / Linux equivalent) –

Publishing

– DeskPM

but also setting up a place like /var/log on my site has remove a bunch of psychological road blocks that were getting in the way.

By creating an place where I could dump content on a daily places without having to focus on being too formal, it became easier for me to focus on the writing than on having to back up every claim with quotes, nice and funny pictures, and structured writing.

I’ll keep doing it for the main articles section.

But for daily writing – I really needed something simpler.

More focus on what matter.


It was just a question of workflow.


Same can be done when working on a project – remove anything from your way that prevent the most essential delivery. Once this is done, you can add some extra if you have some time. But first – build the core of what is expected and only then move on.


have a great day!

Making some changes

ok, inspired by a friend, I have decided to make some changes in the way i organise my content on this blog. Separating pure content (in depth article, how-tos, reference post) from the blog in a more casual sense of word.

In a follow up to post “We have stopped blogging” – I want to get back to some regular writing. Less formal, more personal, maybe informative maybe not – I don’t know yet, what I know is I want it to be place where I can share with you an open conversation.

So here I am, launching “/var/log – the personal daily internet log” 🙂 (or as daily as I can…)

/var/log is where you store the log (journaling file) on a *nix machine.

Since most of my content surround the world of tech, design and innovation I thought this would be an appropriate title.

Phase one of this project is to start writing on a daily basis, and create a healthy habit of content creation.

Then, we will see how to move on from that…

have a great day!

We have stopped blogging

We have stopped blogging

Once blogging was a thing

Not a thing to talk about business

But a place where people would share

ideas

thoughts

moments

emotions

stories

with each others.

I think we should do more of that

We should start blogging again.

We should bring this conversation back.

We left to the Facebooks and the Twitters take the control of the conversations

(and no, I am not ranting against these platforms, for a change… see, I actually think Facebook and Twitter and social media as a whole has enabled a lot more people to get in touch with each other… the fact that they do other very bad thing is a different story, but fundamentally, as a conversational platform, they are pretty good…)

The thing is

Blogs are different.

Blogs are like open emails for the world to see.

A weblog – AKA a “Blog” – is – to quote wikipedia – “a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”).”

Blogs  also used to have “Blogroll” – sort a primitive shoutout where you could feature some other bloggers.

Blogrolls or the “links” section of your site would be a very significant way to find information on the web in a pre-google era – because existing search engine would be okay-ish to get started on a topic, but would lack the accuracy required to actually get a thorough coverage of a topic.

The peer-to-peer nature of this link exchange would allow a very qualitative referals and a way to sort of endorse and recommend others…

I do realise this whole post kinda feel like a bad “Pepe Farm remembers” – but the point I am trying to make is that blogging – the writing form of exchanging has sorta lost its genuine aspect inherent to human communication and has turned into an instrumentalised way to bait an audience into lead generation which goes very much against the reason why people went online on the first place – i.e. – to access quality information from other peers.

So yeah, I wish blogging would make a come back.

If you want to read a more structured point of view on the topic, I’d redirect you to altplatform.org an initiative to revive the IndieWeb… and – it is dead – so yeah, you can check the short history of Altplatfom archived here.

Let’s wrap up here

I’ll try to keep blogging in a more blogging sense of the term… maybe I’ll understand why people have stopped 🙂