So, the other day I was talking with a friend of mine about the overall desire to go paperless. More and more companies try to print less in their day to day business but reality is, that a lot of large companies, are far away from going paperless. We are 8 people in our studio, 8 different businesses and hardly anyone ever prints anything here. (I am in charger of replacing the toner, so I know!) My friend told me that in big companies, paper still rules.
So, we were thinking about solutions. What are specific steps companies/yourself are taking to go paperless? Are devices like the iPad helping? Are collaboration technologies the solution?
Can you tell us how you do it? What your company does to get you to print less? What works?
I am currently trying to consolidate all of my backups, re-organize all my work and personal files, photos, music, videos etc. As I am going through my stacks of harddrives I am realizing that my kids will eventually inherit a mountain of data.
What will they do with all these files? Will I have to go through eventually and pick the good stuff and save them as ‘your mom in a nutshell’ folder? Or a ‘best of’ folder? Seriously, I find it overwhelming to deal with my own data of 15 years plus. How will they feel looking through it all? Should I handle my data the same as how I handle my ‘stuff at home’ – ‘active file only’? Well, that doesn’t work if we want to go down memory line every now and then, right?
Do you ever think about what your kids will do (or not) with all the data we’ll pass on? And is there data that shouldn’t be passed on?
I am currently working on a short talk for the upcoming swissmiss birthday bash as well on a book proposal and have the following question for you:
Do you have a swissmiss story? Did I cover a product/idea/design of yours and it impacted your life? Did a post on my blog inspire you to pursue an idea/dream you had? Did a post of mine kick off a new side business that turned into your new fulltime gig? …
If you, or anyone else you know has a ‘swissmiss story’ please have them email me.
I just asked my twitter followers if they had any SLR Camera Bag recommendations. I am looking for a SLR Camera bag that can hold 1-2 additional lenses and that is not too clunky, yet stylish!
Wow, the links have been pouring in. As it is virtually impossible to see all replies in one place (unless one uses a distinct hashtag, which I didn’t do) I am asking the same again here. Please add your suggestions below. I’ll make a round-up post later on.
I am participating in a silent auction event with the Type Director’s Club and it’s our task to re-interpret an existing classified ad.
Would you like to submit a classified ad you come across and think would be fun to typographically translate into a poster? If so, please submit your suggestions as a scan/image (link to flickr or similar service) in a comment below or email it to me at [email protected].
If your submission gets picked, you’ll get a mention on the poster! Please note that it needs to be a real existing classifieds ad that I will have to submit alongside with the poster, so please keep it!
Two days ago I put out this tweet asking for Letterpress studio recommendations:
A lot of my twitter followers asked to share the responses I got. So here they are. Feel free to add more in comments below.
Studio On Fire, Minneapolis
The Mandate Press
Skylab Letterpress, Kansas City
Earl Kallemeyn, Brooklyn
Coeur Noir, Brooklyn
The Mandate Press, Salt Lake City
LetterPressLove, South Dakota
Brown Parcel Press, Athens and Brooklyn
Peter Kruty, Brooklyn
Gilah Press, Baltimore
Letterpress, Austin Texas
Cranky Pressman, Salem OH
Sideshowpress, Charleston South Carolina
Lead Graffiti, Newark Delaware
EM Letterpress, New Bedford MA
Wolfe Editions, Portland Maine
Black Stone Press, Vancouver
Boxcar Press, Syracuse
Bowe House Press, Richmond VA
Pointed Press, Swarthmore PA
Two Paperdolls, Wayne PA
Kyle Van Horn, Baltimore
Cinnamon Kiss Paper Studio
Moontree Letterpress, Brooklyn
Haven Press Studio
Clean Wash Letterpress
Lucky Duck Press
Dear readers, I am looking to find architecture firms (or design firms in general) that managed to successfully incorporate a blog into their site. Do any come to mind? Would you mind to leave urls in a comment below? Thanks so much!
Two nights ago, G and I were discussing potential boy’s names for our little unborn son. I spontaneously said: “Why don’t we ask the twittersphere for some ideas?” Within seconds of posting my quest for a cool 4 letter boy’s name suggestions came pouring in. We just sat there refreshing Tweetie and couldn’t believe the amazing and most of all international name suggestions we got.
Crowdsourcing at its best!
I would like to extend this experiment to my blog readers. Have any cool suggestions for a rather unique 4 letter boy’s name for our unborn son? If so, indulge in this extreme crowdsourcing experiment with me and share in a comment below.
Again, the only condition: it has to be a 4 Letter Boys Name.
Do you know where I can view some of the original 1971 Big Apple Tourism Campaign posters here in the city?
A 1971 campaign to increase tourism to New York City adopted the Big Apple as an officially recognized reference to New York City. The campaign featured red apples in an effort to lure visitors to New York City. It was hoped that the red apples would serve as a bright and cheery image of New York City, in contrast to the common belief that New York City was dark and dangerous. Since then, New York City has officially been The Big Apple.
Why is New York City called the “Big Apple”?
Next week I’ll be starting as a part time teacher at Parsons The New School for Design here in New York. (Yay!) My goal will be to educate a group of approx 12 students about web design and give them an introduction to designing and planning a site. I am (cautiously) excited and humbled by the learning curve that’s ahead of me, never having taught before.
Are you a professional teaching part-time? If so, what advice would you give someone like me who starting to teach? What was your biggest teaching epiphany? I would love to hear your experience!
We are looking for someone to help us record/film the CreativeMornings Talks to put them on the web and make them available to swissmiss readers. Are you a film student and interested in teaming up with us? Or are you a designer that knows a lot about filming, editing and would get a kick out of helping us? If so, please email us and tell us a little bit about you.
Can anyone explain what the remove/promote buttons are supposed to do on the google results pages? Have they been around for a while?
One of my current clients is based in Auckland, New Zealand and I need to find a local printer for business cards etc. Dear Kiwi-Print-Designers, do you have a printer recommendation for me? Thank you SO much! Waving from the other side of the planet!
Lovely Debbie Millman just emailed me with a fun request:
“I will be interviewing Michael Bierut at the HOW conference next week in Boston and he came up with an idea that I would like to undertake. He thought it might be fun to solicit questions from people *before* the interview via the design community blogs and I was wondering if you might be able to assist us by posting a “request for questions” on Swiss Miss.
I have interviewed Michael on Design Matters, and in my book (wherein he waxes sentimental about his passion for folding laundry), so the more inventive the questions, the better! (and the more personal!!!)
In the request, folks can send the questions to [email protected]“
So, lovely readers, if you could ask Michael Bierut ONE question, what would it be? Email it to Debbie and please also add it as a comment below.
Do you know of a letterpress printer that works (successfully) with glow-in-the-dark inks? Ideally someone based in NY or Chicago?
(image found on mattborghi’s flickr)
I just had an interesting email exchange with Fred. He nudged me, as I still owed him a reply to his latest email. In our conversation, he mentioned an app he uses called NEO (Nelson Email Organizer) that helps him stay on top of his conversations. Of course, it’s a windows app. Are you using anything similar on a mac?
I need overhaul the way I handle my inbox. Just yesterday, I had to completely erase my harddrive and reinstall everything. With that, my inbox went from over 1400 emails (approx 700 of them flagged) to zero. (enter happy sigh here)
The eternal question: How do you organize your inbox. How do you stay on top of ongoing conversations?
(Oh, and by the way, if I owe you a reply, please nudge me again!)
My designer friend Anke is researching applications that help her with project budgeting and time/expense tracking. So far she’s looked at mindsalt, functionfox and a few others. She wonders if there’s anything out there that would also include invoicing features like blinksale. What do you use?
I am debating a very cool new office space which has only one big downside: poor phone reception. I am wondering: Do Cellular Repeaters work?
I am currently working on a complete swissmiss redesign which will include moving everything to wordpress and my own server. The big question is: What hosting company to go with? I have looked at mosso.com which sounds fantastic, but is pricy, and dreamhost, which I heard tends to be somewhat slow. What about Laughing Squid or Mediatemple?
Bandwith is key: I don’t want to be hit with a bill at the end of the month, in case I get dug, like the other day, when I had over 200,000 hits in 24hours.
Are you running a fairly high-traffic site? Are you happy with your host?