Archived entries for Professionalism

It’s not what they’re selling, its what you’re buying

I hope I’m not the only one that sees the irony in that twenty years of the commercial internet has resulted in its becoming a glorified phone book filled with not much more than digital junk mail and a whole lot of free. For all the collective smoke being blown around by the tech community as to its power and reach, our ever-merging societies and their economies still haven’t figured out to make any of it actually work. No one (corerection: not enough people with mainstream credibility) seems to be questioning that transitioning to an online-only option is a great idea, even as hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses — old guard and start-up alike — kick at the dirt when asked about monetization. Sustainability is not just about recycling.
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Of One Tricks And The Ponies That Love Them

Call this my answer to Frank Chimero’s “the slow, hard and dumb way”:
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Print’s Dead? Talk to your printer.

So much has been made of the death of print, going on twenty years now. Even that alone makes me want to label it as terminally ill ― its definitely not healthy, but dead is an exaggeration.
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Needles Vs. Haystacks

I spent a good part of last year obsessing over a long essay centering around design’s lack of professional respect and abundance of personal entitlement. The piece, which I may or may not ever complete, wallowed in the topic from a defensive position. I’ve since been learning to come to terms with my nostalgic fondness for (what Bernadette Jiwa appropriately calls) “the train wreck of what was” from a more balanced place where blame is just as much accepted as it is placed.
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A More Meritocratous Union

Russel Brand, socialist performer and Seth Godin, uber-Entrepreneur/capitalist both mention this as a time of “revolution”. Brand blames unsustainable inequality, while Godin as a result of the “death of the industrial age.” These are sides of the same coin, but Godin, like most free-market champions, thinks the solution is found in supercharging more of the same. He views the world as though the everyone is capable of being the next best thing by simply “choosing themselves.” Our ability to innovate (and by extension our collective innovation) will let us throw off the shackles of mediocity to operate outside the confines of traditional employer-employee relationships.

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