Opinion Poll: What are you reading?
Remember the days of hard-bound stock photography books? And printed design annuals? And stacks of design magazines to rifle through for creative inspiration? Now that your focus expands beyond the hottest new typeface or trend, what resources do you find most valuable? Aside from industry staples GD USA and HOW, what publications do you read?More
Opinion Poll: Email Etiquette
While curtailing the volume of email that hits your inbox each day is largely out of your control, employing best practices when communicating via email is essential to a productive day. Keeping emails brief, specific, actionable, and timely invites responses from your clients that do the same. Which email offenses do you find hardest to break at your firm?More
Opinion Poll: Endless Emails
Last month’s poll highlighted handling “meeting overload.” A second drain on a productive day for me can be reading and responding to emails. I could easily spend each day glued to my computer fielding the flaming darts hitting my inbox. If you extract time spent attending meetings and responding to email, there is often not much time left to direct the work and manage the staff, let alone think. How does your team communicate?More
Opinion Poll: Meetings Schmeetings!
Running an in-house creative team means directing the creative, managing the staff, balancing the budget, providing client service, and attending meetings. Endless meetings. I’m not sure when it happened, but lately my days are spent running frantically from one meeting to another. Take this month’s poll and leave a comment about how you handle meeting overload at your firm.More
Opinion Poll: Last Call for Entries!
More and more design publications and organizations are tailoring their messaging and programming to in-house teams. While once a niche audience, now HOW, GD USA and AIGA all sponsor annual design competitions, exclusively for the in-house crowd. Do industry awards add value or does this type of recognition fall flat in your organization?More