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Everyday I visit the NYTimes main politics section and it goes something like this - mentions by candidate name:
Guess who is now leading in Iowa and New Hampshire polls as of today? Not Clinton.
Quite alot of people have randomly asked me to purchase this domain from me over the years (one such company four times ridiculously enough). Every time I'm asked I double the price. The next time somebody asks the price will be 3 million dollars (so now you know).
Meaning, my domain is not for sale. I'm not going to just sell my family name...
I rarely ever tell people "good work" or "great job" kind of comments. Those are useless.
I would rather tell somebody why I think something is not right or engage in a conversation about inspiration or decisions or process. Maybe after a discussion, if I actually feel that way, I will tell somebody that it's good work - but not before.
Constructive conversation on the net, to be particular, seems to be mostly dead.
Overstimulated to the point of nothing after years of looking at mostly images on the internet for 20 years. Go outside, look at something real, embrace the thing in front of you and shut up.
Don't blog about it, Instagram or turn it into a personal campaign.
Don't be dependent on a logo. Make a strategy. Make a message. Your logo is there to support the idea - not be the idea.
Just because "alot of stupid startups are being funded" is not a reason to seek funding for your own startup idea. It's the absolute wrong reason. How many times I've heard this - every time, wrong.
When you start thinking of yourself as a company, you start acting like one. You worry more about pretend work involving things like lawyers, conferences, and finance stuff, and less about building product, because that’s what people who run companies are supposed to do. This is, of course, the kiss of death for promising ideas.
Oof, this hits me so hard. Nice words. I'm a project man, myself.
I think that having meaningful connections with people over the internet has become more complicated and difficult than ever. We all want it to work, but time and time again, it doesn't fulfill us or work as we wish it would work.
I demand to know whose fault it is that scrolling on the web is sucking more and more and that they be fired immediately. Suuuuuuuuucks.
I feel like "touch" and "swipe" are slowly killing OS X. Think about it for a minute before you call me an idiot. Ok, now you can call me an idiot, anyways.
Don't blog about blogging. See what I did there? ;)
Drink wine from a teapot.
The best marketing you could ever do is the genuine. Sell what you have, what you know, what you can do.
Chewing gum flavored kale
This is a really good, fast article about what it's like to start a business.
I'm told by people that I still exist.
That's quite a sales pitch when a person knows what they are selling but doesn't feel the need to tell you what it is.
It is kind of interesting (at least for me) how often I see people imply that others are dishonest because they don't say things on the web. There has to be a master's thesis or two on this topic - please alert me to their location.
It is still "good" design but so many apps these days look the same. Perhaps the forms have evolved or the tools encourage saminess or people are just being lazy?
Is everybody talking about how bad McDonald's is as a brand and company actually a brilliant public relations exercise? Is it something most of us even care about? When was the last time you went to a McD's? Probably many years ago... Yep.
Tonight I attended a small gathering of hoteliers in Port-au-prince who are forming an association and the things that stuck out to me most of all:
1 - competitors can be friends
2 - help each other
3 - allow local brands to develop
One of the best things this sector could do, from a cultural entrepreneur perspective, is to nurture growing local brands. Investing in them if necessary, helping them get the products into these organizations.
You're all in this together - don't forget that. Slowly you will go far.
After three years of my experimental slow blog, I'm archiving things since I'm now living on a new continent.
I'm working on a redesign of this site but I'm not sure when I'll do this nor am I sure how much things will change.