With 2012 in full swing, here is a recap of a small portion of the athletic work that we have produced for Tech over the past year.
To celebrate the holiday season, we wanted to share our Christmas wish list with you. To add a fun twist, we expressed our desires within the parameters that money would be no object and that we would include both a selfish gift and an unselfish gift. Here is our 2011 Christmas wish list:
What would you do?
If your desk is a mess, clean it up and put all those random papers into an appropriate file. And make files for all of your projects/clients. Join a project management software like basecamp to keep up with deadlines and to-dos. Of course you will need to keep track of everything, but you will have a record of all the changes, tasks, and ideas you need. Plus, most software have email reminders to help you not forget with that genius, but cluttered brain of yours.
Grab a notebook and take notes during client meetings. These can be a lifesaver if you can’t come straight back to your office and make changes or start on the project because it keeps you out of the quagmire that is forgetting a certain request. Apps have gone from entertainment to tools and many cell phones come with or have downloadable apps that let you type in quick ideas and messages on the go. Taking notes gives you a traceable record, and if done well, a roadmap.
We’ve already blogged about how it’s okay to take a break, and that’s sort of where this is coming from — take a few minutes to browse web design sites, watch YouTube videos, Google certain types of design, or talk over a project with colleagues. Anything that gets you motivated and thinking about your design in a different way is not time wasted, it’s time invested on not hitting a roadblock further in your timeline. It’s time spent making your design the best it can be.
Keep Up With Your Competition
Don’t copy, but do know what is happening around you. Your crosstown rival may have started offering phone app development. Is that a good idea for your area? Do your clients need this? (And most importantly) Can I make money off this? If you think you’re missing out on an opportunity to better your business and your bank account, then don’t be afraid to adapt because someone else is already doing it.
We like to sit at our desks and keep to ourselves. Maybe in the dark, even. But it’s a good idea to get every so often, so join a local chamber of commerce or local art collective and meet like-minded people who can help you network and make friends. They will act as a great resource for finding clients and helping you keep your business at the forefront of your community.