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Pay what you want

December 10, 2008

Two organizations I respect the hell out of are doing this.

First, there’s GOOD.

‘Media for people who give a damn.’

However much you decide to pay, 100% of it goes to one of their twelve non-profit partners — and you get to choose which one (I just re-upped our subscription and gave $20 to Kiva).

In addition to all the GOOD online content, you get a one-year subscription to GOOD magazine — six print issues — which is why this is such a GOOD gift for like-minded family and friends.

(Note: giving GOOD as a gift costs $20.)

But you get all sorts of compelling content — like this recent piece on everybody’s new favorite MD (or at least mine) Jay Parkinson and Hello Health — plus infograhics galore and design from Open.

And, if you haven’t broken your Starbucks habit yet, every Thursday while you’re picking up your triple grande latte or whatever, you can also pick up a GOOD sheet for free.

Here’s a peek at No. 11:

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Go ahead: sign up, pay what you want!

Example two: Available Light [Theatre].


Historically, I’m not much of a theater guy.

And I’ve got no excuse — except for that I’m a bit uncultured, maybe.  It’s just never really been on my radar.

That all changed (not the uncultured bit) back in September when I saw Available Light eulogize David Foster Wallace live at Independents’ Day.

THEN I realized it was time to start paying attention.

(You should, too, and you can start by subscribing to their RSS feed, connecting with them on facebook, and/or following them on twitter.)

(You can also follow Artistic Director Matt Slaybaugh here.)

But so they’ve got a gig coming up called Foolin’ around with Infinity on 12/19 and 12/20, at Denison, and I was checking it out and saw this:

I asked Matt about it last week, via email, and he said (quoting without permission — sorry, Matt):

Pay What You Want is something I wanted to do forever. We tried it earlier this year and it was a huge hit… So we’re sticking with it. I think it’s better for everyone.

Pretty revealing about the level of confidence in the value of their work, don’t you think?

(The word ‘ballsy’ comes to mind, but I don’t think that’s quite right.)

So I’m going to the show on 12/20.

And I haven’t figured out how much I want to pay yet, no.

But I’m going.

And I’m already thinking about the value of the experience, in advance, and how I might best make a meaningful contribution, support-wise.

So… who wants to come with me?

It’ll be fun.  We’ll pay what we want!

[Note: There are two non-profits you’re going to be hearing A LOT about in ’09.  BOTH are dedicated to bringing healthy, organic, locally-grown goodness to Columbus:

  1. Available Light
  2. Local Matters

The question isn’t DO you want to get involved.  The question is HOW INVOLVED do you want to get?]

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HighBall

October 23, 2008

Live in Columbus?  Like good things?

Hopefully you’ve heard about HighBall then.

If not, here’s the deal:

Next Friday — October 31st, Halloween — from 6:00pm to midnight, High Street is going to be blocked off/closed to traffic from Buttles to Hubbard, in the Short North.

And we’re throwing a masquerade…

Think: Carnivale

Think: Mardi Gras

Think: Halloween

Think: Short North

As Funkadelic put it: free your mind… and your ass will follow.

Admission is FREE (booze is not).

On the north end, you’ll have live music: The Floorwalkers from 6:00 to 7:30; Flypaper (with Anna and the Androids) from 8:00 to 9:30; and Buzzcrush from 10:00 to 12:00.

On the south end, you’ll have DJs Moxy and Sonya, spinning from 6:00 to 9:00 and 9:00 to 12:00, respectively.

Plus a — get this — ginormous T-shaped runway in the middle of High Street (the top of the T backs up to Dr. Mojoe, if you’re trying to picture this; the stem is like 30 ft) for the Costume Couture Fashion Show.

(Now.  Before you even begin to rehash the 35 pages of debate on CU about what exactly ‘fashion’ is and what does Columbus have to do with it anyway, let us acknowledge that it (‘fashion’) is indeed subjective and amorphous and, to most of us, fleeting, but that it does have something to do with, I think, ‘freedom of expression through your wardrobe,’ plus ‘being creative within certain bounds’ and ‘intentionality’ — yes.)

That being said, we’ve got a veritable gaggle of talented designers in Columbus and we’re going to be featuring couture costume designs — plus three or four ready-to-wear looks a piece — from eleven of them right here.

On the catwalk.

Sexy folk like Kelli Martin.  And Terri Stevens.  (Don’t think I even need to mention the show anymore so I won’t.)  And Akira Burgess. And Esther Myong Chung.  To name a few…

And a certain super drag queen — 2008 National Entertainer of the Year, no less — emceeing?

That’s at 8:30.

Plus then costume contests from 9:30 to 12:00 with, I’m led to believe, a couple thousand dollars at stake.

All while legally drinking booze on the street!

Obviously there’s A LOT going on.  Probably I’m forgetting all sorts of stuff (like Dogtober Howloween).  So be sure and check out highballhalloween.com or the Facebook page or the official Short North blog for the full story.

Any questions?

Here’s your map:

See you then.

[Updated 10/28: street closure is at 6:30pm, not 6:00, though The Floorwalkers do start at 6:00 in the Haiku parking lot.]

Chances are good

October 9, 2008

I’m 95% behind on pretty much everything in my life right now.

Not a complaint, just an observation; it’s good to be busy.

Just need an intern, is all.

Plus 85% of it’s interchangeable parts of a BIG project involving the total integration of my work and personal lives to the point of: It’s Just What I Do Because It Interests Me.

Anywhere, anytime.  Work hours?  What’s that.

Building that bridge.

And following — no, chasing — passion, both mine and others.

Until everything I do (and don’t do) (paid or otherwise) is driven by a single unifying purpose: to help build a local living economy in Columbus.

In other words: making things better.

Paying-gig-wise, without exception, ALL the people I’m working with these days — 100% — are smarter, more creative, and exponentially more interesting than I am.

That’s by design, of course — I don’t have an inferiority complex.

They’re all so just f**king cool.

Case in point: Little Alouette.

Based right here in Columbus, OH.

A true, small-family-biz: Renaissance Mom, Artisan Wood-Working Dad, and two ‘wee ones,’ crafting wooden toys by hand, with love.

Using Ohio Maple whenever possible…

And finishing each product with certified organic seed oil!

In other words: all the savvy moms dig Little Alouette.

(Probably you should, too.)

REALLY feeling this Lil Ellie Roller right now:

Maple Lil Ellie Roller Toy

And this Balance Toy:

Solid Wood Bowler Hat Man Weights and Balance Toy

Of course, I’m biased; it’s impossible for me to be objective, they’re my clients — I believe in what they do.

So if you don’t feel you can trust me, tune into some of the chatter here, here, here, and here.

Plus, you know who else loves them?

Whole Foods — read about that here.

And say you really want to be the cool uncle (or whatever), bundle one of LA’s treasures with this here onsie from Skreened:

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Like a wee sartorialist in training.

[Update, 12/12: check out Little Alouette and Skreened on Good Day Columbus with @jdiloretto from a couple weeks back here and here, respectively.]

inspired design. from 1935.

July 8, 2008

it’s futile trying to capture the drama of this place.

especially with my brand of slip-shod, point-and-click photography.

but i thought i’d give it a try.

ps. ever use an xlerator hand dryer before?

talk about inspiring.

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high parody

May 22, 2008

made out like a bandit with the coveted “i’m daniel fox and i’m a hack” shirt for a fraction of the original $965.99 retail price at skreened’s $1-screwed-up-t-shirt-day sale the other day.

what a steal.

the statesman

January 29, 2008

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from obey giant.

scoot-a-que 11 design

January 28, 2008

how do you get from this

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to this?


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check out jeremy slagle’s flickr page for a look at the design process.

uniqclock

January 24, 2008

music. dance. clock.

kinda like momo². except minus the karaoke bowling.

art & conversation

January 18, 2008

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couchfire collective open house.

saturday, february 9th.

6 – 9 pm.

junctionview (here’s a map).

see what’s up with the couchfire crew.

too nice to recycle

January 13, 2008

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prepared, bottled, and designed by element.

consumed by me.

el santo: uno

January 9, 2008

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from trent’s oal show circa ’05 by way of our home-office wall.

that’s

January 4, 2008
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one thing i’ve always strove for is complete transparency. all the cards out on the table. leveling the playing field. clients making informed decisions. no surprises.

another thing that’s been clear from the get is part of what sets me — now us — apart is the company we keep. i’ve always worked with a certain type of client. why? great clients inspire great service. not exactly a secret, i don’t think.

now, when i go back and read the prescient copy on the scoot-a-que 10 gift card i have to chuckle.

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and because treefort are conceptual thinkers and ‘get’ me plus all this, they say how about white-on-white — something transparent, almost — that’ll recede into the background on the website and make full-color pics of clients real prominent right in front. because this is about them, right, not you?

indeed.

keep the period or no?

making it better

December 28, 2007

back in november, in his keynote speech at the 2007 futuretrends conference in miami, fl, piers fawkes issued the following challenge:

if there is an economic reason to change the world…

…as a trends analyst, researcher, innovation director or concerned party, it’s your job, should you choose to accept it, to create that change.

your job is to inspire your companies. inspire them:

  • to lead
  • to be good
  • to make things better

right about that same time, 1200 miles away, here in columbus, i was issuing a similar challenge to our agency principal at jda, except with a singularly immodest proposal attached: give me the resources, backing, and budget, and let me create a new agency — from the ground up, on my terms — so we can lead and help shape the future.

he said ‘yes.’

that night, i unpacked the still-germinating idea into a clumsy powerpoint and uploaded it:

jump cut a month-and-a-half forward, and we’re getting ready to meet piers’ challenge with brilliant.

this is about columbus.

this is about passion for the potential for the future.

and, if you’re engaged locally in the commercial application of creativity — a cultural entrepreneur — this is about you.

stay tuned.

business. highly unusual.

December 16, 2007

you live in columbus. you’re a crafter. an artist. a designer. you run a creative small business. maybe you’ve got a blog. you’re passionate. you shop local. you create original things from scratch that didn’t before exist; or, you combine old ideas in never-tried-before ways to create something new. status quo? rejected it. at some point you took a look around and said: if nobody else can get it right, i’m just going to do it myself. you embrace failure. you’re independent. you prefer interestingness to not. you ‘get it.’ you’re creatively-engaged. you’re a participant. you’re shaping the future. you want to do well by doing good. you want to give something back. are you brilliant? we think so.

best holiday card of the year (so far)

December 12, 2007

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from the brilliant folks at design central.