5 Defenses Of Unpaid Internships (That Are BS)

Summer is around the corner and students everywhere are partaking in unpaid internships of dubious ethics. There have been a lot of discussions on the legality of unpaid internships in the wake of recent lawsuits, but I want to talk about the justifications of unpaid internships. If businesses want to continue hiring people to work for free and want to keep risking this kind of legal retribution, that’s their problem. It’s the excuses that have got to go, because I’m getting tired of companies pleading poverty, insulting peoples’ intelligence and accepting free work…Read more …

Why I Tossed Out My Resume

If you're looking to hire me for either a full-time or project-based position, you should be aware of something: Don't ask me for a resume. I'm done with it. I've prepared Slideshare presentations and website pages for full-time opportunities and client pitches, but my resume has been gathering dust. If you're reading this as a job seeker and you're also involved with creative, entrepreneurial and outside-the-box industries, you should do the same. My reasoning is twofold, and the first reason is a simple one: Over seven years, my resume has done nothing for me. On its own,…Read more …

‘Buy Local’ Only If You Want To

I love local stores and mom and pop businesses. They were some of my very first clients and I was lucky enough, growing up, to live in an area that’s full of them. I love their charm, their personality, and the fact that I can get unique products that I would never get at big box chains or franchises. That’s what makes them special. Part of why I love local stores is why I’m about to deliver what may be a very bitter pill to swallow: This “buy local” movement has gotten completely…Read more …

Should the Already Successful Use Kickstarter?

Crowdfunding has given birth to a creative golden age of products that might otherwise have not seen the light of day or otherwise reached their full potential. Whether it’s one of my new favorite video games of all time, truly creative product ideas or The Oatmeal’s artwork brought to life by blowing up kittens, crowdfunding has become a viable, disruptive alternative to traditional funding models. Kickstarter has arguably become the face of crowdfunding and despite the incredible creative and technical works it’s produced, the platform has suffered its share of controversies. One question…Read more …

T’was the Night Before Net Neutrality

What happens when I'm on Twitter and Alex Wilhelm of TechCrunch notes an unsuccessful attempt to turn T'was the Night Before Christmas into a poem about net neutrality? A new Christmas classic is what happens. I took up the offer and this is the result. Enjoy!   Tw'as the night before Net Neutrality, the eve of the vote Upon politicians did lobbyists quite dote; The dinner reservations were placed on desks with care, The last thing Comcast wanted was for this vote to be fair; The Congressional aides were nestled all snug in…Read more …

What New Coke and Xbox One Have in Common

Disclaimer: Before this turns into a console war, I don't own an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. My PC and Wii U take up enough free time as is, and there aren't really any games for me to justify a PS4 or Xbox One right now. If that makes me biased, you can take off now. It's been a year since the Xbox One launched, and more than a year since the the Xbox One unveiling and subsequent E3 2013 presentation. In every product unveiling is an analysis, so I thought it would be time for a little…Read more …

Why Designers and Developers Hate Each Other (And What To Do About It)

“That designer is such an idiot. How am I supposed to know he wanted the text to fade when you hover over it?” “Why do they hire moronic developers like this? Wouldn’t it be easy to modify the navigation bar?” Take a walk down through virtually any creative agency or web development company. You even see it when a web designer and web developer are collaborating on a contracting project. Designers and developers are in a perennial state of war, and have been since the inception of the Internet. So what can we…Read more …