The First Craft+Story Retreat

May 19, 2013

Inherently, I know that you sometimes need to get away when you’re trying to solve big problems or accomplish crazy goals. When I worked for the ministry, I loved “away” days and staff retreats. Those days helped us set a clear vision year after year and dream big. I told myself that was one thing I would definitely continue when I had my own business.

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March 18, 2013

At the end of February, I was happy to launch an end-to-end branding and website redesign for Cedar Lake Christian Assembly in Biloxi, MS. In the end, we gave them a new online identity and responsive site, and I walked away with a handful of notes.

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January 24, 2013

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about “my system” since my wife Instagrammed a shot of my Trello board a few weeks ago. How do I actually use Trello, and why do I swear by my (current) system? Basically, I’ve built a huge funnel out of my board that goes from big, year-sized projects down to small, day-sized bites.

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Fear & Failure in Dallas

August 12, 2012

A writer I follow, Yuvi Zalkow, is promoting his book this week, and he issued a challenge of sorts for other writers and creators to share their stories of fear and failure as he girds himself for the reviews and sales figures. Normally, I don’t actually follow writing challenges, but I figured that the concepts of fear and failure are already talked about on this site enough that you wouldn’t mind or even notice

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TYPO3, Quebec, and July 4th

July 04, 2012

A couple weeks ago, I got to attend the TYPO3 conference in Quebec, and I’ve been so engrossed in PHP and design comps since I got back that I’m just now thinking about some of the highlights.

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Start small.

May 21, 2012

We have no big names, no outside funding, no award-winning website, and I’m the only employee. Frankly, I was nervous about all of that at the time, and I just wanted to acknowledge that, yes, I knew I wasn’t becoming one of the big boys. My wife and our friend Erin took those words, though, and turned them into something else. As they wrote it on coffee cups and treats (for my guests) and etched it onto a bottle of Scotch (for me), it became a rallying cry. Start small!

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Not a Manifesto

February 02, 2012

While working on building a new business, Craft + Story, I decided to pen some core values to kick things off and find the right people.

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November 28, 2011

I haven’t forgotten about the blog, but there’s changes coming for all of us. More news to come.

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October 06, 2011

The growth of Apple was a shared experience for all of us. My parents were inspired to write, draw, and create music on devices that didn’t quite seem like computers to them. I was inspired to write, draw, and create music by watching them. All of us got excited when Steve Jobs came back to Apple, and all of us prayed for him when he started getting sicker.

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How to Not Make Bad Propaganda

September 01, 2011

Confession: when I started the post about slow-clapping and my dad, I didn’t really know where it was going. I could write that style of writing off as an anomaly, or I could justify it and claim to have two wildly different writing processes that I switch between for different goals, audiences, etc. Obviously, I opt to justify, and I’ll give each process a descriptive, if hyperbolic, name: the “market-y, sell, sell” process and the “painfully honest” process.

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