Best & worst brand redesigns of 2008

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Best & worst brand redesigns of 2008

Underconsideration.com has a great showcase of brand/logo redesigns done right and horribly, horribly wrong.  The top honor winner, Dave Egger’s own 826 Valencia, is astounding.  To wit: Likewise, WGN Superstation, the worst offender (in my opinion), is downright, well…horrible.  It’s like 1988 meets Big Brother and a metric ton of eyeshadow.  Can’t see how this

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How economic chaos can mean opportunity for smart, daring firms

Fantastic post by Don Dodge over at The Next Big Thing about the mentality necessary to endure tough economic times: Chaos brings opportunity. A recession makes companies think about saving money. They consider small vendors that they wouldn’t do business with in boom times. Competitors go out of business. Be in a position to take

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Project Management Lingo

Michael Sippey proffers the absolute best list of real-world project management lingo that is (unfortunately) really, truly out there and really, truly used by people who should really, truly know better.  My favorites: Clue bat Coconut shuffle Come to Beavis meeting Consistify Eating the elephant one bite at a time Gantt flotsam Happy status Hit

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Google Zeitgeist 2008

Google has posted its 2008 zeigeist collection, which is a compilation of the most popular searches, by category, that flowed through Google search boxes throughout 2008.  As always, there are some interesting finds for 2008, and certainly it’s easy to see how these were so top-of-mind: Fastest rising global search: Sarah Palin Top three searches

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Who Protects the Internet?

It’s Friday, so allow me to be a bit aloof as I meander around conceptually for a few minutes. We hear constant talk of security in the IT space, from desktops to networks to servers to enterprise applications to how the top-grade SaaS/on-demand companies can possibly harden client datastores to keep the important bits contained

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Vinnie Mirchandani: Top 10 Stupid Salespeople Tricks

A fantastic post by Vinnie Merchandani that resonates with everyone here in the office.  An excerpt of the Letterman-style top 10 list: 10 ) "We want to be a partner, not a vendor". OK, in that case we want a board seat and some equity…. 9 ) " Just wanted to make sure you saw

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Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy

So maybe a recession is a good time to start a startup. It’s hard to say whether advantages like lack of competition outweigh disadvantages like reluctant investors. But it doesn’t matter much either way. It’s the people that matter. And for a given set of people working on a given technology, the time to act

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Report from Dreamforce

Jeff Kaplan: Despite the economy, election and lingering questions about whether Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is enterprise-ready, this week’s Salesforce.com Dreamforce conference drew nearly ten thousand energnetic attendees and exhibitors to celebrate the power of the ‘cloud’. The event not only dispelled any questions about whether the SaaS movement can withstand today’s economy, it also helped to

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