interior design guy who loves other stuff; social media, photography, film, food and anything that is good for the growth of the self.
What did that guy Charles do when you started out? Lazy so and so.
5 hours, 18 minutes ago on The PR Firm Debate: Should Startups Hire One or Not?
@Jeevanjacobjohn Hey Jeevan. I suppose every experience is an opportunity to learn something. That is, if you choose to learn from it. Thanks for the comment. I wish you well in your pursuits.
1 week, 1 day ago on The Art of the Possible: Great design with competitive fees: QOTW 13:47
@DallasK @ginidietrich @rdopping we drink brandy up here in Toronto.
1 week, 6 days ago on The 82 Things I Love
@Howie Goldfarb @rdopping @ginidietrich Wassa matta? You never heard of a moth dorm? They gotta keepum somewheres.
@RebeccaTodd Thanks Becks. for you.
2 weeks ago on The Art of the Possible: Great design with competitive fees: QOTW 13:47
I wonder how much that list would change if you did it once a moth dorm a year?
2 weeks ago on The 82 Things I Love
Car crash = amazing
Muppets = childhood memories (gush)
Wedding dance = holy crap did we spend a ton on that day
2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Crazy Car Crash and Video Games
@belllindsay @ginidietrich @rdopping totally.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Three Secrets to Your Own Success
It was just a meeter of time, wasn't it? Good on ya, sir.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on #FollowFriday: Our New Paid Media Manager
@belllindsay @rdopping Har...they can sneak up on you!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Three Secrets to Your Own Success
You forgot eating fruit loops!
A guy I work with was a former professional athlete.
When I started back on a health plan (eating the right food and regular exercise) he suggested that I have a "cheat day". Apparently even the most rigorous athletes have cheat days. I suppose the idea is that you don't let your vice or "nice to have" rule your life. So if you don't want for it so much it weighs less on you. Personally, I need that.
It helped me so much I am recommending it for Rob Ford.
@Caitlin Kelly @rdopping Precisely the issue we all deal with. I think it's tougher for journalists simply because of this medium (the blog).
3 weeks, 2 days ago on How technology has changed Interior Design: QOTW 13-46
@mehek1604 Hi there, Mehek? I am interesting where you are studying.
Unfortunately, anyone can try to design but like most professions professional accreditation limits what you can do. Architecture is certainly that way but Interior Design especially in North America is not quite the same. ID requires accreditation to practice professionally but that has not stopped many people from claiming they are Interior Designers or attempting to do work in the field.
Having said that, I am not sure how communications technology allows just anyone to design other than boundaries are now relatively non-existent. Does that catalyse the design process? Not by itself. I think technology eliminates certain boundaries and because of that other issues arise such as understanding the culture of a place or the regional requirements of building authorities both of which can influence what is produced.
Just because a person is a software expert does not mean they have the ability to understand, interpret and provide a solution to a design problem. For instance, before the physical act of design begins there are questions to be asked and the answers derive the resulting program of requirements. Technology has allowed designers to shorten the timeline between discovering the problem and finding the solution but technology alone does not open the door to creating intelligent solutions. If you have the skills to use a technology but no formal understanding of how to solve your clients problems, how to demonstrate precedent or how the iterative process works then the technology is simply a tool.
Claiming an expertise without experience is possible for anyone, however, without substance (the experience of practice) most people will quickly ascertain the level of ability to adequately solve a problem. I can read about doing Public Relations, examine the "how to", read some information on the practice and because I am reasonably intelligent I can certainly figure it out but will I be doing my client a disservice by claiming the expertise? Or will my client quickly understand I don't have a body of work to draw experience from? Today's technology offers many benefits (such as this exchange) but it also exacerbates the issue of professional practice for many professions.
Personally, I believe technology has improved our ability to understand problems, provide better solutions and solve design problems much faster. Do we communicate differently? Sure but what's changed most is the method of design iteration and how we communicate our ideas. We are able to share information very quickly and freely so the ability gather information is increased exponentially. This fact alone has changed the game. It is no longer necessary to spend as much time in discovery as it had in the past. Sharing ideas back and forth between designer and client quickly changes the iterative process and begins to eliminate misunderstanding or interpretation. Less time is needed to interpret requirements thereby shortening the design process significantly.
I hope this was helpful. If you want to chat further please go to our "About" page where you can send an email. We can certainly continue the conversation there.
@Digital_DRK @rdopping You're just saying that because of recent events.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on #FollowFriday: Darryl Robinson-Keys
@Howie Goldfarb @rdopping Doesn't @DannyBrown live in Burlington?
From one Torontonian to another. Good to meet you and HBD to you too.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on #FollowFriday: Darryl Robinson-Keys
@AnneReuss @rdopping Yep. The presentation is built on the models for success we use to keep the team engaged, learning and growing. I can email you some thoughts.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Lack of Employee Advocacy is a Disservice to Your Business
@Caitlin Kelly It's good to see we are not alone. Things are getting exceedingly more challenging when you are a big machine. Technology has allowed any person to compete. Whether the competition is comparable is yet to be seen but alas there it is.
So, is to good? Sure, if you know how to make it work.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on How technology has changed Interior Design: QOTW 13-46
Brilliantly written. Advocacy indeed.
I have a team that operates in this exact manner in an inter-disciplinary firm who leverage the collaboration between disciples to elevate the solutions for our clients.
My team delivers project nationally for a single client. We have a very simple collaboration model. We get together monthly to share insights in a open forum where everyone has a voice. We minute insights, improvement opportunities, mistakes and share them nationally with our greater team. No judgement. Just lessons learned. I know it sounds altruistic but it works and we have been doing this for 3 years to great success. Not only have we build a better relationship with our client we have maintained profitability in tough market and have been able to innovate new solutions for our client which has helped build business.
I gave a presentation on our strategy for a course in project management earlier this year which was well received. I would be more than happy to share some of the ideas with you guys if you think it would be beneficial to your organization.
4 weeks ago on Lack of Employee Advocacy is a Disservice to Your Business
Great post and even better thinking. I covered a similar topic this week as it relates to the changing tide technology is spurring in the interior design business. I strongly believe we are on the brink of massive change in our industry and the firms like ours who are on board and entrepreneurial in mindset will slowly start to take over.Sure, we can convince ourselves of anything but there are way too many indicators demonstrating the shift technology is having on all aspects of business.
4 weeks ago on Pivot Your Business: What Hitchcock Can Teach Entrepreneurs