Move your money!

I’ve been doing the Annual Report for this credit union for a few years. This year’s message was “move your money.” It’s a simple illustration, but I think it gets the idea across.

A couple useful links

Trying to tackle a big challenge

3.7 Design has created a tool that attemps to tackle the challenge of presenting creative for the web. Mockup Present is a very simple tool that tries to take the traditional flat, static “comp” (i.e. jpeg) to a more functional, realistic place. It’s in the beginning stages, but it’s a good idea. Showing a client a jpeg doesn’t cut it soemtimes. We’ve found that for some projects it’s been worth the time to go from layered PSD to HTML/CSS.

Sort of legal … but interesting

A friend of mine sent me this link from, a law blog.  The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on a case that involved several issues designers, developers and clients encounter daily — and it raises some important questions about copyright and “work for hire.” Quote from Volokh …

Is a custom-designed and designer-hosted Web site a good or a service? Who owns the site? Can the deletion of the site by the host (for nonpayment of the bills) constitute tortious conversion of the supposed owner’s property? Not the sexy sort of cyberlaw, just the practically important sort.

In the case of Conwell v. Gray Loon, it’s a case of both parties making some key, easily avoidable mistakes. Define the project and use good documentation; from the initial proposal, to change orders, to an ongoing maintenance agreement, if necessary. Things do get “lost in the sauce” occassionaly, but having a set process with solid documents or contracts is good for BOTH the client and the agency or individual.

Here’s a pdf of the full decision.

iThinkPad … ThinkMac?


Our trusty IBM ThinkPad has taken a lot of abuse (verbal and otherwise) over the years. It’s the one PC in our office. It runs XP, and it’s bulletproof. We tried to spruce it up for all the iSnobs out there.

Pro Bono?!

Yes. We’ve been doing some pro bono work. Two projects; one small, the other a pretty large campaign with several components. Why? Both were great causes. The other reason is that it’s a good way of getting our name out there. We included a credit on both, and it’s introduced us to a couple people who hire or recommend designers. Both organizations were very open to new ideas, so we got to have some fun and freedom. If a designer or developer has the time (and too many of us have too much time), I’d recommend it.