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New Jar Features — Queue Updates + Weekly Reports

For those of you who don’t know, JAR is the name of the primary software behind Design Pickle, the unlimited graphic design service I founded. Like a pickle jar. Get it? JAR also stands for Just. A. Request. Product updates come in a few flavors. On the one hand, you have the beauty and grace of

Creating Human Connection

From the early days of Design Pickle, there has been a lot of attention put towards our international design team. While most people are indifferent as to where their designer lives, many people express strong feelings against the idea of working with someone outside of the US. Last year this issue came up enough I

The Design Industry Is Shifting. Don’t Be Left Behind.

About once every two months a negative comment directed at Design Pickle emerges. Usually, in the form of a Facebook or blog comment, they take on the (roughly) same argument that somehow we are destroying the sanctity of graphic design with our business model. For example: Here’s a comment after my interview on the Less Doing podcast:

My Secret to Sanity. Routines.

Sites like My Morning Routine make me laugh. It seems most entries are from single, young and/or kid-free individuals reflecting on the optimal window to drink black tea after their sunrise meditation session. Here is a great example from the site: “I usually wake up around 8:30 am, without an alarm, and the first thing I do

How hard do you hustle?

What is hustle? This photo sums it all up: Yup, that’s me, dressed as a pickle. I spent two days handing out 360 pickles, promoting our service and actually having a great time. At the time, the ICON sponsorship was more money than we had. We were less than 2 months old and barely cash

Five Start Up Lessons I Learned From Mr. Rogers

Last week my 3-year-old daughter, Reese, discovered the classic PBS show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Happiness surged through my heart as she sat entranced by the same show that taught a generation — my generation — how to live a life filled with kindness and curiosity. Over the years Reese has shown a great affinity for live

Mission, Vision, Values. Sit Back. Let’s Talk.

It’s time we talk about your values. How many times have you heard about a company’s mission, vision, and values (MVV)? If you’ve been an entrepreneur for any amount of time these terms either hit home or make you groan. Admittedly, most of us are in the latter camp. A result of one too many lame

The concept of coaching is insane. Or so I thought.

At first glance, the concept of coaching is a bit insane. Pay $100 to $1000 an hour to talk to an individual who asks you a bunch of questions, and you end up providing most of the answers. Rarely do they have an academic degree or any certification and your outcome is anything but certain.

Grow some pickles.

Last week I hosted an event with the Arizona Tech Council titled The 5 Foundations of a Profitable Creative Culture. The primary crux of the presentation was to explore how creativity can lead to real profits. When I say creativity, I don’t mean a bunch of hipsters coming up with viral YouTube videos. I mean a business culture

So I Bought A Company…

Late last year, an attractive opportunity surfaced with a tool we use and love every day, YesInsights. The software is a dead simple way to collect customer feedback, even NPS scores. If you are a Design Pickle client, you have received many emails built with YesInsights. By the way, thank you for always responding to every… single… one 😉