Had a great couple of days in Corpus Christi, Texas hanging out with the Bay Area Fellowship Multisite Campus team and wanted to post some of the photos. We toured five out of their eight campuses and all were uniquely setup while offering a consistent BAF experience. Thanks again to John Atkinson, Brandon Cunningham and Joey Davila for being excellent hosts. These guys took a day and a half out of their schedules to give us an excellent multisite experience! Amazing. Check it out via Flickr below.
Still amazes me that the Android OS smartphone is still leading in market share. Just for fun I redrew the chart (download eps, 393k). The data is from Nielson and article from Engaget. Enjoy.
Why do you think Android is leading Apple’s iPhone and how long will Blackberry last?
If you or someone you know is struggling to drum up business, probably the last thing they need is a new logo, website or a costly marketing effort. I have seen too many small businesses and even larger organizations invest a good chunk of change into their image only to end up at the same place they started — struggling.
Spending any amount of time or money for your appearance will do nothing if your product or service is not offering value. It’s like wanting to tap into the trading and marketing industry so you spend $1,200 on a suit and another $600 on a briefcase and stand on Wall Street and hope you bump into a trading executive that will give you a foot in the door. Doesn’t make sense, does it? Sure, you may look professional but more than likely you are going to just look like your someone standing around in an expensive suit doing nothing.
This is fresh on my mind because I recently developed an identity package and website for a home builder that is having trouble finding new business. Never-mind the residential housing market is in the toilet and most people already know a homebuilder they like and trust. They have been in the area for more than 25 years and have no significant stream of business, no referrals. Absolutely no word of mouth. Odd right? Something isn’t adding up. Either they are not offering a product that people want or their processes are just too complex or painful to hold interest. Want to know how to kill your business? Be complicated, be painful and don’t worry about finding that one thing that people are interested in.
Save your money for fueling momentum instead of trying to create a spark. You will know when your product or service is solid — you won’t be asking for help to drum up business, you will be asking for help in improving it or fueling it. Also, with the money that you saved, buy the book Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson. It will probably save you thousands more.
Know anyone who had to learn this lesson the hard way or is about to? Feedback
Ah the good old days. Sam Houston State University. So many great memories. Got the first full-time design gig as a graphic designer with the Student Activities department. I also transitioned studies from Graphic Design to Marketing and Mass Communications and where I met my beautiful wife! Sam was alot of fun in so many ways. On the design side we really got to touch everything from; events, clubs, fraternities, sororities, recreational sports and athletics. Even cooler is SHSU has it’s own printing press, got a lot of press experience back then. Also, I have to throw in Myra and i built our first websites together I guess it was 1996 and the coolest part, the domain name registration was FREE of charge. The Internet was such a strange thing back then!
Check out that sweet logo on #32′s helmet. Yes sir. I designed that bad boy, I guess it was in 1997.
I still remember the day I found out that Sam was looking to redo their logo mark for the athletics department. Thoughts of the logo being painted on football helmets, jersies and the field was pretty cool I have to admit.
Fast-forward about 5 years and the pizza guy shows up at the front door wearing the new SH/Kat logo on his cap. That next week me, Myra, Blake and now Colby jumped in the car and headed up to Huntsvegas (Huntsville) and picked up some new gear. I am always tempted to send some apparel art and get it on the racks. Maybe we can get a design contest started for best use, most creative and most popular apparel and part of the proceeds go towards SHSU Art Program college scholarships!
link here: http://www.shsu.edu
logo here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Houston_State_University
Great job, once again to Apple. The ad featured on the New York Times site, NYTimes.com kicks some serious butt. Very very cool, very effective. Talk about creating brand awareness, reinforcement, loyalty and buzz. Hopefully this stays up for a while. Good stuff. The Internet is evolving, seriously, just turn off your computer for a few weeks then turn it back on and take note of the change. It is that fast.