Thursday, June 09, 2011
Over at Salon is an article called, "When a Designer Should Turn Down a Client." Despite its rather narrow focus, I think it holds lessons for almost anyone, particularly those who do any kind of freelance work, or who have wide latitude in choosing what kinds of projects to focus on. Here's the opening paragraph:
The failure most of us frequently face in the business of design? The failure to recognize that a client project is something you should decline. Here are common situations where working designers fail to decline an opportunity that may be a poor fit.Later on:
You will be continually thrown opportunities you don't really need or have the depth of knowledge to fulfill well. You need to be prepared to walk away gracefully as part of any ongoing negotiation. So you've recognized that you should be declining a prospective project. How do you do it?I can think of quite a few instances I could have used advice like that found in this piece. Read the whole thing.
Can the NFL lockout help the New Orleans Saints? It sounds like it: "'Players around the league look at the lockout differently,' [linebacker Jonathan] Vilma told me. 'Some see the lockout as a time to relax. Some see it as a time to heal from serious injury. Some see it as a time to party. We're definitely not in that last category.'"
Australian columnist Richard Glover starts off saying that global warming "deniers" should be forcibly tatooed -- only to back off before using fellow leftists who "relish climate change" as a foil. The whole piece is a distraction from the one dangerous "boneheaded belief" that goes unquestioned: That unlimited government power can be anything but dangerous.
They report this like it's a bad thing: "US Said to Be Falling Behind in Green Tech." The auto industry roared into life without government "encouragement," so perhaps the failure of this hothouse flower of an industry here is telling us something.