Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Friday, March 26, 2010

In the real world, coming up with a great idea is like leading a marathon at the 3-mile mark.

This is my first-ever guest-submitted headline, but I liked it too much to pass it up. Thanks to Neel Williams, copywriter at The Martin Agency.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Never run away. Only run to.

This is about the misery you may be feeling right now at work. If you run away, you are leaving something behind. Make sure when you run, it’s to something, not just away from what you have.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thank you for reading. I need a break.

I started this daily list of ideas in December, 2007. And it was fun for a while. But recently it has been more of a burden.

Thank you, Andy Pearson and Kasia Haupt, for the inspiration to do this. I have learned a lot about the creative process and about myself over the past 432 posts. Thank you, Rusty, Patrick, Alex, Ashley, Elizabeth, Erin, Jackie from New Zealand and everyone else I haven’t named, for reading, caring and following this blog.

Now go create something great for yourself. Make us all proud.

I will still post to this page, just not daily. So don't delete the RSS feed if you subscribe, and come back every couple of weeks.

Later,
Dan

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Getting a haircut that’s cooler than you are has the paradoxical effect of making you even less cool.

Alternate Headline: Be wary of those whose haircuts are cooler than they are.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Do you know what a browser is, and if so, what’s the home page on the one you use?

I figured every reader of this page would know what a browser is. However, now I’m not so sure. Right after I thought of this week’s question — but before I posted it — I saw this.

Oh, and here is browser use for this blog, as of today:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Don’t make a decision until you absolutely must.

I forget where I heard this. It’s not 100% original.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Approach everyone with lovingkindness, because everyone is carrying some pain.

I can’t claim this as original, only as relevant. I believe it’s a paraphrased Chinese proverb. 

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

“The core skill of innovation is error recovery, not failure avoidance.”

This is a quote from Randy Nelson, Dean of Pixar University.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Not my line and Not Barack Obama’s. It’s Mahatma Gandhi’s.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My DVR is the only piece of technology that actually works for me.

(My cell phone interrupts annoyingly, my computers are cold taskmasters, and my game consoles are gathering dust.)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Is an “other-guy” ad really the best thing you can come up with?

An “Other Guy Ad” (as defined by yours truly) is an ad that features either a world without the product or the competitor’s product. So the whole thing is the opposite of the benefit.

I have grown weary of this creative gimmick / technique / crutch / template / default “solution”.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Before you brainstorm, brandstorm.

(By that I mean talk about the brand and its promise before jumping to ideas for ads and whatnot.)

Friday, October 31, 2008