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Videos Highlights from BlogHer 2010…Finally!

My videos from the Blogalicious Party at BlogHer ’10 are finally up and ready to view. Let me just say that Blogalicious knows how to throw a party like no other. They hired break dancers and a dj who came equipped more than even the other parties. Enjoy!

MVI 2913 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2915 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2916 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2917 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2921 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2922 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2923 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2929 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

MVI 2932 from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

Video: Creative Freelancer Conference Breakfast Roundtable – Growing Your Team, When is the Time?

Over the weekend, I attended the Creative Freelancer Conference (CFC) along with another 149 designers, copywriters, photographers, illustrators and creative entrepreneurs. The energy was great and I got to see all the friends I made last year. It was two days of sessions about client management, creativity and small business finances. In so many words, it was a good kick in the butt and a great check up to see how I’m doing.

I also had a wonderful opportunity to lead a breakfast round table on the second day of the conference. It was loosely named, Growing your team: when is the right time to start collaborating with others? I covered the subject matter in a previous post, When Did Your Super Woman or Super Man Costume Get Too Tight? The core issue we covered was trying to understand when it’s best partner up with others in order to free up your time as a solo creative. We told horror stories and I had the participants complete a worksheet to determine what their best skills and their sucky skills are.

Creative Freelancer 2010 – Breakfast Roundtable – When to Start Growing & Collaborating w/Others from Tricia Okin on Vimeo.

On the worksheet we calculated how much it was costing them to keep trying to monopolize the part of the project with their sucky skills instead of just partnering up with someone who does it better than them. It was eye opening to say the least. All of participants found their regular rates dropped in half when they insisted on doing a task that with a mediocre skill level.

At the bottom of the work sheet, I asked the question, “What would you rather be doing instead of suffering?”. The time saved by collaborating with others can easily be put towards looking for more clients, learning the skills you actually do need, working on art or spending time with family. Download the worksheet and try working through it to see how much time and money you could be saving by collaborating with others.

Download the PDF
Download the Word .doc

What are your numbers? What would you rather be doing?

Thanks so much to Ilise Benun of Marketing Mentor & Heather Griffin of F+W Media/How Magazine for offering the opportunity for me to facilitate this discussion. And double thanks to the participants in the round table:

Jenn de la Fuente, Rosebud Designs
Maureen Uy, Uy Creative
Matt Rhodes, Fox Fire Creative
Joshua Veteto, Type Cycle
Kim Green, KG Cre8tive
Laurie Shields, Laurie Shields Design
Sabine Lenz, Paper Specs

Summer To Do List: Get it All Done by Fall…

I don’t know about you all but I have a lot going on this summer. So much so, that I started what I call my Summer Happy Fun Time To Do List™ to just get it all out of my head and down on (digital) paper. After this, I’m going to plot all this out on a real live calendar so I can get a spatial feel for the season. There’s nothing like using a real calendar to see you have 4 deadlines or events all one day. Also, because I’m concurrently in school for my MFA while running a business, it kind of feels like I’m “on summer vacation” when that’s entirely not true. At all. Doing this will help me balance out a design practice mixed with an academic practice. On to the show, here’s what is swimming around my head for the summer…

Ongoing Throughout Summer:

– land 4 new projects
– make something every day
– finish Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton
– finish 2 other interaction design books
– conquer Drupal
– upload all my photos to Flickr from last 3 years
– do user research for thesis
– purge 20% more of my books & papers, aka de-clutter
MFA Design & Technology summer thesis assignment

May:

– enjoy my vacation to Brussels, Belgium (with a day trip to Paris and a couple of days in Malmo, Sweden!)
– web site launch
– thesis user research
– read Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky (CEO & Founder of Behance.com)

June:

– finish Brooklyn Urban Homesteaders Unite project & user test (click for a click through demo)
– start practicing yoga
– start the Design Procedures class at School of Visual Arts Continuing Ed
Creative Freelancer Conference in Denver, 6/4 – 6/7 (I’m hosting a breakfast round table!)
#TechMunch NYC Food bloggers workshop, 6/10
– quarterly taxes, 6/15
Design for Drupal in Boston, 6/19 – 6/20

July:

– finish applying for grants and scholarships for thesis year
– design an iPhone/iPad app (interface only)
– learn how to swim at the Y
– launch Brooklyn Urban Homesteaders Unite

August:

BlogHer ’10 Conference in NYC – 8/6 – 8/7
– Fall promo project for papercut
– streamline all my blogs
– Final launch of web site
– squeeze out one last weekend away before school starts again
– drink to my awesomeness and not be disappointed if I don’t finish all of it.

So, dear readers, what’s on your Summer Happy Fun Time To Do List™? Do you need help with any of it? If so, feel free to ping me and let’s figure out how we can work together.