Rejected!

I received this email a few days ago: “We would like to thank you for submitting your quotation and your interest in being a supplier to XXXXXX. Although your quotation…

Face time

As a work-from-home freelancer, I am pretty content to do most of my work via phone and email. It’s quite satisfying to work in my pajamas and multitask by throwing…

Summer Slowdown

Apparently the whole world is on vacation, except for me. My emails go unanswered. Clients don’t pay bills. Projects languish in semi-completed purgatory. It’s August in New York. And if…

They Call It Mellow Yellow

“Ugh, can we change that yellow to something else?” I received this feedback not once, but twice this week from two different clients. You might think that I love yellow…

Just another desk job

People have a misconception about the life of the designer. I’m here to dispel that myth. (Oh, and yes, I’m fully aware that Edward Tufte and many other info graphic…

No man is an island

“I am a rock! I am an i-i-island,” sang Simon and Garfunkel. My mom told me she had a lame boyfriend once who played that song for her and told…

Love/Hate at Ikea

About 15 years ago my husband and I got into a fight at the Ikea in Elizabeth, NJ. We were not mad at each other really, but the place brought…

Robots Finally Take Over the World

So it’s finally happened: robots are taking over the world. Remember when there was a collective excitement that robots would start doing the boring jobs of humans? We had visions…