The place where we share all our stories, ideas, insights, highlights, announcements, events, tips and tricks. Read on.

08.29.2008  /  

Tricks for Getting to the Core of Your Story (Part 1)

So you have a topic for a presentation and you’re ready to start building slides in PowerPoint, right? Not so fast. Before you reach for that mouse, you might want to spend some time getting your story straight. After all, presentations are basically just stories. And great presentations always come from great stories. At Duarte, […] Continue Reading


08.26.2008  /  

Webinar, Seminar and Stuff, oh My!

The last webinar I did for VizThink had almost 12,000 people watch it. Man, folks are hungry for really great presentations. Here’s a podcast they did with me yesterday. It was a different experience to navigate through a PDF instead of having slides. So for the upcoming VizThink webinar, I’ll be presenting with three folks […] Continue Reading

Business / Message

08.25.2008  /  

Use a Brainstorm Before You Open PowerPoint!

We’ve all heard it before… “the presentation is due tomorrow, and you have to pull together the content, QUICK!” Deadlines can make you feel like you have to cut corners and eliminate some very important steps in your creative process, but try to start all projects with at least a quick brainstorm. Pulling four of […] Continue Reading


08.22.2008  /  

Seeing the Invisible

I rarely treat myself to fiction due to the pile of business books looming on my desk. But this summer I read People Magazine’s must-read fiction book of the summer called The Shack. Toward the end of the book there’s a scene where the main character is introduced to what it might look like if […] Continue Reading

Book Reviews / Delivery / Message / Strategy

08.19.2008  /  

Organizing Information Is Finite

One of my favorite books in my library is Information Anxiety 2 written by Richard Saul Wurman. Richard not only founded TED but also hosts another intriguing conference called eg hosted in Monterey, CA in early December.  In an era of exploding information, Mr. Wurman brings clarity and process to information design. He introduces the […] Continue Reading

Book Reviews / Design

08.14.2008  /  

Look Better Naked

How Simple Sells Presentations are ubiquitous; they exist in many mediums, across every size of business. You can often find inspiration from what works and lessons from what doesn’t in unexpected places. For example, there’s a tiny fitness facility in a strip mall near my house. For some time, I’ve been amused by its dense […] Continue Reading

Design / Message

08.11.2008  /  

Puke Stories

My Boy Scouting days are a long way off, but I keep finding little bits of learning from that time period lodged in the darker recesses of my brain. I never thought that the cold evenings we spent huddled around damp, smoky campfires listening to each other tell stories would have had such relevance two […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Message

08.07.2008  /  

Things to See and Do

If you’re a denizen of the Bay Area or will be in town before August 17, I’d highly recommend the Oakland Museum of California’s current exhibit, Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury. I’ve always been a huge fan of mid-century modern and the international style movement from which it sprang, […] Continue Reading


08.06.2008  /  

Images Recall Stories

My Grandma Fern lived a full life of love, wit, and simplicity. Gram wasn’t a “stuff” person. She had simple treasures like stained tea cups and old dusty books. So, when Gram died earlier this year, my Mom carefully sorted through what little she had and personally selected small tokens she felt each of her […] Continue Reading