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12.29.2016  / Vignette #1: Get to the Point

When presenting to executives, there are things that work and things that fall flat. Get to your point quickly, and you’ll avoid the trap that most presenters fall into. See more hilarious presentation lessons at or our YouTube channel. Or, send Bob and Finn a quick note on Twitter (@BobandFinn) to let them know […] Continue Reading

Business / Delivery / / Video

04.28.2010  /  

Review: Muppets and Tweets

During a recent vacation to visit family in Pennsylvania, my husband and I made a side-trip to New York City to see the Jim Henson Company’s production of Stuffed and Unstrung. (Think: live improv comedy + Henson puppets + adults only) The show was hilarious, and I definitely recommend it, but one aspect of the […] Continue Reading

Technology / Tips

11.12.2009  /  

Visualizing the Sun Food Agenda with Michael Pollan

Duarte had the distinct pleasure of working with bestselling author Michael Pollan to turn his ideas about sustainability and food systems into a visual presentation for the PopTech conference last month. Plan to eat your lunch in front of the computer today so you can enjoy his presentation: It’s rare that we’ll work with such […] Continue Reading

Business / Delivery / Video

06.26.2009  /  

Judging Books by Their Covers

Ready for a quick design lesson? Click on the picture to go to Joseph Sullivan’s list of Favorite Book Covers for 2008. (That one’s my favorite, by the way.) Now, imagine you wrote a book this year. And your book just entered the market, along with the 172,000 other books published in the U.S. that […] Continue Reading

Business / Design

05.26.2009  /  

Tips for Wrangling Committees

We recently completed a high-profile product launch presentation for a client. (No, it wasn’t the video above, but very similar!)  When I reviewed my notes after the product launch, I discovered some important lessons about committee-wrangling. Near the end of our three-month engagement, the launch date looming closer, I felt anxious about the flurry of […] Continue Reading


05.08.2009  /  

When to Hire a Professional Designer

My dad is a handyman. Not professionally, but a handyman just the same. He can fix anything: cars, lawnmowers, leaky faucets, washing machines, kitchen cabinets, roofs, fences, and just about anything with wires sticking out of it. He fixes things and he builds things. He tinkers with things, takes them apart, learns how they work, […] Continue Reading

Business / Design

04.03.2009  /  

Rooftops and French Fries

I had a nice moment today when I walked by the whiteboard outside my cube. It contained a schematic of the proposed new work area for the content development team here at Duarte. The proposed space was directly above Nancy’s office, on the roof of the building, and many of my Duarte colleagues had added […] Continue Reading


02.18.2009  /  

Lessons from TED: 5 Simple Tweaks

Besides being a daily source of inspiration for many of us at Duarte, this year’s TED Conference also gave us a chance to flex some of our creative muscles and turn out a variety of nice presentations. Since we enjoyed working on these projects so much, we thought you might appreciate seeing how we approached […] Continue Reading

Design / Strategy