5 Lessons on How I Got Inspired at Create Upstate

This post originally appeared on Felt & Wire. Two weeks ago the Upstate NY AIGA Chapter held its first Design Week and hosted the second annual Create Upstate conference. I was lucky enough to attend through Mohawk and found inspiring and creative takeaways in all of the talks from local designers, developers, and entrepreneurs. Lesson 1: Attention to detail is important, but don’t let that overrule the whole picture. Mitch Goldstein, professor at RIT and co-host of the Through Process podcast, gave a great talk entitled The Trouble with Kerning. Designers can easily get caught up in perfecting every little detail of their work, but the whole picture is important, too. Photo by Sarah Heppell Photography Goldstein showed us works from renowned graphic designers and…

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Experience:Dev at Fresh Tilled Soil in Boston

This past Thursday, Fresh Tilled Soil held an event called Experience:Dev for the first time. The event focused on a closer look at development and UX practices, running teams of developers, and different approaches and dynamics in this field. I attended the conference with a web developer, and found it interesting to be able to compare our experiences and thoughts in between each talk. I was super inspired by all of the talks at this event. I found that the speakers reminded me of major topics in the field, and brought new ideas of company culture, managing remote or local teams, and the importance of communication between teams to the table. I took a few notes but mostly tried to listen and absorb all of…

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My first talk aka AIGA Upstate NY Porfolio Building Workshop

A few weeks ago I was one of the speakers at the Upstate NY AIGA Portfolio Building Workshop held at The Foundry for Arts, Design + Culture in Cohoes, NY. 13 talented designers, educators, artists, and design/creative business owners talked about their experiences in the field relating to hiring, job searching, interviewing, portfolio making, and more. It was a hugely inspiring event, not just for the 80+ design students who attended, but for me, too. Events like this always remind me of why I love doing what I do. There are so many talented designers and creatives out there, and we all have something to learn from each other. This topic of life after college was especially appealing to me,…

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2014 To Do List

2013 was a great year, but it seems like it’s been leading to even great things for 2014. I’ve started making more of a presence professionally in my field; I’m comfortable taking on freelance projects and consulting gigs (and I love it!); and I’m discovering more and more of an amazing community that exists for project managers. I’ve also worked on some personal goals in the past year and accomplished a lot – more on that later. I’m hoping to keep this momentum going in 2014 and accomplish a decently-long list of to dos for the new year: Master Google Analytics (enough to make sense of the oodles of data I have access to at work). I’ve bookmarked free online…

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On “Blogging”

You might notice I’ve changed the title of this page from “blog” to “writing”. Although I lament that I hate writing at every possible chance, I think “writing” is a more accurate term for this section of my website, and a more preferable term for me. Blogging, to me, describes a place where I am expected to post in a timely manner, always refreshing my content and posting lists and roundups and scheduling posts that are planned in an editorial calendar and with a marketing purpose in mind. That’s not me. I don’t want to post according to a schedule – I want to write to make sense of the thoughts and words in my head, when they are relevant…

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Weekend Reading & Tidbits

After a week knocked off my feet by the flu, I’ve had lots of reading to catch up on. Here are a few of my favorite links from the Thanksgiving break as well as this past week: Writing with Experts by Kate Kiefer Lee: This, this this! I happened upon this link from a friend’s tweet and this is one of the best pieces about writing I’ve read lately. I really struggle with writing and can relate to the people Kate talks about working with. I love her take on managing writers and how she proofs work and deals with voice and tone. Frank Chimero’s Writing Advice: I appreciated the simplicity of this! Your Process Isn’t Sacred by Cap Watkins:…

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6 Perils of Project Management

Originally posted at the Digital PM Summit blog. I became a project manager after working as a SEO technician for a few months. Going from the serene, quiet environment of research and coding all day to a client-facing position with meetings and phone calls all day was quite the change! In my first few months as a project manager, I quickly learned many things the hard way. As I’ve progressed in my career, I’ve remembered those lessons and realized they are universal to project management. Here are 6 of the perils I encountered and struggle with every day. 1. Over or under communicating. When I took my first job as an assistant project manager, I was suddenly on the receivingend of…

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dpm2013 – The Project Management Community

A few weeks ago something called the Digital PM Summit took place in Philadelphia, the first conference for managers of digital projects. I read about it too late to physically be there, but I’ve followed all of the coverage leading up to the conference, during the conference, and now all of the great roundups being posted by PMs who participated in this event (in person or remotely!). The goal of the Summit was to foster and celebrate a group of people who have been traditionally underserved in support of their profession. It seems like this was the push the PM community needed to form just that – a community. The #dpm2013 tag on Twitter seems to still be going strong…

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Welcome

Welcome to the third or fourth reincarnation of this blog! I’ve gone from writing about my general experiences in grad school, to travel blogging, to food blogging, now to professional/career blogging. I love drawing the lines between what I do and what I’m learning from it every day – and  I think this is a great way to do it. Given the recent Digital Project Management Summit and all of the coverage that was generated from it (including a number of great DPM Summit Roundups, which I covered as well), I find it an inspiring time to start documenting my thoughts as a project manager, what I’ve learned along the way, and what I’m still learning. This summer I made a…

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