With the caveat that the world is a mess and I’m ridiculously fortunate to have THIS as a blog post, I’ll say humbly that I’ve spent a lot of the last five months while working at home getting my digital life in order, one small bit at a time.
With the spread of the novel coronavirus affecting everything from travel to the availability of toilet paper, mitigating COVID-19 in the United States has become a growing issue. Under a recent order from the City of San Antonio, non-essential businesses are now required to close their doors and send their employees to work remotely until the virus can be slowed. Here at Texas Creative, we have followed the city’s orders and are now working remotely along with countless other businesses.
When we first read about the Coronavirus epidemic, I’m sure we didn’t think much more about it. The distance between us and the origin of the virus was great, and nothing could happen to any of us because we are in the United States. This couldn’t have been further from the truth and there are many ways this affects our country directly as well as indirectly.
When the idea first hit me to try my hand at starting a business, it was 1985. Ronald Reagan was president, a gallon of gas was $1.09, the Bears won the Super Bowl, CDs were new, the first version of Windows was released and the Titanic was found. And oh yeah, the first Macintosh computer was introduced the year before and the word on the street was that it’s going to have a profound impact on the industry we work in. What an understatement and what a time it was.
Whether you’re fresh out of college, or have been in the workforce for 20+ years, the first day at a new job can be scary, yet exciting. There’s so much to look forward to – a new chance to make a great first impression, new responsibilities to help you grow in your career path, new professional connections who could turn into friends, and even a new (and clean) desk.
Pursuing a higher level of work performance, respect among coworkers and just plain fun.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone appreciates people who do awesome things, especially when it applies to the people that they work with. At Texas Creative, we’ve had an “Awesome Program” in place for years that’s designed to give our employees a platform for venting their appreciation of a coworker’s awesome work performance. It’s a way for the employee to say “thank you” to a coworker and recognize the good work that they did by documenting it for the Awesome Program.
Vintage badges – they’re as popular today as ever. In fact, I wonder if they should really be considered “vintage,” if they’ve never gone out of style?
Badges can add authenticity, a level of trust, and an established feel to a brand. Designers have a number of tools in Adobe Illustrator to tackle the task of creating a badge. In this video tutorial, I’ll explain why my advice is to resist your instincts and never touch the star tool when you set off to create one.