“A chef in a restaurant wants his food to be more than edible, he wants it to be delicious. As designers, we should want our websites to be more than usable.” - Stephen Anderson

Joshua Menken

Persistence is the word for the day

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To Be Prepared Is Half The Victory

Miguel was a Spanish writer who was widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language. He wrote about never giving up, and always coming prepared.

dont underestimate experience

Experience is priceless

The story goes: A ship engine failed, and no one could fix it. Then they brought in a man with 40 years on the job. He inspected the engine carefully; top to bottom. After looking things over, the man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He...

Your story is important. Make it yours

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"The more influence you have the less persuasion you have to have."

Joshua Menken

"You can never truly enjoy success if you have never had to struggle."

Joshua Menken

Live your dreams. Build your business.

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Outdoor inspiration.

Sculptures are amazing! I especially liked this one today. [if-insta-text]Photo Caption: Outdoor inspiration. #chicagobotanicgardens #derblog[/if-insta-text] Instagram filter used: Normal Photo taken at: Chicago Botanic Garden View in Instagram ⇒

"The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will." - Andy Warhol

Joshua Menken

A different lens

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Hear the Wild?

Photo Caption: "But can't you hear the Wild? It's calling you. Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us; there's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star a gleam to guide us. And the Wild is calling, calling...let us go." - Robert Service #getoutdoors...

Morning yet?

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The Race

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Unzipping the city

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Coffee is Magical

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Sometimes we are looking for creative ways to reach a place of solitude. Leave it to kids to help with this concept. Instagram filter used: Normal View in Instagram ⇒

Graphic Design.

This pressed upon me that we cannot have all of these at the same time. If we do there is an overlap of consequences that form. Sometimes great design just means more time. Photo Caption: Graphic Design. How would you like it? #greatdesign #properdesigntime Instagram filter used: Normal View in...

“People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole!”

Joshua Menken
art of the pause

Art of the Pause

Let's take a moment and think... You see that wasn't hard. Sometimes in life you must take a pause. Reflect on what has just been told to you. Choose to not come back so quickly with some kind of statement that potentially you may regret, or even worse, could never...

"Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious."

Joshua Menken
Gutenberg Printing Press

From Word to Paper

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1 In all of society I believe that there has never been anything more profound then the act of putting words on paper and being able to distribute those words globally....

“Everything I’ve said so far could be summarized as: make pages which are adaptable.… Designing adaptable pages is designing accessible pages. And perhaps the great promise of the web, far from fulfilled as yet, is accessibility, regardless of difficulties, to information.” - John Allsopp, A Dao of Web Design

Joshua Menken
Time Management

Timing Is Everything

"Every day, every person who draws breath on this earth receives the same amount of time: 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds." - The 5 Love Languages That's a lot of time to complete things, how ever you would like to calculate it. But, how does one actually get everything done...


Word Crimes

I read an article recently on Ted.com about "When Shakespeare Committed Word Crimes."1 It shared thoughts about how he had invented new words and metaphors as he needed them. The culture was changing at that time and his ideas added so much to the English language that we now tend to...

"Design is in everything. In the trees, in the sky and even in you."

Joshua Menken

"Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief."

Joshua Menken