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Jeff’s Weekly Review July 14-18

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Here I am back again for another weekly review. Are you readers getting any value out of these reviews? I’m not sure. It’s good for ME to do them to stay organized, but what is in it for our readers? What do you think? Should I keep posting them?

Anyway, I’ll post what I did last week:

  • I’ve stopped using the Action Notebooks to log my daily to-do lists. Why? Because I’m trying Outlook 2007′s task management feature. It’s easier for me to see what I have and haven’t done and I get reminders. I always have Outlook open, so it’s handy. I will still use the Action Notebooks for organizing larger projects with multiple tasks though. I still keep it open on my desk for note taking though.
  • I spent time editing and making Bill’s latest article about Moving Beyond Freelancing look a little nicer.
  • I’ve been trying to promote Adam’s 8-bit tutorial on various tutorial websites.
  • Started Development of Vector Pack 12. Adam Wagner is taking the lead on it and he’s assigned our designers here specific tasks relating to the packs. This is kind of a first. Normally we would have pack ideas floating around and people would work on them when we had time. But now we’re finally getting things official. We plan to have a calendar that has release dates for all new products. Which I might make available to our readers. Confirmed packs for the next set are:Japanese Style art (not sure what to call it), 8-bit pack (our first color vector pack!), Linework 2, Scrolls 2, Seamless Halftones, Guts/Slime, and Zombies

    And don’t worry, all you folks who wanted Robots in the suggestions thread will get them in Pack 13. We didn’t want to have too many “centerpiece” designs this time. So it was either Zombies or Robots. Zombies won this time.

  • Kept working on this huge article I’m writing about Awful Mistakes Designers in the music/apparel industry make. Should go up this week. I think you’ll enjoy it. Might be kinda controversial though. But you can comment on the post once it’s up.
  • At Go Media, we had our first bi-weekly meeting. We all think meetings in general are time-wasters where people chit chat and gossip. But when they have a goal and focus, they help get stuff done. Since our office is currently split on two levels – top floor, bottom floor – I never really get to see the folks downstairs. And vice versa. It’s good meeting every two weeks so we can catch up on what everyone’s working on what priorities need to be addressed for the next two weeks. It’s going well so far.
  • Released Dave’s new font Go Vandal. It’s awesome. We know it’s impossible to replicate a real handstyle with all the subtle nuances of real graffiti. But we all know Dave’s got excellent technique and was able to create what we think is the best graffiti font available. If you can find a better one let us know. It comes with a Vector Pack of all the letters and some drips and arrows so you can arrange them in a non-standard way that fits your design better than just typing it out.
  • We currently have 510 members and 1,126 entries in our Go Media User Showcase Gallery. Originally we wanted people to show off what they created in Go Media’s Arsenal. But I have since felt people should post non-arsenal related work as well. I haven’t done a showcase highlight in a while, so I should do another this week.

Did a shirt design for Trivium that’s pretty weird. I hope they like it. I can’t show you yet, but here’s a preview:

Trivium Preview

That’s it, what did you get accomplished this week? And let me know your honest opinion of these reviews. Should I keep going or not?

Oh btw, if you want a more detailed and “real time” view of the stuff I get done at Go Media, then following me on Twitter is a good idea.

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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  • Fundamental Designs

    Jeff – love the weekly updates. Let’s me know how much of a slacker I am when I read about you kicking tail! :) In all seriousness though, as an entry-level/part-time/amateur designer, I love reading about how the masters occupy their schedules. Would love to hear more about specific workflow stuff, maybe how you pair up software, etc. to accomplish some of these tasks! Keep up the arse-kicking!

  • Luke [Saouke]

    Hi Jeff;
    Just thought you ought to know about Mozilla Thunderbird and an addon it has available for it called Lightning. It gives the same sort of ‘task management’ thing that Outlook has, but without the Microsoft annoyances! You should give it a try, if you haven’t in the past.
    I use it just because I’ve always found Outlook to be annoying – and it never worked properly with hotmail. (Theres another plug in for Thunderbird which allows you to use hotmail and all the other webmail’s out there).

    Anyway, I love reading these little reviews your posting, it’s nice to have an insight into the runnings of a design agency, and I’ve always loved your illustrations :D

    Luke

  • Luke [Saouke]

    Hi Jeff;
    Just thought you ought to know about Mozilla Thunderbird and an addon it has available for it called Lightning. It gives the same sort of ‘task management’ thing that Outlook has, but without the Microsoft annoyances! You should give it a try, if you haven’t in the past.
    I use it just because I’ve always found Outlook to be annoying – and it never worked properly with hotmail. (Theres another plug in for Thunderbird which allows you to use hotmail and all the other webmail’s out there).

    Anyway, I love reading these little reviews your posting, it’s nice to have an insight into the runnings of a design agency, and I’ve always loved your illustrations :D

    Luke

  • http://www.patdryburgh.net Pat

    Hey Jeff,

    I’m not sure knowing that you started editing a blog post to make it look nicer helps all that much, however what this list does do is give insight into some of the things that you see as a priority in your business. Things like initiating a bi-weekly meeting, starting to better organize the vector arsenal development, etc.

    Also, it’s inspired me to start my own list which I’ve done on my blog. It’s cool to keep myself accountable in such an open and public format.

    I hope you keep doing these updates, as it’s cool to see a sort of “insiders” view of what goes on at Go Media.

  • http://www.patdryburgh.net Pat

    Hey Jeff,

    I’m not sure knowing that you started editing a blog post to make it look nicer helps all that much, however what this list does do is give insight into some of the things that you see as a priority in your business. Things like initiating a bi-weekly meeting, starting to better organize the vector arsenal development, etc.

    Also, it’s inspired me to start my own list which I’ve done on my blog. It’s cool to keep myself accountable in such an open and public format.

    I hope you keep doing these updates, as it’s cool to see a sort of “insiders” view of what goes on at Go Media.

  • http://www.hectic-clothing.com Airgasm

    Keep up the weekly updates.

  • http://www.hectic-clothing.com Airgasm

    Keep up the weekly updates.

  • Matthew

    Hey Jeff,
    Love these updates and other posts. They’ve been really insightful for myself and business partners. We just started out 2 years ago and have really appreciated the insight, lessons learned and other tips. So, we say keep em coming. We love it. Look forward to the Robots as well!

    Cheers.

  • http://www.fuelyourcreativity.com adelle

    Jeff, I think it’s a great thing and you should keep doing it! It actually inspires me as well (I like reading about what types of productivity tools people use)…Might just have to do that too!

  • http://www.fuelyourcreativity.com adelle

    Jeff, I think it’s a great thing and you should keep doing it! It actually inspires me as well (I like reading about what types of productivity tools people use)…Might just have to do that too!

  • http://coghillcartooning.com George Coghill

    The weekly review idea is interesting, I like it. I think I just got inspired to do my own as well. Keep it up!

  • http://coghillcartooning.com George Coghill

    The weekly review idea is interesting, I like it. I think I just got inspired to do my own as well. Keep it up!

  • Mike

    Please make your links open up in a new page. Much easier to stay with the original site that way. Clicking the mouse sooooo many times to get back to the original page is too much effort!! LOL!
    Keep up the good work!!!

  • Mike

    Please make your links open up in a new page. Much easier to stay with the original site that way. Clicking the mouse sooooo many times to get back to the original page is too much effort!! LOL!
    Keep up the good work!!!

  • Mike

    Please make your links open up in a new page. Much easier to stay with the original site that way. Clicking the mouse sooooo many times to get back to the original page is too much effort!! LOL!
    Keep up the good work!!!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Kim

    I always like to read the weekly reviews. But then again I like to read anything that you post! ;-)

  • http://www.gomedia.us Kim

    I always like to read the weekly reviews. But then again I like to read anything that you post! ;-)

  • http://www.gomedia.us Kim

    I always like to read the weekly reviews. But then again I like to read anything that you post! ;-)

  • http://www.behance.net/betterthanhuman betterthanhuman

    I love the updates. It gives me a little inspiration while showing me how much time I’m obviously wasting.
    Maybe I’ll start doing the same thing so I can track my productivity…

  • http://www.behance.net/betterthanhuman betterthanhuman

    I love the updates. It gives me a little inspiration while showing me how much time I’m obviously wasting.
    Maybe I’ll start doing the same thing so I can track my productivity…

  • http://www.behance.net/betterthanhuman betterthanhuman

    I love the updates. It gives me a little inspiration while showing me how much time I’m obviously wasting.
    Maybe I’ll start doing the same thing so I can track my productivity…

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    The Trivium shirt looks pretty badass. Well, the little bit that you posted, at any rate.

    The weekly reviews are pretty. I say keep ‘em coming. It’s always cool to hear whats coming down the pike.

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    The Trivium shirt looks pretty badass. Well, the little bit that you posted, at any rate.

    The weekly reviews are pretty. I say keep ‘em coming. It’s always cool to hear whats coming down the pike.

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    The Trivium shirt looks pretty badass. Well, the little bit that you posted, at any rate.

    The weekly reviews are pretty. I say keep ‘em coming. It’s always cool to hear whats coming down the pike.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Liz Hunt

    When I fire up the ‘zine on Monday morning and click over to your Weekly Review, I’m always like: “Shit, it’s 10:35 and I bet Jeff’s already got like 472 things done — I gotta stop reading this and address my b’ness!”

    I always think that one day you’ll show up to work with a crazy-ass- Indiana-Jones whip and beat some work ethic into all of us. This usually pumps enough fear into my veins to keep me on track. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Anonymous

    I really like the weekly posts! When you started them a few weeks ago, I started using the action pad (mainly b/c you suggested it) and really like it… my yellow legal pad is gathering dust AND I’m better organized! Anyways, keep them up! I’m sure it help tons of people!

  • Anonymous

    I really like the weekly posts! When you started them a few weeks ago, I started using the action pad (mainly b/c you suggested it) and really like it… my yellow legal pad is gathering dust AND I’m better organized! Anyways, keep them up! I’m sure it help tons of people!

  • Tiffany

    I really like the weekly posts! When you started them a few weeks ago, I started using the action pad (mainly b/c you suggested it) and really like it… my yellow legal pad is gathering dust AND I’m better organized! Anyways, keep them up! I’m sure it help tons of people!

  • http://www.dunlapstudios.com Drew

    Keep up the updates. It lets all of us dreamers know what it’s like to work at Go Media.

    P.S. I’m way stoked about guts, slime and zombies!

  • http://www.dunlapstudios.com Drew

    Keep up the updates. It lets all of us dreamers know what it’s like to work at Go Media.

    P.S. I’m way stoked about guts, slime and zombies!

  • http://www.dunlapstudios.com Drew

    Keep up the updates. It lets all of us dreamers know what it’s like to work at Go Media.

    P.S. I’m way stoked about guts, slime and zombies!

  • Fundamental Designs

    Jeff – love the weekly updates. Let’s me know how much of a slacker I am when I read about you kicking tail! :) In all seriousness though, as an entry-level/part-time/amateur designer, I love reading about how the masters occupy their schedules. Would love to hear more about specific workflow stuff, maybe how you pair up software, etc. to accomplish some of these tasks! Keep up the arse-kicking!

  • Matthew

    Hey Jeff,
    Love these updates and other posts. They’ve been really insightful for myself and business partners. We just started out 2 years ago and have really appreciated the insight, lessons learned and other tips. So, we say keep em coming. We love it. Look forward to the Robots as well!

    Cheers.

  • Matthew

    Hey Jeff,
    Love these updates and other posts. They’ve been really insightful for myself and business partners. We just started out 2 years ago and have really appreciated the insight, lessons learned and other tips. So, we say keep em coming. We love it. Look forward to the Robots as well!

    Cheers.

  • LizHunt

    When I fire up the ‘zine on Monday morning and click over to your Weekly Review, I’m always like: “Shit, it’s 10:35 and I bet Jeff’s already got like 472 things done — I gotta stop reading this and address my b’ness!”

    I always think that one day you’ll show up to work with a crazy-ass- Indiana-Jones whip and beat some work ethic into all of us. This usually pumps enough fear into my veins to keep me on track. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • LizHunt

    When I fire up the ‘zine on Monday morning and click over to your Weekly Review, I’m always like: “Shit, it’s 10:35 and I bet Jeff’s already got like 472 things done — I gotta stop reading this and address my b’ness!”

    I always think that one day you’ll show up to work with a crazy-ass- Indiana-Jones whip and beat some work ethic into all of us. This usually pumps enough fear into my veins to keep me on track. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    Thanks everyone, glad to see support. It’s funny that my weekly review gets more comments than some of our tutorials!

    Now keep in mind, this is just the stuff that I personally get done. There are like 13 other people at Go Media getting stuff done every day. I wish I could stay up on what they’re doing! Maybe I can get a few more people to post their reviews with me and we’ll add them to this post.

    The review is a good chance for us to kinda promote our older articles or new products. You guys know we have to do that from time to time so nothing goes to waste!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    Thanks everyone, glad to see support. It’s funny that my weekly review gets more comments than some of our tutorials!

    Now keep in mind, this is just the stuff that I personally get done. There are like 13 other people at Go Media getting stuff done every day. I wish I could stay up on what they’re doing! Maybe I can get a few more people to post their reviews with me and we’ll add them to this post.

    The review is a good chance for us to kinda promote our older articles or new products. You guys know we have to do that from time to time so nothing goes to waste!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @Luke – I was a Thunderbird/Lightning user for 2-3 years. I swore by it. I loved how Lightning synched up with Google Calendar. The only reason we switched to Outlook is because our email is now hosted with Microsoft Exchange. Our email was literally taking up 90% of our bandwith on gomedia.us. That’s just insane. So we moved it and it’s nice in a lot of ways. Obviously, Outlook’s far from perfect, but I’m enjoying it so far.

    @Mike – Having links open in a new page is generally a no-no these days. People like to have control over where new links open up, be it in a new browser window, new tab, or in the same tab. I use Firefox 3, so I middle mouse click all links while I read so they open in new tabs without shifting focus away from the article.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @Luke – I was a Thunderbird/Lightning user for 2-3 years. I swore by it. I loved how Lightning synched up with Google Calendar. The only reason we switched to Outlook is because our email is now hosted with Microsoft Exchange. Our email was literally taking up 90% of our bandwith on gomedia.us. That’s just insane. So we moved it and it’s nice in a lot of ways. Obviously, Outlook’s far from perfect, but I’m enjoying it so far.

    @Mike – Having links open in a new page is generally a no-no these days. People like to have control over where new links open up, be it in a new browser window, new tab, or in the same tab. I use Firefox 3, so I middle mouse click all links while I read so they open in new tabs without shifting focus away from the article.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @Luke – I was a Thunderbird/Lightning user for 2-3 years. I swore by it. I loved how Lightning synched up with Google Calendar. The only reason we switched to Outlook is because our email is now hosted with Microsoft Exchange. Our email was literally taking up 90% of our bandwith on gomedia.us. That’s just insane. So we moved it and it’s nice in a lot of ways. Obviously, Outlook’s far from perfect, but I’m enjoying it so far.

    @Mike – Having links open in a new page is generally a no-no these days. People like to have control over where new links open up, be it in a new browser window, new tab, or in the same tab. I use Firefox 3, so I middle mouse click all links while I read so they open in new tabs without shifting focus away from the article.

  • Mike

    Jeff…thanks for the mouse click tip! That is so cool!!

  • Mike

    Jeff…thanks for the mouse click tip! That is so cool!!

  • Mike

    Jeff…thanks for the mouse click tip! That is so cool!!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Liz Hunt

    To add to Jeff’s comment about mouse-clicking links: for all you faithful mac users, you can apple + click a link in a browser to have it open in a new tab or window. For a PC it’s the same deal, only ctrl + click.

  • http://www.colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    Jeff, everybody knows that robots always beat zombies. But in all seriousness, I think the weekly reviews are good.

  • http://www.colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    Jeff, everybody knows that robots always beat zombies. But in all seriousness, I think the weekly reviews are good.

  • http://www.colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    Jeff, everybody knows that robots always beat zombies. But in all seriousness, I think the weekly reviews are good.

  • Steve

    There are a few choice websites that I must check on a weekly basis and this is one of them. Maybe its me, but I think of this as more of a community than a business platform. By that, I mean, there doesn’t have to be a grand and glorious purpose for everything that is posted in the ‘zine. I buy magazines all the time and even though I don’t always find that every single article peaks my interest or is of use to me, I am still back a month later because I appreciated what the mag provides to me as a whole. Not everyone that benefits from your work (big or small) is going to speak up and say something about it. Let Karma be you reward, go things go out, good things will come back in.

    As for me, this week I have been swamped with work. I freelance for a local urban t-shirt and clothing store in St. Louis Mo. My clients are rather non-demanding (mostly typography, flourishes, and lots of silhouettes) and their taste run about a year behind what is current now (i.e.- I still get a lot of play out of my skulls vector packs, lol). I have been fortunate enough to get enough work over the course of this summer, that I did not have to get a part-time job (I am a teacher by profession, and the summers can be pretty hard financially). So I thank GoMedia for their assistance in helping me be my own boss this summer. I am typing this from my home office (the living room couch) as we speak.

  • Steve

    There are a few choice websites that I must check on a weekly basis and this is one of them. Maybe its me, but I think of this as more of a community than a business platform. By that, I mean, there doesn’t have to be a grand and glorious purpose for everything that is posted in the ‘zine. I buy magazines all the time and even though I don’t always find that every single article peaks my interest or is of use to me, I am still back a month later because I appreciated what the mag provides to me as a whole. Not everyone that benefits from your work (big or small) is going to speak up and say something about it. Let Karma be you reward, go things go out, good things will come back in.

    As for me, this week I have been swamped with work. I freelance for a local urban t-shirt and clothing store in St. Louis Mo. My clients are rather non-demanding (mostly typography, flourishes, and lots of silhouettes) and their taste run about a year behind what is current now (i.e.- I still get a lot of play out of my skulls vector packs, lol). I have been fortunate enough to get enough work over the course of this summer, that I did not have to get a part-time job (I am a teacher by profession, and the summers can be pretty hard financially). So I thank GoMedia for their assistance in helping me be my own boss this summer. I am typing this from my home office (the living room couch) as we speak.

  • Steve

    There are a few choice websites that I must check on a weekly basis and this is one of them. Maybe its me, but I think of this as more of a community than a business platform. By that, I mean, there doesn’t have to be a grand and glorious purpose for everything that is posted in the ‘zine. I buy magazines all the time and even though I don’t always find that every single article peaks my interest or is of use to me, I am still back a month later because I appreciated what the mag provides to me as a whole. Not everyone that benefits from your work (big or small) is going to speak up and say something about it. Let Karma be you reward, go things go out, good things will come back in.

    As for me, this week I have been swamped with work. I freelance for a local urban t-shirt and clothing store in St. Louis Mo. My clients are rather non-demanding (mostly typography, flourishes, and lots of silhouettes) and their taste run about a year behind what is current now (i.e.- I still get a lot of play out of my skulls vector packs, lol). I have been fortunate enough to get enough work over the course of this summer, that I did not have to get a part-time job (I am a teacher by profession, and the summers can be pretty hard financially). So I thank GoMedia for their assistance in helping me be my own boss this summer. I am typing this from my home office (the living room couch) as we speak.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @Steve, I really appreciate your honesty. That makes me feel happy that you’re getting something out of it.

    Liz should be posting an office “tour” so to speak of the Townhouse in which we work. That is something I was hesitant to post because it didn’t seem like a valuable post worth people’s time. But now that I hear what some of you have to say, I think we’ll post it!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @Steve, I really appreciate your honesty. That makes me feel happy that you’re getting something out of it.

    Liz should be posting an office “tour” so to speak of the Townhouse in which we work. That is something I was hesitant to post because it didn’t seem like a valuable post worth people’s time. But now that I hear what some of you have to say, I think we’ll post it!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @Steve, I really appreciate your honesty. That makes me feel happy that you’re getting something out of it.

    Liz should be posting an office “tour” so to speak of the Townhouse in which we work. That is something I was hesitant to post because it didn’t seem like a valuable post worth people’s time. But now that I hear what some of you have to say, I think we’ll post it!

  • davey boy

    i like the weekly reviews, they offer a temporary escape from my meaningless CAD job.

  • davey boy

    i like the weekly reviews, they offer a temporary escape from my meaningless CAD job.

  • davey boy

    i like the weekly reviews, they offer a temporary escape from my meaningless CAD job.

  • Chrystal

    Keep posting these reviews! It helps me see what others are doing, and makes me realize that I’m not slacking as much as I thought. I do love the tutorials too, though. I’d have to say Go MediaZine is my favorite site, and always has informative and cool stuff to read up on.

  • Chrystal

    Keep posting these reviews! It helps me see what others are doing, and makes me realize that I’m not slacking as much as I thought. I do love the tutorials too, though. I’d have to say Go MediaZine is my favorite site, and always has informative and cool stuff to read up on.

  • Chrystal

    Keep posting these reviews! It helps me see what others are doing, and makes me realize that I’m not slacking as much as I thought. I do love the tutorials too, though. I’d have to say Go MediaZine is my favorite site, and always has informative and cool stuff to read up on.

  • LizHunt

    To add to Jeff’s comment about mouse-clicking links: for all you faithful mac users, you can apple + click a link in a browser to have it open in a new tab or window. For a PC it’s the same deal, only ctrl + click.

  • LizHunt

    To add to Jeff’s comment about mouse-clicking links: for all you faithful mac users, you can apple + click a link in a browser to have it open in a new tab or window. For a PC it’s the same deal, only ctrl + click.

  • http://www.integralapparel.com Rashaun

    Keep em coming, makes me look forward to coming to work and being paid to read Gomedia stuff! :) (if my managers are checking this, j/k)

  • http://www.integralapparel.com Rashaun

    Keep em coming, makes me look forward to coming to work and being paid to read Gomedia stuff! :) (if my managers are checking this, j/k)

  • http://www.integralapparel.com Rashaun

    Keep em coming, makes me look forward to coming to work and being paid to read Gomedia stuff! :) (if my managers are checking this, j/k)

  • http://www.jeffwoelker.com Jeff Woelker

    Way to represent for Jeff’s everywhere!

  • http://www.jeffwoelker.com Jeff Woelker

    Way to represent for Jeff’s everywhere!

  • http://www.jeffwoelker.com Jeff Woelker

    Way to represent for Jeff’s everywhere!

  • Dan

    Excellent job..
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