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September 5, 2012 / matthas

Venn diagram of emotions for Colts fans

The NFL season is mere hours away. Corporations have lost millions in productivity to fantasy football. And Colts fans have lost countless hours of sleep mentally wrestling with the goings-on of the past Spring.

Manning was cut, but it was the fans who bled. And wept. And reconsidered the names of their toddlers. But wait! Who is that on yonder horizon? Atop a white stallion, backlit by a dawning sun, neck beard in all its glory, sits Andrew Luck. The new face of the franchise.

Thanks P – good luck in the Rockies!

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March 21, 2012 / matthas

Creative fear of failure – Wednesday wallpaper

Oh alliteration, how we love thee. But let me squash the expectation up front that I’ll be doing a new wallpaper every Wednesday. Just not realistic.

With that out of the way, it is Wednesday … and I do have a new wallpaper. Enjoy.

iPad image shown above, or choose a wallpaper for your NEW iPadiPhonelaptop or desktop monitor

March 8, 2012 / matthas

Tribute wallpaper: Thank you, #18.

As most longtime Colts fans are coming to realize, it’s hard to put into words just how much of an impact Peyton Manning has had on the Colts franchise, the fan base, our appreciation for the game of football, and beyond. So I won’t bother trying here.

What I will do, however, is share my tribute wallpaper for you to populate your devices with…

Various size links below. Enjoy.

iPhone (960 x 640)
iPad (1024 x 768) & NEW iPad (2048 x 1536 HD)
laptop (1440 x 900)
desktop (2560 x 1440)

February 22, 2012 / matthas

Everyday Leaders

Leadership has almost become a taboo term that some of us are too timid to claim.  The challenge is to accept that leadership is not about changing the world. It’s about touching & changing lives, one at a time. So says Drew Dudley in his TEDx talk below.

 

Now go find your person in the stupid hat and tell them what an impact they’ve had on your life.

November 1, 2011 / matthas

Invincible, Indiana – book cover artwork

A recent joint venture with my friend Nate Dunlevy has produced for me yet another portfolio piece.

Nate contacted me a few months ago about doing the cover for a book he’d written about “small town basketball”, as he described it in the initial email. Keep in mind that my basketball experience roughly amounts to sinking two free throws in a junior high game. Two. In a row. Pretty epic, right? So I was somewhat leery that I’d be able to make a connection with the book that would help to get the best visual results.

I’m not a fast reader, but he sent me the manuscript* on a friday… and I finished it that sunday.

*Design clients: take note, this is how you treat design – not as an afterthought, but as an integral part of the entire process… (steps down off soapbox).

Original sketch and final cover after the jump…

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October 6, 2011 / matthas

Top 4 Most Annoying Business Phrases

What I love about my weekly staff meetings is that they tend to bring out the best in abused business phrases & corporate jargon. In anticipation of more corporate jargon gold from tomorrow’s meeting, I give you the Top 4 Most Annoying Business Phrases.

You may find these to be fairly common, and I’ll admit to dropping the jargon myself on occasion, but my criteria for these is simple – when I first heard them, my reaction was either a) confusion b) laughter c) nausea or d) all of the above.

In no particular order…

1. Reach out | As in “Could you go ahead and reach out to Dan on that?” I can only assume this phrase gained traction from the old Bell phone commercials. Which is exactly where this phrase should be buried, somewhere in the 70′s or on YouTube. There’s just no reason to say this when you can say “call” or “talk to”. But it sure does work well in those commercials:

Yeah, because you always bond with the random family you meet in the woods.

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