December 27, 2010

The Future of Fashion Photography - Comments (4)

I’m working on some thoughts for a fashion photography section for Matt Bamberg‘s upcoming book “Defining the Future of Photography“. These notes are really rough but are start for the chapter on “The Future of Fashion Photography”.

a) Models male & female alike will move towards an increasingly more distinct eurasian look as China’s middle class grows and western world brands look to have global international appeal.

b) Web sites like have nearly made obsolete traditional fashion publications and have upset traditional power hierarchies and gatekeepers in the fashion world. Old models of advertising and distribution are being replaced with e-commerce, fashion blogs, and community sourced trends and fashions. Now is a bright time in history for emerging and independent creative photographers to get their foot in the door and launch their career.

March 18, 2010

What do you do when someone lets you evaluate a product, & wants you to write about, & the product sucks, & the person is your friend? - Comments (4)

Having a blast here at SXSW with the awesome kids from Social Media Club. We’re staying at a palatial mansion on Lake Austin lovingly known as the Social Media Clubhouse. Lots of friends have been by and we’ve been having a blast both layin low out here by the lake and takin the Social Media Clubhouse bus into town for the myriad concerts and parties takin place all over Austin.


October 15, 2009

Social Media Tools & Strategies for Event Planners & Organizers - Comments (3)

I’m giving a talk tonight in Calgary to a group of event planners. They want to know how they can use new tools and strategies to plan and manage their events. I’m gonna start with a lil philosophical talk about citizen journalism & media making as well as particpatory group culture and principles and move on to a bunch of tools and tactics people can start implementing today. Here’s a copy of the slides I’ll use.

Gastown Photowalk Crew

Over the past 5 years I’ve been involved in various event planning and management activities as a part of my community development work. I’m on the organizing committee of Northern Voice & BarCamp Vancouver. I plan regular PhotoWalks and PhotoCamps for photographers in Vancouver and around the world. I helped organize the first BarCamp in China with Robert Scales and others in 2006 and advise and consult to a variety of other events from the Canadian New Media Awards to South By Southwest in Austin, TX.

July 13, 2009

Intelligent Online Media Monitoring Tools & Strategies Panel for SXSW Interactive - Comments (4)

Happy Music Lovers

UPDATED: The SXSW Panel Picker has been released! You can cast your vote for this panel here! Voting ends September 4th.

So it is a very exciting time of year when the official Panel Picker form is released for panel pitches for the Interactive section of the SXSW festival in Austin, TX every March. The crunch time, once the panel pitch form is released, is a mere two weeks which can cause quite a flurry of ideas. The chaos is worth it for I have had the chance of participating in some really amazing panels at SXSW.

October 1, 2007

Talking About Bryght on the Lab with Leo Comments Off

Here’s a recent segment of the The Lab with Leo show of me talking about Bryght. We cover Drupal, open source software, and our recently launched work on the Grateful Dead’s online community website. I’ve done 3 other segmants that haven’t aired yet and am scheduled to be in the studio to film 2 more this week including on our our new project.

September 24, 2007

Catching Up On Blogging @ StaticPhotography - Comments (2)

kk+ @ NV07With BC Fashion Week bearing down on me, I’ve spent some time this week catching up on blogging over at my fashion photography blog at Static Photography. I’ve been shooting tons and involved in lots of interesting projects but haven’t had the time to post about them properly until now. Late last week I put up posts about:

I still have a fair amount of catchup to do and a backlog of creative shoots that I’m working on but it feels good to get these up. The site is rather new and I’m still working on growing the content and traffic there. Thanks for checking it out, please subscribe to the RSS feed and consider linking to the site on the keywords ‘Vancouver fashion photographer‘ or something similar. :)

Photo by Rachael Ashe

August 7, 2007

Bryght World Tour 2007 Comments Off

(cross-posted from my ‘other blog‘ over at you should subscribe to that RSS feed as well as this one if you really wanna keep up to date).

Leavin'This is a quick post to update customers, partners, collegues and friends of my upcoming travel schedule and the events that Bryght will be participating in over the next few months.

Gnomedex 7.0 – heading down to Seattle to see Chris and Ponzi and the rest of the uber-bloggypodvlogger digerati. Always one of my favorite events of the year. Seriously be ready to get your geek on.

Barcamp Vancouver – Vancouver's 2nd Barcamp. I'll be leading a PhotoCamp. 180+ people already registered. Hear me now, believe me later… don't miss out… this is a great grassroots technology and geek networking event.

Barcamp Beijing – the first ever Barcamp in Beijing. Scales and I are still pulling lots of details together but we have a date and a venue so the show *will* go on. :)

China Access 2008 – I will be presenting on Social Media and the Internet at this years China Access 2008 event for the creative services industries in Beijing.
Kris Krug Loves Chinese Food
Barcamp Shanghai – last year I helped organize the first ever Barcamp in China and it was a remarkable success. This year's event is carrying over a lot of that momentum and will be bigger and better.

GDC China – Scales and I will be joining New Media BC and Hal Josephson at this years Games Developer Conference in Shanghai.

DrupalCon Barcelona – Mister CEO hasn't given me the greenlight on this one yet, but my fingers are still crossed. Regardless look for Bryght boys Boris, Adrian, Steven, and Djun in Spain.

Stuck in the middle there between Barcamp Vancouver and my trip to China I'll also be spending several days in Toronto catching up with the peeps at b5 media as well as Bryght customers, partners, and friends like Philip, Amber, Kooze, Obi-Will, and David Crow, Mark, Mark, Gabe, and many many others… in fact, it would be rad to plan a meetup.

May 2, 2007

Burnkit Website Reboot Comments Off

Burnkit ReBootMy buddies over at Burnkit, the hottest web design and creative services firm in Vancouver, launched their new website today… and it’s smokin’. They are a part of a bunch of boutique design agencies that are participating in a web redesign contest called May 1st ReBoot.

The site features video embedded in Flash and lots of awesome photos of the Burnkit team and their stunning new offices in Railtown. I was honored to find upon clicking through the super creative ‘Team’ section of the site that a couple of my photos had been used on Jeremy Crowle’s profile. Swedish! I should probably also mention, that like any uber-hip new media outfit… they have their own Facebook group.

Solid work guys. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. :)

December 12, 2005

Blogging for Independent Artists and Creatives Comments Off

Blogs N DogsLast week at Blogs N Dogs in Banff I gave several presentations including one about using blogging and web technologies specifically for indendent artists and creatives. Christina Carr was cool enough to take copius notes and post them to her blog. Thx Christina.

Blogging for the Creative Crew.

Blogs’n’dogs at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada – an intense workshop put on by Raincity Studios in the art of telling it like it is. This event gathered experts for North America, combined with a range of participants from novice to seasoned geek, and essentially gave us a creative licence to talk to each other, effectively. It’s about conversation, and it’s an egalitarian world on the blogosphere.

As an innocent in this new democracy, and as a writer, teacher and artist, I’d like to share with you some of the most pertinent features of blogging that I discovered through our ‘Blogging for creative people’ session, run by Kris Krug.

Reasons why you, as a creative person, will need to explore the bloggosphere are pretty obvious once you consider that this is where you can:

  1. get feedback for your stuff – after all, you want to be able to gage the public response to what it is you’re putting out there; whether you let it impact your work or not, you need to know the score.
  2. connect with ‘fans’ – the people who like your stuff will want to talk to you, and you will want to listen, especially if you’ve got something to sell.
  3. set up an online store to start trading – whether it be photography, jewellery design, a portraiture service or doggie accessories, you need to set up a PayPal account and a CafePress account.
  4. establish yourself as a presence – build your discussion with information about and around your area of expertise – the aura of photography compared to painting; minimalism in the 21st century; the impact of music for increasing brainwave activity (or the opposite).

Apart from the obvious benefits of blogging yourself a network of business contacts, ‘lest us forget’ that blogging is a conversation that adds the greatest value to you and your talk-fest jamboree as a creative interaction, and then in regards to your stuff as a commodity. Blogging is about a-u-t-h-e-n-t-i-c-i-t-y. Otherwise, it’s no better than bogus PR collateral you get in the snail mail telling you that you’re the lucky winner of some advertising executive’s tired brainspark, and that he’s gonna put you in the draw to win a million, “so call us to find out about this amazing opportunity”.

Getting with the program – approaching the blog

A blog is not a website, but often makes a good component of one, or it can run its own ring. The main difference being that a website is a professional face, while a blog is the conversational part of it – a blog is the human face as opposed to the ’suit’.

The best way to get a handle on blogging is to follow the ‘program’ that  Kris Krug, our ‘Blogging for creative people’ guru, advises. Week 1 – read as many blogs as you can. Week 2 – set up your own blog, but just for now, concentrate on commenting to other people’s blogs. Week 3 – start blogging.

Blogging is like keeping a public diary. Every post is archived, somewhere, in the ether, despite that ‘delete’ command you’ve been relying on to rewrite history. So firstly, never blog anything in anger (unless you aspire to the reputation of Jerry Springer or his guests). But, like Jerry Springer, the most successful blogs are contraversial so don’t spit it out just to be nasty, remember authenticity? Try telling it like it is, from the heart. Secondly, try and use the permanent diary type fact to your benefit – use it to capture where you were and how you’ve changed over the years of chatter splatter, and how your community has responded. This is a really exciting feature! It’s gold. It’s about you as a personality, not as a business name, and your writing style needs to say as much.

Don’t hog the blog – let other people help you out so that you’re not having to do everything – design, copy, sales, yourself. You may be a great photographer but you might just be crap at stringing those ‘personality’ words together so please, let that silver-tongued friend of yours help you write up your intro to get the conversation started, and make sure you pay him.

“So, what’s you’re strategy?” Experts at Blogs’n’dogs agree that you should attempt your blog with a child-like quality that allows you to experiment – start if off, let it grow and see what shape it takes on. Allow it to breathe and to be organic rather than planning it out. A better question might be, “So, what d’you want to discuss?”

Getting your blog in the game – exercising the blog

How you discuss is very interesting. In a blog, each post you enter will index separately using keywords, such as ‘photography’ or ‘biography’ (keywords are automatically identified by search engines). This means that your blog entry will be weighted according to how you structure the keywords in your text. So, for example, a keyword in the title might weigh 50%; a keyword in the sub-heading might result in 30%; and in the paragraphs, it might get you 20%.

The better you work out your indexing, the higher up on the list of Google, for example, your blog will rate when someone punches in one of those keywords for a search. So, write your blog with indexing in mind. Include keywords in your title where you can. And, when you have some information to add to the blog you already posted yesterday, post a follow up blog so that Google counts this as a separate entry and rates you higher on its searchability.

You need to investigate what words are driving the search for your site so you know how to pitch the words you use in your content. You also want to fnd out who your audience is, and where they are, geographically, especially if you plan on posting delicate artworks across the globe. A really useful site for gathering facts about your audience is You will also want to buy your domain name to secure your online identity.

Don’t stop talking – maintaining the blog 

Following up on the conversation is one of the most relevant things you can do in managing your blog space. After all, we hate it when our friends forget to call us back – this is no different. People will want to join your community and if you snub them, they’ll drop you like the arrogant schmuck that you are. This community may then start it’s own conversation without you, and you won’t know what’s going on unless you make it a priority to find out.

Depending on how focused you are on business, being incommunicado could also mean a breakdown at a busy intersection where you stand to lose a lot of traffick and discover that your fans have decided to make a detour to another writer, musician, artist /photographer’s camp, with their PayPal order.

Your blog is the perfect space to learn about what your community is interested in, and what it wants in terms of the creative clout you have to offer. Keep talking – start a survey, do some market research, but be up front about it.

Artist profile – Kris Krug

Now you may want to think about how you conduct business – do you want to share your stuff for free, to get exposure, or do you want to establish a pricing niche straight off? Some photographers for example prefer the Creative Commons approach of free art over the web to help build their folio and following, and rely on that exposure to secure worthwhile jobs. This is the approach adopted by Kris Krug. Here’s his 7 step story to developing his photographic business, and the community that supports it:

  1. Bought a camera
  2. Got a flickr account
  3. Formed a blogging community
  4. Met up in actual space with his community
  5. Created a business
  6. Positioned the business online
  7. Used contacts to set up an actual exhibition space

Blogging doesn’t make you a nerd, unless you are one already. It’s an exciting way to connect and explore, and as you can see from the 7 step story above, it can only help you transfer the conversation from the wireless realm of inside workstations to the sensory world out there. Blog on.

July 22, 2005

The Future of Publishing Conference Comments Off

Stop advertising, start doing!

The move from branding to blogging may be daunting for traditional advertisers, but it creates a myriad of exciting opportunities for forward-thinking business leaders, publishers, and people with a story to tell.

For decades, traditional mass media has been the best mechanism for connecting companies with consumers. However, as new media usurps mass media, traditional approaches to publishing and storytelling are no longer the only solution.

As publishing moves to new media platforms such as the Web and mobile phones, the ways that we connect with customers, colleagues, readers, and each other will continue to change. Tomorrow’s book publishers may choose to help students study for tests by sending sample test questions to their mobile phones and enabling virtual study groups, while at the same time those students are using the Web to publish their own study guides.

This shifting media landscape means that today’s leaders, educators, and communicators must re-examine their ability to connect with consumers, and look for new ways to reach people in an environment characterized by personal media platforms and one-to-one communication.

July 19, 2005

Usable Content Manifesto Comments Off

Here’s some awesome tips on web writing and site content from DKR.

What Usable Content Is

* Usable content is clear and easy to understand.
* Usable content can bridge gaps—things like language barriers, disability and cultural differences.
* Usable content is meaningful.
* Usable content makes the reader feel smart.
* Usable content is goal and audience appropriate.
* It’s thought-out, planned and constantly maintained.
* It’s fresh, light and lively.
* It’s content that is organized in a way that people understand and can get their mind around.
* It’s designed to be accessible.
* It’s reusable and shareable, readily available and easy to locate.
* It’s straightforward, open and honest and to the point.
* It encourages feedback and is engineered for conversation.
* It’s hard work, but worthy of the job.

What Usable Content Is Not

* Usable content is not clever, obtuse or misleading.
* It’s not marketing drivel, or bland branding messages.
* It’s not longwinded.
* It’s not written at the highest possible reading level.
* It’s doesn’t use “big words” unless they are needed.
* It’s not legalese.
* It’s not double talk.
* It’s not an afterthought.
* It’s not a mission statement.
* It’s not an org chart.
* It’s not self-centered.

April 19, 2005

Target’s New Pill Bottle: Better Living Through Design Comments Off

The New York Post has a detailed design case study on Target’s new prescription bottle by Deborah Adler, a 29-year-old graphic designer whose ClearRx prescription-packaging system debuts May

How the pill bottle was remade—sensibly and beautifully.
“By the time an object, or an apartment, or a company hits the half-century mark, it’s usually been through a redesign or two. Yet the standard-issue amber-cast pharmacy pill bottle has remained virtually unchanged since it was pressed into service after the second World War. (A child-safety cap was added in the seventies.) An overhaul is finally coming, courtesy of Deborah Adler, a 29-year-old graphic designer whose ClearRx prescription-packaging system debuts at Target pharmacies May 1″.

(1) Easy I.D.

The name of the drug is printed on the top of the bottle, so it’s visible if kept in a drawer.

(2) Code red.
The red color of the bottle is Target’s signature— and a universal symbol for caution.

(3) Information hierarchy.
Adler divided the label into primary and secondary positions, separated by a horizontal line. The most important information (drug name, dosage, intake instructions) is placed above the line, and less important data (quantity, expiration date, doctor’s name) is positioned below.

(4) Upside down to save paper.
Klaus Rosburg, a Brooklyn-based industrial designer hired by Target, came up with an upside-down version that stands on its cap, so that the label can be wrapped around the top. Every piece of paper in the package adds up to one eight-and-a-half-by-fourteen-inch perforated sheet, which eliminates waste and makes life easier for pharmacists.

(5) Green is for Grandma.
Adler and Rosburg developed a system of six colored rubber rings that attach to the neck of the bottle. Family members choose their own identifying shade, so medications in a shared bathroom will never get mixed up.

(6) An info card that’s hard to lose.
A card with more detailed information on a drug (common uses, side effects) is now tucked behind the label. A separate, expanded patient-education sheet, designed by Adler, comes with three holes so it can be saved in a binder for reference.

(7) Take “daily.”
Adler avoided using the word once on the label, since it means eleven in Spanish.

(8) Clear warnings.
Adler decided that many of the existing warning symbols stuck on pill bottles don’t make much sense—the sign for “take on an empty stomach,” for instance, looked like a gas tank to her—so together with graphic designer Milton Glaser, for whom she now works, she revamped the 25 most important.

Link via Core77.

April 5, 2005

GoodBasic and Bryght Selected as Approved Vendors for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver Comments Off

Many of you know I’ve been working with Bryght lately… a technology startup here in Vancouver. Today we recieved a letter of confirmation stating that GoodBasic and Bryght have been selected as approved vendors of weblog services for the 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Whistler and Vancouver.

Here’a a photo of showing off the letter.

We would have got it sooner but Boland hadn’t checked the mail recently…. we’re just getting settled in our new office. We’re excited at the prospect of working with other people like Will and Darren (who also got selected) on projects related to the games. This dovetails in nicely with a project I kicked off this weekend covering news and providing info about the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Currently, with the games 5 years away, most of the news has been on the business of the games (jobs, contracts, developments) and less on the sports, but we’ll see that change as we get closer to the big event. The design of that site was put together by our friends and partners over at RainCity Studios and features a bunch of my recent photos from the Vancouver area. Anway, congrat guys, this should be fun. :)

Here’s Will’s thoughts

“So what should I do to prepare? There must be some sort of training routine that I can begin to make me a buff blog consultant. Ping-ups? Script-downs? Googling with my toes? Meme sprints? Perhaps some timed podcasts? Ok, I’ll stop now. ”

March 18, 2005

How to Make Friends and Influence Art Directors Comments Off

Tips for young designers trying to make it in the biz.

March 12, 2005

There Are No More Spectators Anymore. Participate. Comments Off

Christopher Carfi’s Social Customer Manifesto. Treat your customers like you want to be treated when you are the customer. (Link via Lee)


  • I don’t want to do business with idiots.
  • I want to know when something is wrong, and what you’re going to do to fix it.
  • I want to help shape things that I’ll find useful.
  • I want to connect with others who are working on similar problems.
  • I don’t want to be called by another salesperson. Ever. (Unless they have something useful. Then I want it yesterday.)
  • I want to buy things on my schedule, not yours. I don’t care if it’s the end of your quarter.
  • I want to know your selling process.
  • I want to tell you when you’re screwing up. Conversely, I’m happy to tell you the things that you are doing well. I may even tell you what your competitors are doing.
  • I want to do business with companies that act in a transparent and ethical manner.
  • I want to know what’s next. We’re in partnership…where should we go?

March 9, 2005

Tris Hussey @ IIMA Blogging for Dollars Event 093 Comments Off

Tris Hussey @ IIMA Blogging for Dollars Event 093
Originally uploaded by kk+.

Tris Hussey
IIMA Blogging for Dollars Seminar Event

Tris gave a quick blogging 101 talk tonight to kick off the IIMA Blogging for Dollars panel. He covered a lot of ground, really quickly, but hey… this is a complex topic. :)

Blogging 101 – What is a blog? – unique features

Syndication – xml, rss, subscriptions, feedreaders
Bloglines – web based feed reader. Tells you when blogs have been updated.

Blogging and Taking Photos at International Internet Marketing Association Seminar Comments Off

Tonight in Vancouver is theInternational Internet Marketing Association’s “Blogging for Dollars” seminar event at Robson Square.

The topic of the night is professional blogging and the guest speakers are Roland Tanglao, Arieanna Foley, and Tris Hussey.

There are about 40 companies signed up and the room is starting to fill up. We’re in the same space as we were a month or so ago for Northern Voice. Good times. :)

Everyone seems kinda tired the room is quiet at the moment, but I think will liven up a bit as Roland, Tris and Arieanna expand everybody’s minds with an overview of Web 2.0

March 8, 2005

Blogging is Just a Fad Comments Off

Jeremy Ensight has been getting a lot of questions about the future of blogging, especially from journalists, who seem to want to believe that this whole publishing trend is just a fad. Sorry, did you say fad? As in pogs, pokemon, and Lance Armstrong bracelets?

Well, instead of giving the usual “I dunno” answer he took some time to day to set them straight and give some numbers as to why he thinks blogs are more than just a passing craze.

“Blogging has now established itself as a mainstream communications medium. Roughly 50 million bloggers. More than 200 million blog readers. That’s more users than Linux, more than Apple, more than the iPod, more than most major religions, more than the number of day traders, firemen, lawyers and doctors.

Anyone who wants to say blogging is only for a “select few” is looking through a very different kind of glasses. And those glasses probably don’t allow them to see blogging in relationship to their favourite little pet project – be it open source software like Firefox and Linux or cool services like Skype and Vonage.

The numbers behind blogging are huge. I don’t say this to navel gaze, but just to say that from my perspective it’s mainstream. When I can be in a taxicab in San Francisco and ask the driver if he knows about blogs, and get a knowing nod…

Yes, blogs are mainstream.”

Read the rest of the article at

March 7, 2005

The Firm List Interviews Paul Jarvis of TwoThirty Media Comments Off

The Firm List interviews designer friend Paul Jarvis and talks about web applications, having your clients do the selling for you, and half-crazed Canadian mounties.

Interview w/ Paul Jarvis,

FL: When I crossed over the border from the US, I was hit by signs that said “think metric.” In that same vein, what do you think are the differences between web design in Canada versus the US (or anywhere else)? Is it as simple as a conversion formula or something deeper?

Paul: i think there are differences between designers from each country, but it’s a subtle sociological/cultural thing that only other people in the industry could pick up on, and sometimes even they can’t. since design is really rooted in culture, if two cultures are kind of similar, then the same will show through in designs. another item to think about is that since the web is “global” most of the cultural influences are from the same source (the web), regardless of country, since anyone in any country can see the same sites.

the majority of my clients are american though, and i think if my designs were recognizably canadian, i wouldn’t get as much US work. in proposals and filler text though i always try and excert my canadianness as much as possible with adding “u”s to words like colour and favourite and writing cheque with the que instead of the eck.

FL: In addition to web applications & websites, you feature various other projects, including twotiny, a set of icons. Tiny icons. First off, why tiny? And then, how does this fit into the overall picture you have for twothirty?

Paul: “tiny” because the icons are smaller than most other icon sets and only come in that size. they fit into the overall picture in so much as they are a new area for me to explore that i haven’t before. i’ve run many startup companies, but they’ve all been service-based. so having, marketing and selling a product was something new to me. it’s been pretty good so far, and i’ve already broken my initial sales goal (which really weren’t too high to begin with). another side project of “twothirty” was, which is still online, although doesn’t get the visitors it used to (at it’s peak it was breaching 500,000 visitors a month).”

Read the rest of the interview –

March 4, 2005

Blogs & Wikis: Technologies for Enterprise Applications? Comments Off

Blogs and wikis are flexible practices and technologies that are increasingly being used within companies and organizations to ease the creation and dissemination of information, as well as making it easier for companies to communicate effectively with customers, partners, and the public. Here’s an excellent new article by Vancouver’s own Lauren Wood on the role of blogs and wikis in the corporation. It’s available in standard HTML, or as a PDF… handy for sending to all your marketing manager friends. It’s cool to read that Tim Bray’s ‘blogs as listening devices’ idea’from Northern Voice continues to make it’s way around too.

It would be difficult to find anyone who spends time on the Internet, or indeed who reads newspapers, who has not heard of blogs. Wikis are less well known, though Wikipedia, the free online collaborative encyclopedia is helping to change that. The vast majority of blogs are individual personal journals, many of which have some technical content, but most of which are made up of individual opinions about politics or hobbies. Most of the discussion about blogs is centered around their affect on mainstream journalism, their power as a new communication channel and voice of the people, and how this will impact society. All this is interesting, but what does it have to do with implementing content or knowledge management, or enterprise collaboration applications? IT, business managers, and even analysts can be forgiven for thinking “not much”. In fact, we have been skeptical ourselves.

But, being dismissive of blogs and wikis because of how they are most often used, and talked about, today is a mistake (PCs and web browsers weren’t considered as serious enterprise tools at first either). What is important is how they could be used. They are simply tools, and many of you will be surprised to find how much they are already being utilized in business environments. For this issue, Contributor Lauren Wood provides a straightforward explanation of what they are, describes how they compare with content management systems, and reports on some telling examples of how blogs and wikis are currently being successfully used in enterprises.

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