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How that White and Gold dress matters to your display even if it’s really Black and Blue.

February 27, 2015 1 comment

AuthorWhite and Gold, or Blue and Black?
You may have seen the latest Internet sensation of the image of a dress with a simple question: “Is the photo of the dress white with gold trim or blue with black trim?”. The answer is “Yes”. Hopefully that cleared things up. No? Ok, let’s dig deeper.

Let’s talk lighting. We won’t even get into the rods and cones in your eyes; I’ll leave that to your optometrist. Our surroundings and the lighting of an object can trick our eyes and alter our color perception. Light drastically affects how our eyes perceive color. In fact, it is just about the most important factor in color perception. Light bounces off of objects and into our eyes at varying wavelengths. These different wavelengths produce all of the colors we can see.
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Go With Your Gut

February 27, 2015 Leave a comment

garyWhen your reputation is on the line go with your gut. I acted on that same advice years ago when faced with a decision on price or principal and I have never looked back. Details aside, I still hear that inner voice telling me to go with my gut. It has saved me in the long run many times.

Faced with so many choices these days, we often damage our good decision-making based on the manipulations tactics of others. Always consider the source! Read more…

Paying it Forward

February 6, 2015 Leave a comment

AuthorIt is the start of February, the weather is weatherly, and pre-show planning is in the air for Exhibitor 2015. I was looking at some of the final visuals for our island exhibit and VIP reception and as usual, I was very happy with what our creative team put in front of me, but I reflected on the genesis of our exhibit.

In September of 2014, I flew to Bemidji, MN to collaborate with the faculty and students at Bemidji State University. This was the fourth time I have made the trek to lecture, spend a day plus with the students, and launch our annual Exhibitor design contest.  Read more…

Buzzwords for 2015

January 16, 2015 5 comments

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My 21 year old son asked for a new hi-tech, does everything except wipe your nose, wrist watch gadget for Christmas this year. Me, just now learning the fine art of getting the time to stop flashing on my VCR (and NO I did not use black electrical tape) decided to do my due diligence and start my search with my good friend Google.com. Easily navigating all the ads and eventually stumbling across the brand and model he wanted, I perused countless reviews while silently wondering if they were legitimate posts or all fake to either boost or destroy the brand. I then headed to the local retail outlet that was carrying the product to make my purchase.
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Wrapping It All Up

December 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Author2014 has been a very interesting year to say the least. Don’t get me wrong – very few years are notably uneventful, but we have certainly seen several ups and downs in 2014. Let’s recap some of the more memorable times of 2014:

Jimmy Fallon took the reins at The Tonight Show. Some may say it’s a better show than when Jay Leno was the host. Regardless of anyone’s personal opinion of the shows merits or shortcomings, it is still pretty darn funny and a great way to wind down at the end of the day.
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Dear To My Heart

December 12, 2014 2 comments

Category Icon TestAs you all know, the St. Louis region has been in the news lately. The turmoil in Ferguson has been publicized internationally. This is a community that is near and dear to my heart. My first design position was with the Ferguson/Florissant School District as a district designer back in 1971. It is a beautiful historic community and I am saddened by what has happened. With unrest flaring up in other parts of the United States, it appears that St. Louis is not the only area of our country that has problems.

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I Can’t or I Won’t

December 5, 2014 Leave a comment

garyClean your room!
I keep trying new ways to get my girls to clean their rooms. I don’t even know why anymore… maybe it’s a challenge or some sick game that bonds us. Whether it’s clean your room, have this report completed by noon, meet this show deadline, etc. the list of stuff that must be done is endless! Here come the excuses, from inside our homes, the workplace or even within our own heads. I CAN’T DO THAT. Phooey – I WONT DO THAT! If not said out loud, it’s shown passively via inaction.

What happened to that old fashioned Can-Do Attitude?
If you look in the right places, it still exists today. Too often, we can’t or maybe won’t before we even try. But there is hope. The solution, in part at least, is empowerment. Breaking it down even further, the can’t is often a default response rooted in resisting change. Resisting change is a result of fear and a strong human desire to control our environment.

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