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So starting last week I decided I was going to update this web site. I just finished updates on other ones I am working on so it made sense to do it to this one too. Alas, I was completely blocked. And talking with a friend last night I told him:

I feel like completely deleting everything and starting over

…and thus this happened. So stay tuned… I might be a little slow at achieving this.

Scott

Project Management

If you saw my recent Tweet about my extra-curricular activities then you might be kerfuffled? What does all this mean? It’s no secret with all of my art activities that trying to keep my involvement in the Burner world on the D-L is a little futile.

What’s missing….

Just this last week I was part of a weekend long Leadership Summit that involved a lot of networking and a series of courses that help project managers reach success. Projects vary from strong community development, event production, effective meetings and even courses on social networking.

What’s missing from my Resume is this:

  • 2012 Participant: Burning Man Leadership Summit / Regional Conference
  • 2012 Producer: SF QB Leadership Summit
  • 2012 Production Team Lead: 2013 production in the early stages
  • 2011 Participant: Burning Man leadership Summit / Regional Conference
  • 2011 Art Project: Project to build installation art piece “Final Passage”
  • 2011 Producer: Winterfest performance and entertainment event
  • 2010 Production Team “Forgotten City” event out of Las Vegas
  • 2010 Art Project: Project to build a reproduction of the monolith from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ in scale and deliver
  • 2010 Producer: Winterfest performance and entertainment event

While my resume itself my have some dark holes in it there is ALWAYS something I am working on although it brings be some solid experience, not always bringing in any form of remuneration.

Working

I want to work and I want to dig my feet and hands deep into projects that are creative and fulfilling. This blog is to help fill in the gaps and show some of the things I am doing.

Freelance

I have wrapped up my last biggest project and am monitoring Sin City Delights right now as I am working with this client on a new ad campaign through  Facebook to see if it generates more traffic and sales. So looking on different resources for a new project to dive into.

Being entrepreneurial is a challenge as I may not be as adept to it as I thought. I run things smart and maybe have made too many concessions, but I will do my best to make a client’s projects shine.

All too many times I have laymen who want to hire me and then direct the whole thing. In one case a client’s question regarding a basically static site was… “How much bandwidth do I get?” When I asked him why he was concerned about that he could not tell me, it was something a friend told him about.

Then later, “What if I want to put video on the site?” WordPress will let you load video right on the site as easy as inserting an image, but with tools like YouTube and Vimeo around (especially for your small business) why would that be a worry?

In the end the strange questions using industry related buzzwords kept piling things on top of each other without any research or knowledge as to why it would be there. I want flash: why? I want pictures popping up when you mouse over: why?

What is the story you want to tell?

This is what I ask every client. Keep the story consistent, don’t confuse your mission, put information you want people to see so they opt into what you are selling or offering.

One client wanted to post a picture of a motorcycle he was selling on his restaurant site… my advice was to just use craigslist.

Clients are writing the checks and will get what they want, but I will do everything I can to keep them from throwing away that money. You hired me for a reason. Trust me. By working together we will end of creating something uh-maze-zing!

The Tell Tale Resume

I have been working non-stop on various projects. Some make money while others network people and others satisfy some strange intrinsic value. Check out my projects when you can…(suppose we have to talk before you  find out what they are… read on)

So, I have a question… when do you share your projects on your resume or portfolio when they may conflict with some of the people looking at you (or me in this case). I have always been told not to put controversial work on the resume but ‘what is controversial’?

My Projects v. My Resume

Even in San Francisco or even when I was in Las Vegas there are a lot of judgements that get a resume stuck at Human Resources. At least that is the outsider’s perception. There are conservatives everywhere ready to stomp on creativity they do not understand.

My projects are NOT PORNOGRAPHIC or questionable in any way, but in spite of the success I have to leave them off my resume. I run a social networking site that sees hundreds and thousands of eyes monthly! I built it using WordPress as the foundation but it is a huge success.

I can’t tell you here or put it on a resume because there will be recruiters that judge me on it. Frankly, most H.R. people will not read beyond the opening paragraph as they scan portfolios looking only for key words to fill a job order.

My Art v. My Resume

Issues on the TableThe last couple of years I have built some great art work (okay, 2011 was an exception) and I have a great piece this year. This one is called “Issues on the Table” and it is about parental verbal abuse. I will begin building it soon, I just need to start accumulating the elements for it.

Final Passage2011 I did “Final Passage” which was a piece that was designed to combine The Tree of Life and The River Styx. If not familiar with either, please google, but it is about the beginning and the end. The art piece was a failure, but the journey was great because I worked in a studio filled with artists that I was so inspired by: American Steel Studios in Oakland.

2010 I recreated the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey and it was beautiful and ended up called “monotropolis“. It was a completely static piece and though I had doubts about putting it up at one point something amazing happened. I started seeing people act out scene from the 1968 film and people in their 20’s celebrating the visual of it.

After their initial showing both pieces were recycled and it should be said I have a vision to re-imagine “Final Passage” as soon as I can work on it.

Conclusion

What my resume is missing is a focus and a clear direction. I want to work in something creative and inspiring, but find people looking at me… making judgements… and they could not be more wrong. How do I communicate myself honestly and vigorously without misrepresentation? I am me.. I am creative… I have so much to contribute… how do I get you you to see that and trust me?

Major Update

I carried the same branding for StudioSK since school and with my new business cards in San Francisco it was time to catch up. When I bounced into my own… MY OWN freaking web site I realized I had not looked at it in almost 6 months.

The only updates that  I have been actively posting  have been in twitter. My twitter feed is @scott4design …officially anyway. I have been working on a couple freelance projects and have been on the hunt for whatever things I could do.

I manage several Facebook pages right now and twitter accounts as well. You might have seen gotNurv (logo see your right in the middle column) . Yes, my projects are not all paid but I do a lot of community based stuff too.

I have been working freelance gigs for a while. My projects and art pieces kind of flowed in between them with some of my other interests as well.

Finding a Job

My latest art piece is screaming for attention, but I am preoccupied with having to find some steady work right now. My career in the last couple of years took a back seat while I explored some of my more artistic endeavors. Working freelance allowed for that.

The worst part of the lifestyle I took was that my mom worries about me a lot.

Why put this kind of personal stuff on this blog? As a reminder… as a warning… that the grass is not always greener and sometimes some good advice, that was forgotten, comes back to haunt you. Work hard, keep the nose to the grind stone, and make yourself and your family a good living.

Creatively speaking I think I have thrived and will make more posts here with that work; freelance, art and other things!

Moving on…

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An undefined reality seems to lie ahead as I boldly step forward open for a new transition and to bolster my career. I have a lifetime still ahead of me and look forward to and a career to yet build upon. The question of where that path may lead to is still on a blank page.

Thank you for visiting art23design.com aka StudioSK and thank you for taking the time to explore anything here you might have found interesting.

I come to you a uniquely creative person currently seeking work where I can share my creative and innovative skills.

My work has been diverse and my tenacity is my golden shield while success is my golden fleece. I am true and have a motto”

“Never Give Up, Never Give In…”

Off The Clock

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Yes, I know there have not been a lot of posts here lately. I hate leaving this bitch-fest about WordPress as the last entry because it it not the positive idea that I think I really am.

My work lately has been mostly with gotNurv.com and clients I have over there. It’s all social networking stuff.

I got a call from a recruiter this week that got me thinking about my resume. It has not been very successful and people seem to not pay attention to the skills in it; or is it they are projecting what they need? Either way, it is good to hear from recruiters, but it is time to update and re-post it out there.

I tell people I have more than a decade in design, which is true, but professionally only in the last 4/5 years. My first web hosting company was Software Tool & Dye. The domain was something like world.std.com … yes “std”. It always bothered me to have to go to that web site, but since the 90’s there has been a lot of water through that bridge.

My original AOL account??? How long ago was that??? What was my first web site? I learned html originally through a WYSIWYG called “Hotdog Professional” and it was simple! I mean the software was simple.

If you follow the blogs on this site, you can see what I imported from Blogger when I was actively using that for “AchtungMediaDesign” and “ActionHeroNetwork” which were previous versions of StudioSK.

My personal blogs go back further than these of course!

Anyway, I just wanted to share a little personal information. Needed to post something on this site to keep it pumping and alive… and who knows maybe someone will appreciate it?

WordPress: WTF

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Anyone in Technology for a while has seen arrogance by various companies who think they are the kings of their market. Among the saddest stories include the makers of Quark and the Lotus Office Suite. Oh wait, what? You never heard of them? Then you must be under 30.

Recently Adobe took a buttload of crap when they refused to support a 64 bit version of the Master Suite for their Apple computer and then there is the never-ever ending of Microsoft and their browser… what was that? Internet Exploder?

This week a product that I have personally taken to fall in love with, especially for clients who need easy back-end access to their sites, is the almighty WordPress. Unfortunately, WordPress went on a diet and forgot to tell anyone with the release of WordPress 3.2.

Like in most cases I updated about 4 of my sites, including this one, and was suddenly locked out out a lot of the controls used to manage the site. Did you visit in the last few days and see something far less brilliant than what you see now? Well, I had the kind folks at my hosting company www.HostHead.com restoring my site to pre-3.2!

WordPress says with their release of 3.2.1″

“After more than a million downloads of WordPress 3.2, we’re now releasing WordPress 3.2.1 into the wild. This maintenance release fixes a server incompatibility related to JSON that’s unfortunately affected some of you, as well as a few other fixes in the new dashboard design and the Twenty Eleven theme. If you’ve already updated to 3.2, then this update will be even faster than usual, thanks to the new feature in 3.2 that only updates files that have been changed, rather than replacing all the files in your installation.”Source

In the above WordPress blog there is not even an apology. With the barest of acknowledgements to major major changes I have to wonder how much of those ‘million downloads’ resulted in jacked up web sites.

When I posted for help in the Support Forum indignant and rude people who identified themselves as volunteers wrote comments to other posters that were just uncalled for and just plain bitchy!

I still have other sites needing fixing. WordPress ‘volunteers’ basically told me I had to rebuild my sites in order to recover them. While I was lucky to restore a back-up on StudioSK, one of my sites is a very busy social networking site that my hands are tied with and will have to be done at some odd hour once I finally figure out my approach.

Other designers and developers have reacted with curiosity through my Twitter (@scott4design) because not all experienced this horrible result like I did. What got some people through an easy upgrade and so many others with a fumble with a face-plant is beyond me.

The biggest problems I experienced were:

  • widgets would not open to allow for editing
  • menu’s for images libraries would not open

If there were more then I did not discover them yet. On my social networking site www.gayburners.com members are having trouble logging in and posting images, setting up groups and what else? What am I not hearing about?

This update with WordPress 3.2 may have been created to be more efficient and break away from some old baggage with IE6 and more, but at what price? How come your users were not given some warning? This upgrade should have had a lot more warnings and acknowledgements, because I know I would have appreciated it.

WordPress is the best CMS on the market in my humble opinion. It is the one you can give any client and let them go with it. But if I left this update to a client alone… they would have had no where to go.

WordPress for the Masses

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In my arsenal of design on this web site these days (05/2011) one will find a majority of the sites I feature including this one is built in WordPress.

There is an effective nature of this Content Management System (Tool) that makes posting and sharing information infinitely more effective for myself and for people I might build a web site for. The positive angle on using WordPress is that my “clients” have the ability to directly impact their own web site’s and manage their own publication with a tool that is not very far from using MS Word.

Consider many of the mainstream web sites are using similar software. Some use WordPress, some Joomla and other Drupal. Pick and choose, but the bottom line is there is a framework that comes with these packaged systems that behooves attention for serious reliability and easy access for clients.

However, a couple people I did some work for are not the most technically savvy and have not learned to access the back-end of the sites to see behind the curtain. I continue to work on their updates under the gotNurv.com business model I developed to help those people.

The future of web design is much more technical and tools like this bring it down for the average person and makes the playing field a little more friendly. We are in a world where you can make your own cookie-cutter web sites for 10% of hiring a designer. Or send it off to India for more if you need something more specialized. But have faith America, there are designers where that can give you a lot very cheap while using tools like this.