I dropped out of college to become a design entrepreneur.

Step one: Design like crazy.

 

jayparkinsonmd:

We just launched our new Sherpaa site this morning. It’s really beautiful with crystal clear messaging and we’re quite proud of it. Head on over to the site and poke around.
We currently cover almost 20 companies. And we’ve only been signing up companies since August. We’re ecstatic. We’ve really been nailing the experience for employees. When someone in one of our companies has a health or health insurance issue, they email or phone us and we’re on the problem within minutes. Our exceptional doctors here in NYC are creatively solving hard problems every day. It makes us all feel good. 
But health for companies is ridiculously complicated. If you’re running a company, procuring health insurance is a royal pain in the ass. It’s confusing, you have no idea what you’re doing, you have no idea what your employees need, it’s expensive, a stupid mistake can cost tens of thousands of dollars, etc, etc, etc.. So that’s where we come in. You just turn over your entire company’s health to us, we come in and get you the exact plan that’s perfect for your company, and then wrap our arms around your entire company for the year with 24/7 access to our doctors. And by doing so, we save about $1,000 to $4,000 a year per employee. Healthcare is just so inefficient and so expensive, it’s quite easy for us to come in and optimize your spend.
And we’re also nearing the launch of our own app so our doctors and our patients can best communicate and solve real health issues. We’re also ridiculously proud of its function, its simplicity, and elegance. The technology doctors currently are forced to use is atrociously ugly and unnecessarily complex and confusing. We’re taking quite the opposite approach. So here’s a screenshot from the doctor’s perspective in working with a patient. Don’t worry, it’s not real patient information.

jayparkinsonmd:

We just launched our new Sherpaa site this morning. It’s really beautiful with crystal clear messaging and we’re quite proud of it. Head on over to the site and poke around.

We currently cover almost 20 companies. And we’ve only been signing up companies since August. We’re ecstatic. We’ve really been nailing the experience for employees. When someone in one of our companies has a health or health insurance issue, they email or phone us and we’re on the problem within minutes. Our exceptional doctors here in NYC are creatively solving hard problems every day. It makes us all feel good. 

But health for companies is ridiculously complicated. If you’re running a company, procuring health insurance is a royal pain in the ass. It’s confusing, you have no idea what you’re doing, you have no idea what your employees need, it’s expensive, a stupid mistake can cost tens of thousands of dollars, etc, etc, etc.. So that’s where we come in. You just turn over your entire company’s health to us, we come in and get you the exact plan that’s perfect for your company, and then wrap our arms around your entire company for the year with 24/7 access to our doctors. And by doing so, we save about $1,000 to $4,000 a year per employee. Healthcare is just so inefficient and so expensive, it’s quite easy for us to come in and optimize your spend.

And we’re also nearing the launch of our own app so our doctors and our patients can best communicate and solve real health issues. We’re also ridiculously proud of its function, its simplicity, and elegance. The technology doctors currently are forced to use is atrociously ugly and unnecessarily complex and confusing. We’re taking quite the opposite approach. So here’s a screenshot from the doctor’s perspective in working with a patient. Don’t worry, it’s not real patient information.

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This is the BEST typographic reference I have seen. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

This is the BEST typographic reference I have seen. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Tutorial: How To Draw A Mac Internet Globe Icon

Tutorial: How To Draw A Mac Internet Globe Icon

How to ensure that your memories last forever

Tools:

  1. iPhoto
  2. Evernote
  3. Fujitsu ScanSnap

Process: 4 hours. (1300 pictures and 438 documents)

Why:

  • Pictures are easier to view digitally.
  • I don’t need to remember which files to bring along with me 
  • I can send/reprint photos anytime I want.
  • I can search documents for text. 
  • Gets rid of dusty clutter. 

Pictures are timeless. They contain a certain bit of nostalgia for the rest of our lives. I do not want to lose this sensation, and I feel that I get the same emotion whether I view the picture on digital device or if I view it in a 5x8. Oh and also, the digital format is everlasting, as long as I back it up. 

If you haven’t gone out to buy a ScanSnap already, it is time you do.  It is by and large the best scanner ever invented for the consumer. The feeder holds about 15 pages at a time. The pages NEVER get stuck. It will scan any format from a business card to a birthday card.  It is nice and compact, yet it feeds paper through the scanner at an alarming rate…directly in to Evernote in order to be read digitally or directly in to iPhoto for future viewing pleasure. 

This setup can be done with both the Mac and the PC. But If you are the latter, Mr. T has a few words for you.

"I pity the fool." -Mr. T

Evernote: 

  • For all documents
  • Scans the text so that you can search it in future. 

Here are the settings for evernote:

Documents do not need high quality scans, so I placed the image quality at Normal. The color mode is on Automatic Color Detection which detect color in documents and bring the color in with it. Another awesome setting is the Duplex scan. The Duplex scan will automatically recognize if there is text/pictures on the backside of the document. If there is, it will scan it in regularly. If there isn’t it will leave it out of the PDF.

The default format in Evernote is PDF. Unless you have the Pro account($5/Month), it is the only type of file that you can import.  

Result

iPhoto

Here is the following settings that I used: 

I found that "Better mode" still scanned quickly, and the pictures turned out swell.  You may also notice that I have the "Continue scanning…" selected.  The scanner is sometimes hard to keep up with and this setting tells the scanner to pause until I load more pictures. Also, I selected "Simplex Scan"  because the photo’s are only one sided. No sense in the Duplex scan. 

Unlike Evernote, the default iPhoto format is .JPEG. It also happens to be a compact file size. Perfect choice. 

Result

When scanning in iPhoto, I did each stack of pictures as a separate album. I took my time in order to label the albums, but I did not worry aboutt the individual photos themselves. Also, I found that there were many bad(blurry, bright light, etc) pictures that I could throw out in the process.

Now that your memories are protected are forever, you can forget about storing all those boxes of pictures. The documents that often clutter up your office will now be in and organized and searchable directory. 

You are now free to roam about the airplane. Scan away. 

If you don’t develop your brain, skills and analytic eye while you are young you will be creatively crippled for life.

 John K (Creator of Ren & Stimpy)

Ignite@ASU Map 
What is the best way to compress a PDF file for viewing online? 
Photoshop PDF was either way too small or way too big. I ended up printing and saving to a PDF…and then saved as a jpeg(only for Tumblr.) Results are so-so.
Corrections I would make:
Ignite Bubble more aligned. 
The streets are not 100% clean. 
Perhaps I could have used a Serif font
I should’ve at least matched the font that is in the logo.
What else should I be mindful about? 
Ignite is on September 30th! Be there!

Ignite@ASU Map 

What is the best way to compress a PDF file for viewing online? 

Photoshop PDF was either way too small or way too big. I ended up printing and saving to a PDF…and then saved as a jpeg(only for Tumblr.) Results are so-so.

Corrections I would make:

  • Ignite Bubble more aligned. 
  • The streets are not 100% clean. 
  • Perhaps I could have used a Serif font
  • I should’ve at least matched the font that is in the logo.

What else should I be mindful about? 

Ignite is on September 30th! Be there!

I did it that way because it looks cool.

said the half-ass going nowhere mediocre Designer

By the way, this is why I am learning to draw. Straight from one of the most influential designer’s in history.