The History of Email and Email Design

Reading Time: < 1 minute 44 years ago, Raymond Tomlinson was working on ARPANET (the U.S. Government’s precursor to the publicly available Internet), and invented email. It was a pretty big deal because up until that point, messages could only be sent and read on the same computer. This allowed a user and a destination separated by the & symbol. When he showed colleague Jerry Burchfiel, the response was: Don’t tell anyone! This isn’t what we’re supposed to be working

Where’s Wesley? SXSW Success on a Small Budget

Reading Time: 3 minutes With SXSW recently behind us, many companies are sitting in board rooms asking themselves, Why didn’t we get any traction at SXSW? Many are even wondering if the huge amount of money they spent was simply wasted.. As a mecca for tech companies, it’s the perfect place for raising awareness of a brand, but why do so many companies fail at this massive tech gathering? Statistics for SXSW Interactive 2016 Interactive Festival Participants: 37,660 (from

Branding and Iconography in Politics

Reading Time: < 1 minute I’m in no way endorsing a specific political viewpoint. This is obviously a video made by a very conservative organization that, I believe, exaggerates the extent of the symbology and intent of President Obama’s marketing and branding. There are some very unique comparisons of Bush versus Obama and Republican versus Democrat that are worth talking about on a Marketing blog, though. Click through for the video on Iconography and President Obama: I’d really appreciate it

In the Aftermath of my Huge Political Post

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sometimes I think that readers of my blog have really gotten to know me over the years. Yesterday I posted a blog post asking if Obama was the next Vista. Wow, what a firestorm that raised! The series of comments were so vicious from the left and the right that I refused to post many of the comments. My blog is a Marketing and Technology blog, not a political blog. My humor was intentional and

Is Obama the Next Vista?

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s the night before the 2008 election and I’m still not enthusiastic about tomorrow’s choices. I can’t help but wondering if Barack Obama is simply a redo of Vista: Huge marketing budget. Hyped for change. Promises of greater stability. Improved security. Complete compatibility. A little more expensive. The media and pundits are calling it a win for Obama already. In a few months, I wonder if America will be wishing for a downgrade, or even