January 2017

Improve Your 3D Prints – Tips and Suggestions

January 16th, 2017|

What are some tips on how you can improve your 3D prints? It occurred to me yesterday when we were talking to Hector about the dialing in of the designs and how they spend a lot of hours getting the quality optimized on the printing, which we know takes a ton of hours, that It almost takes an equal amount of hours to the design time in our case. And even after we printed it for a long time, we learn new things and fix them. But I think it would be an interesting question for me to ask

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Buzzed Beer 3D Print Filament and Collaborative Capitalism

January 13th, 2017|

3D printers have long advocated how 3D printing is a zero to low waste manufacturing process, and with the development of Buzzed Beer 3D print filament, it has opened the doors to all sorts of recycled filament opportunities. By repurposing the by -products made from the production of beer, this boozy filament makes it fun to “go green” with 3D printing and the perfect example of collaborative capitalism.

Listen to the podcast here: Buzzed Beer 3D Print Filament and Collaborative Capitalism

It is Hump Day of Earth Week and we are talking about collaborative capitalism today. Tom and

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3D Printed Weapons: Russian 3D Printed Bullets

January 11th, 2017|

With the emergence of a 3D printed gun, it comes as no surprise that testing has been done on the creation and use of 3D printed bullets. Tom and Tracy Hazzard question what this means and could mean for warfare, safety issues, and users that choose to print these items at home?

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Printed Weapons: Russian 3D Printed Bullets

We’ve done one episode I think in the past where we really treaded into the 3D print weapons category. Today, we’re going to really talk about Russian hacking, we’re talking about Russian hacking of

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The One Hire Holding Back Your Consumer Success

January 10th, 2017|

CES lesson: Cool tech is not enough. Get a consumer-centric designer in your business today.
You can’t get more tech-excited than attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas each year. But this year, one thing is glaringly clear – cool tech is not enough. Businesses and products are getting lost in their own technology and what is being shown here at CES looks and tastes like flavors of the same technology or marketing spin. Innovative or not, unless you move your business and products quickly to a consumer-centric model and retro-think your way back to the technology of features,

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3D Print Patents for 2017

January 10th, 2017|

Taking a look at recent 3D print patents for 2017 that have emerged, what the technology means for the 3DP market, and how they may or may not be successful in achieving their goals.

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Print Patents for 2017 – Color 3D Printing

We are going to talk kind of our favorite subject, we tend to hit on it quite often, patents. There’s a bunch of new ones really that have come out in late 2016 that are worth talking about. Let’s start with the color one because I just can’t stop, the idea of

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3D Print Fitness Gear

January 9th, 2017|

If you haven’t managed to keep your resolution to lose those holiday pounds these 3D print fitness accessories will help inspire you to go that extra mile or add in that extra set of reps. Many of them serve as motivators or reminders to get back in a gym routine, or could even be given as gifts to a fitness loving junkie.

3D Print Fitness Gear

Through an extensive search through the FFF 3D print file sites, I can say that designs for 3D print fitness gear or accessories is severely lacking. Most especially disappointing was the lack of 3D print

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M3D Printer Review – Battle of the Minis, Part 1

January 9th, 2017|

In January at CES it was clear that the trend in desktop 3D printers was all about “mini” 3D printers. It seemed that every company was either introducing a mini 3D printer as an additional product to their assortment, or was entirely built around a mini 3D printer. We reached out to all of the companies that make a mini 3D printer in an effort to review as many as possible, we are calling our series of mini 3D printer reviews the “Battle of the Minis.” We contacted all of the mini 3D printer manufactures at the same time,

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Critical Thinking is Taught Through Art, not Sciences

January 6th, 2017|

Putting 3D printers in schools is taking steps forward to bring the arts back in the curriculum in a new found way by combining technology with creativity to generate new ways for students to learn basic educational components such as math, history, and geography.  Tom and Tracy advocate why the “A” should be added to traditional STEM programs and curriculum to develop critical thinking as it relates to 3D print design.

Listen to the podcast here: Critical Thinking is Taught Through Art, not Sciences

We have a good one today that started partially from a question from a listener, but also

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3D Print Business Evaluation with Mike Vasquez of 3Degrees

January 5th, 2017|

Looking at if it’s feasible for a company to get a solid 3D print business evaluation from in-house sources with Dr. Mike Vasquez of 3Degrees. Businesses large and small should all consider getting a 3D print business evaluation to see if additive manufacturing is a viable option for their products and processes, but the trick is knowing how to find a knowledgeable source from the technology and product side. It’s past time to start exploring the capabilities of 3D printing for your business, and a professionally done 3D print business evaluation can jump the learning curve for any size

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3D Printed Games and Toys

January 4th, 2017|

Looking at the issue of designing well thought-out 3D printed games and toys and why the market is full of repeats and reinventions. While some use the file depository sites to post the first and second drafts of their 3D printed games and toys to gain valuable design feedback, others misuse them and put up for sale or submission to contests. Identifying the differences between sculpture and design and how it applies to toys and games as functional or artistic pieces as well as the need for a design feedback loop.

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Printed

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3D Print Market Saturation

January 3rd, 2017|

As we enter 2017 Tom & Tracy take a deeper dive into the questions of if the desktop 3D print market is already, or becoming saturated? What does market saturation really mean anyway? What has it looked like in other industries?

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Print Market Saturation

We’ve started into the New Year now, it’s 2017. Happy New Year! We did an episode last week about some of our predictions for 2017. In a couple of recent episodes, we had touched a little bit on the subject of 3D print market saturation, and if the market

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Easy Going 3D Printing Green

January 2nd, 2017|

3D printing makes it easy to go green in a number of ways, primarily in product creation. Tom and Tracy Hazzard look at how their past designed products could have been made with far less plastic in a more Earth friendly manner and showing how much plastic is wasted in traditional manufacturing methods. Even the United States Postal Service has a plan for 3D printing reducing their carbon footprint. Combined with more localized manufacturing, it’s easy to go green with 3D printing.

Listen to the podcast here: Easy Going 3D Printing Green

Today being Business Monday, and I

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December 2016

3D Printing for Beginners with Author Joe Micallef

December 30th, 2016|

Live from the SoCal MakerCon show floor, author Joe Micallef details how he started in the 3D print industry and began to write his book, “Beginning Design for 3D Printing.” Beginners are introduced to 3D model design and creation with easy to follow tutorials for many free CAD software programs. There is a critical need for CAD designers and 3D print experts in the growing 3DP economy.

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Printing for Beginners with Author Joe Micallef

Hey, we’re here at SoCal Maker Con with Joe Micallef, who’s an author of a book about design

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Humanitarian Makers Getting Field Ready with Dr. Eric James

December 29th, 2016|

Humanitarian Makers at Field Ready volunteer their time and expertise to solve real world problems faced by those in war torn or natural disaster affected areas such as Haiti, the Sudan, and Nepal. Dr. Eric James shares how 3D printing speeds up the traditional emergency relief supply chain and details some of the unique challenges of using this technology in remote areas where power supply can be hard to come by.

It is just about the end of the year. It’s just about New Year’s resolution time. It’s really close to the end of the year, and this is

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Engaging Girls in 3D Print STEAM Education with Suz Somersall of KiraKira

December 28th, 2016|

Suz Somersall of KiraKira has created an online platform for girls to develop their 3D modeling skills by creating free courses and curriculum for 3D print STEAM education. KiraKira provides lessons and projects that ignite and inspire young girls to work on projects in what is widely a male dominated area of learning. As students of today grow and come to understand that over 86% of retail purchases are done by women, it’s key to understand what women want to buy and to design with them in mind.

Suz Somersall is the founder of KiraKira and is somebody that, we learned

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Choosing the Right Ring Design Goes Beyond the 4 C’s

December 28th, 2016|

Four engagement ring trends you must know if you are going to ‘put a ring on it’ in 2017.
If you haven’t checked your Facebook feed in the last hour, you might have missed the most recent engagement announcement. Two of my millennial-aged cousins got engaged in the past month. Proposals are in the air from November through February with nearly 6 million online searches for engagement rings taking place in the first two weeks of December alone.

But seasonal spikes are not all that unusual according to brick-and-mortar luxury jeweler, Bernie Robbins, luxury on-line jewelry curator, Nikki Lawrence Co-Founder of Gleem & Co., and

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3D Print Predictions for 2017

December 27th, 2016|

Celebrating our 400th WTFFF?! episode with a few 3D print predictions for 2017 and some resolutions the industry should make and actually try to keep. Tom and Tracy Hazzard share their own 3D print design resolutions for the next year and what’s to come in the next year on 3D Start Point. What companies are going to fade away in the next year and what companies will keep their footing and see continued success?

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Print Predictions for 2017

This is our 400th episode and because it’s also the end of the year here,

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What the FFF Should I Do First With My New 3D Printer?

December 26th, 2016|

Getting a new 3D printer is an exciting moment, but it can be rather daunting to figure out what the FFF to do first with it. We’ve come up with a few ideas and projects to ensure first time print success for first time 3D print users, especially those still working on building their CAD modeling skills. There are some great ideas out there, but they do still need to be approached with caution and expectations should be managed when it comes to what your first 3D print should be.

Listen to the podcast here: What the FFF

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Tinkercad 3D Print Software Review

December 23rd, 2016|

It is Tech Tuesday and it’s time to do a Tinkercad 3D print software review. We have been doing a lot more reviews lately of different things just like the Battle of the Minis with the mini 3D printer reviews, and we have been doing those mostly on Wednesday more than Tuesdays. We then decided that we need to be reviewing some popular CAD software packages because we had a lot of questions about that. Today is going to be the first in the series, as once a week we are going to address a new CAD software and we

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Adaptive Manufacturing of 3D Print Wearables with Shamil Hargovan of Wiivv Wearables

December 22nd, 2016|

Additive manufacturing is turned on its head with adaptive manufacturing in the case of 3D printed insoles by Wiivv Wearables. CEO and Co-founder, Shamil Hargovan, explains the mind blowing process that brings these custom fit orthotics to life through 3D printing with unique materials and marrying adaptive manufacturing techniques with traditional ones. We dive into how custom 3D printed products fit into the marketplace, where to put the price point at to stay and remain competitive, while also being profitable – even considering a hybrid 3D printed final product for a mass customization market.

We’ve got a great interview

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Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo San Diego Recap

December 21st, 2016|

The Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in San Diego this year featured many companies and speakers that were focusing on real world applications of 3D print technology. We got the inside scoop from many different companies how they are leveraging digital fabrication and actually making profits from 3D printed products – not just talking about the possibility of it. With these new startup companies there is a new trend of being loyal to the consumer rather than the materials and manufacturer, and we have to say it’s a great direction to head in. Aside from that, we’ve found

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3D Modeling to Slic3r Slicing Software Review

December 20th, 2016|

Switching from our series of CAD software reviews to a few slicing software reviews, and kicking it off with Slic3r. Slic3r’s slicing software is one of the original slicing softwares out there, but it has kept up with 3D printing’s advances and remains an on-going open source project. As the baseline standard for 3D print slicing software, it has certainly come a long way and we have much to say about its features and options for beginners and experts.

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Modeling to Slic3r Slicing Software Review

We’ve been doing a lot of different CAD

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How to Fund Your New Product Launch in 2017

December 16th, 2016|

Need seed money for market proof? Here’s where you can find it.
Product based businesses often operate, even long-term, in a stop and go fashion, which makes lines of credit or access to cash very important, whether you’re in your 1st year or your 10th year. This is a tough lesson some businesses learn too late in the game, and it ends up hurting them in major ways. I will never forget hearing from the founder of UGG Boots, Brian Smith, about how this was the main reason he ended up selling off his business. The

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Why Pantone’s Color of 2017 Matters to Your Business

December 9th, 2016|

Color trends can make or break your business, but it’s more than just picking a color.
As we prepare to move into a New Year there will be plenty of preparation done by businesses looking to scale and level up in 2017. With these preparations, there should be room left to look at office design, color palette choices, and what your ‘look’ will feel like in 2017. Architecture, design, planning and consulting firm​, Gensler’s Senior Associate, Nestor Santa-Cruz discussed his 2017 color trends thought and I was thrilled to get his experienced insight.

Going Date-Less In 2017

One of

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STEAM & Girls Don’t Usually Go Together, Until Now

December 8th, 2016|

How one company is closing the gender gap and creating a way to engage women in STEAM and 3D printing.
In the world of 3D modeling and 3D printing, women aren’t just a minority… they’re difficult to find at all. In the design world, it is easy to recognize this on a daily basis, and given the work and resulting products, it is even easier to see the true effect gender discrepancies are having on this field. Suz Somersall, female founder of KiraKira.com is working to close the gender gap once and for all.

For Suz, it all started, a little bit

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How to Reverse Engineer Your Business Growth

December 6th, 2016|

Expand your foundation team and change your business narrative to produce massive results now.
At this point in business, we’ve all heard of at least one business coach, or possibly even worked with one, who had a million ideas about what you need to do right now to be successful. And I can almost guarantee that not any single one of them is packing the same punch as Bill Stierle, and they definitely are not taking the same approach. Bill is a consultant who works with companies that have hit a plateau. They want to get to ‘the next level’ but they have no idea what the next step is. Even more importantly, they

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James Bond’s Gadget Designer Raises $58 Million on Future Vision of AR Glasses

December 1st, 2016|

Can Osterhout Design Group really design cool mobile augmented reality and virtual reality smartglasses that actually sell?
Augmented reality is projected to be a $150 billion industry by 2020 and investors are spending like this is an actual reality not a projected one. Osterhout Design Group (ODG) about raised $58 million in Series A from Vanfund Urban Investment & Development, Shenzhen O-Film Tech, and other investors, including strategic partner 21st Century Fox. There has been a lot of rapid movement this year with media companies investing in VR, AR and 360° video being seen in software, content development and hardware. Notably, Facebook and

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November 2016

How to See Into Your Brand’s Future Now

November 30th, 2016|

Why taking a risk on future technology innovations can make your brand relevant to generations today.
Beyond the cool experiences you see in disruptive technology like virtual reality, the truly unique brand proposition is that it is so immersive and non-interruptive. But inserting your brand into it in very inauthentic way could be detrimental to your brand promise itself. If you do it wrong, you’re screwed. Today brands are passively interacting with their consumers and it’s not enough to build loyal fans. In a Virtual Reality world, consumers will have the opportunity to make a stronger connection with that

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Creating Storefront Entrepreneurs One Small Town at a Time

November 26th, 2016|

Just in time for Small Business Saturday: how to support small businesses in a really big way.
In honor of this year’s Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to helping small businesses thrive during the busiest holiday shopping season of the year, I wanted to point out that grassroots efforts to boost local businesses and small towns are happening across America. Maybe even in a small town near you. If you run into the problem Todd Thompson did, shopping in your hometown local stores might be difficult, especially if they’ve gone out of business or vacated the area.

Todd is from a small

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Hot Holiday Gifts Without Fighting Black Friday Crowds

November 23rd, 2016|

2016 is the year of the subscription box gift, so here are tips and hot ideas to pick the right gift for everyone on your list.
In 2010, Birchbox started it all when they launched a monthly subscription box with the hopes of filling some unmet needs in the beauty market. Fast-forward to now, where subscription boxes have become a way of life for thousands of subscribers, and the beauty industry was just the tip of the iceberg.

Subscription boxes have created a fun, new way to distribute products that creates an experience for consumers from the moment their box arrives. The most popular models feature

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Fad or Future: Escaping Reality in Virtual Reality Tech

November 21st, 2016|

Why neuroscientists and other experts agree that mixed reality is evolving, not disruptive.
I consider myself a “tech skeptic” – one who really needs to see that technology fits or facilitates an inborn desire to do something and has the potential to convert for brands or developers. Without both, innovation is short-lived – a fad that stays in the early adopter world and never tips mainstream. So when I came back to my office after attending the FutureX Live event orchestrated by innovative brand-builder Moxie, beyond excited about the future of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality, my partner thought I drank too much of the Moxie Kool-Aid.

But right now,

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Why Herman Miller Redesigned Its Bestselling Aeron Chair

November 10th, 2016|

PHOTO CREDIT: Herman Miller
Should you redesign a bestselling classic? Herman Miller’s iconic Aeron chair offers a helpful case study.
We’ve all heard that old saying ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.’ But that’s not what the maker of the bestselling office chair of all time said. Let’s go back to 1994, the year a global design manufacturer by the name of Herman Miller presented the first generation Aeron Chair. The chairs designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf created an instant icon for office workers around the world. Yes, really, around the world. The first-gen chair saw over 7-million sold in 134 countries.

And with such great success, you

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Shifting Your Office Into a More Zen Space

November 7th, 2016|

How to get your business into the right place, the right time, the right direction, and right thinking.
I love writing about office design because my creative side gets lost in the details of choosing every right pattern, placement, and object to make a space really work. When it comes to design, there is so much more to every last element than what meets the eye. Pamela Edwards and Michael White-Ryan have built their business, Language of Space, around these very ideas, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to share their ideas with you. Pamela and Michael built their business around the ancient art and design philosophies of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui, you might say?

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October 2016

Why Every Artist Needs to Go to Business Bootcamp

October 28th, 2016|

To sustain the creative process, you need balance, in artistry, and in business.
The American dream is shifting. What was once a benefits package and early retirement has now become gigging and freedom. Creative types around the world rejoiced when the internet opened up a $715 billion dollar marketplace of freelance work ripe and ready for the picking. So freelance they did, business they did not. And here we are, several years in, with quite a few lessons under our artist aprons, of business savvy, balance, and what it really takes to survive as a non-starving artist.

Why Balance Is

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Raise Your Prices AND Get Better Clients

October 26th, 2016|

How your rates decide the value clients place on your products and services.
Have you ever noticed there are some businesses that are always “liquidating” or having their final “going out of business” sale? It’s because over the past decade we have become obsessed with getting a good deal, being savvy shoppers, and getting more bang for our buck. This trend has put us in a perpetual cycle of Sale! Sale! Sale! Now, data and buyer trends allows us a great amount of insight into what motivates clients to buy and the amount of value they place on each purchase. In the world of business, being the best deal is not always

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Move From Start-Up Mode to Grown-Up Mode

October 21st, 2016|

3 simple keys to unlock your potential and mature into a thriving business that runs itself.
Something we can all agree on, when looking at the world of business, is that most entrepreneurs never actually evolve out of start-up mode. A lot of the time, in a start-up (especially with a creative type at the helm) there is a false belief that every aspect of the business must rely on you, must be controlled by you, and must be run by you. Otherwise the business will not be able to function. This limiting belief will prevent your business from growing

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3 Branding Errors You Don’t Want to Make

October 20th, 2016|

How to avoid branding disaster; advice from a direct response expert on navigating an image-based world.
The world of branding is changing. Just by way of technology and platforms alone, our pathways and possibilities to clients have increased dramatically, and with that has come more opportunity than ever before, to connect personally with potential or repeat clients. These pathways help companies to create a seemingly transparent branded image, with consistent and genuine messaging that hits home for these clients. Unless you’re doing it wrong. Then, these pathways create plenty of opportunity for confused and inconsistent branding (which happens A LOT) and for companies to find themselves in a make-or-break situation because they aren’t getting the

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How to Find Your Ultimate Productivity Zone

October 14th, 2016|

Wouldn’t it be amazing to manage your time so well, you’ll have some leftover? Change your mindset first.
Life, along with all of its wonderful distractions can be overwhelming and will eventually lead a lot of people, at one point or another, down a path that is lacking clarity, purpose, and energy. Laymen’s Terms: When you get off track, you don’t manage your time well, and as a result, your life lacks cohesion, purpose, and balance.

There is one driving factor that will decide whether or not you avoid this type of cyclical dead zone. What I am talking about is

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Checkmate: How Top Leaders Beat the Competition

October 10th, 2016|

How Chess can help your business make one smart move at a time instead of just looking for the big bold wins.
A centuries old game is taking the business world by storm in a very new way, and I wanted to know more about the whole thing. So I tracked down the expert, bestselling author Jim Egerton, to learn more. Jim’s book, Business On The Board: How the World’s Greatest Game Can Build Better Leaders is teaching the front-runners necessary business and life skills through a game-based approach, applying the theories of chess to real-life.

Top leaders like Paypal’s, Daniel Schulman and billionaire

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September 2016

Put the IQ Power of Scorpion in Your Start-Up

September 30th, 2016|

Wish you could put the real Scorpion team to work on your biggest challenge for only $150 an hour? Wish granted.
Let’s go back in time a little bit… There was a lot going on in 1988, especially with NASA. This is the year they decided to resume their space shuttle program, only two and a half years after the Challenger disaster took the lives of seven NASA employees. As NASA set out to, once again, change the course of history, their forward momentum didn’t go unnoticed.

Walter O’Brien was just 13-years old at the time, and he was fascinated with the space shuttle

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Finally: An Office Space That Works For You

September 27th, 2016|

Here are three alternatives to the cubicle: which one fits your business culture and work personality?
We talk about innovation and office space design A LOT. With good reason too. The most recent studies on productivity, and maximizing your bottom line, are showing us that your office space plays a key role in both. The 1960’s saw the absolute rise of the cubicle and office chairs, thanks to Herman Miller and companies began cramming as many people as they could into whatever space they could afford… and everyone learned a few very valuable lessons:

Unmotivated employees are expensive. Distractions are also expensive. Getting your office design wrong… is very expensive.

With all of this valuable

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5 Design Personalities You Need to Level Your Team

September 20th, 2016|

Why you need a Pharrell Williams, Martha Stewart, Madonna, Walt Disney and Steve Jobs on your team
Every person you encounter throughout your day, every personality type, has blinders, shadow behaviors, gaps in their capabilities. Call it what you will, these exist in everyone. The design world is not exempt and I sat down with Paul Martens, founder of CORA and author of The Motivated Life, to discuss this and more.

In ‘The Motivated Life’, Martens talks about a five-type system of design personalities with which designers can recognize their areas of expertise as well as their personality gaps. This thoughtful design theory shows us where our strengths are and also helps to point out weaknesses.

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Defying the Rules of Branding One Big Ass Fan at a Time

September 20th, 2016|

How listening to their tribe helped this company triple annual profits
The internet is flooded with advice from branding experts all over the world. Each tip and rule of branding is meant to drive you closer to your customer while maintaining a business that is geared toward maximum profitability. But what if the best way to get closer to your customer… was to simply listen to what they were saying? This is what the founder of Big Ass Fans (previously HVLS – High Volume Low Speed – Fan Company) did and they haven’t looked back since.

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The Revolutionary Way to Advertise On Social Media

September 14th, 2016|

CREDIT: Plotagraph
Meet Plotagraph: The animated photography tool that will turn your Instagram marketing upside down.
Getting your photo noticed in a sea of social media photos, is much like finding the needle in the haystack. There’s only so much you can do with the photo itself, to grab a viewers’ attention, and most of it may have already been done. We live in a media driven world. There is never a shortage of videos, photographs, and looping clips to keep us entertained and occupied. The average consumer sees thousands of images a day, which makes for some pretty stiff

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3 Hidden Dangers of Cooperative Networking

September 14th, 2016|

Be aware of cooperative networking structures and avoid getting sucked into the sales funnel

CREDIT: Getty Images

In the 90’s we had lunch and learn networking, always trying to be productive. The 2000’s brought tightening budgets but a growth in personal crisis groups in the advent of 9/11. But this decade, cooperative networking has emerged as the must-have growth necessity of every entrepreneur. But has it really changed much over the past three decades or is it just the same message rebranded?

After a year and a half witnessing these groups at work from the inside as a speaker, mastermind leader and faculty member, as well as from the outside, I have seen a few dangerous patterns emerge. So, whether you are auditing a free local meet-up, joining a mastermind, or attending a full conference, you need to be cognizant of how these organizations work.

Be aware of these hidden dangers in cooperative networking […]

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3 Companies Innovating At Lightning Fast Speed & What You Can Learn From Them

September 8th, 2016|

Keeping up with the speed of technology

CREDIT: Getty Images

The most popular buzzword in the world of business and technology right now is: innovation. The companies that are looking outward and upward, are trying to guess the future, and get ahead of the trends by using innovation, and disruptive technologies. Our business economy is racing forward at hyper-speed, and the fast pace often sees companies left behind, simply because they couldn’t change fast enough. There is also a huge percentage of the business world who are not being left behind, but they are just barely staying ahead of the curve… and then, there are the elite few who are seeing the curve from a few miles back, and transforming to meet it head on. Those elite few are taking innovation to a whole new level, by creating specific environments, or companies, based solely on this idea of getting ahead of the […]

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Top 5 Fears Holding You Back–and How to Push Past Them

September 7th, 2016|

Contemplate what’s stopping you from saving on the world.

CREDIT: Getty Images

Lately the innovative entrepreneurs I have been meeting and talking to at networking events are full of stories of roadblocks, challenges and excuses for why they are not living their dream and moving forward. I’m not alone hearing this. Author and The Unshackled Owner Mentor, Aaron Young has been hearing the same thing.

In a recent Livestream video on “What’s Holding You Back?” Aaron asked, “You have a dream or an idea of something you want to do…get your product out to market. So, the question is what’s the problem, what’s the struggle?”

Innovators should have an advantage because vision and hard work can more easily come together to be the recipe for success. To try to get to the essence of the inventor-specific barriers and issues, I conducted a survey on What’s Holding You Back from Invention Success? at a local […]

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How Office Design Can Boost Profits

September 2nd, 2016|

Office Design that Boosts the Bottom Line

CREDIT: Getty Images

As an entrepreneur, there are so many aspects to the success of your company that you must consider if you want to compete with the top performers. At the end of the day, when all the emails are sent, the meetings are closed, the bids are in, and the lights are out, you probably aren’t thinking about which color paint might look best in your new digs. But you should. The success of your company and the productivity of your employees are directly tied to the design of your workspace. So I sat down with Kenneth Baker, of Gensler, a design firm that really gets the connection, to find out the nitty-gritty details on what office design has to do with the bottom line.

It All Starts With a Strategy

Design as a standalone, is not the only contributor to growth in a workspace, […]

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3 Things Freelancers Need to Do Now to Get Gigs

September 1st, 2016|

Imperative of doing it now!

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If anyone has ever tried to tell you freelancing is easy, it’s because they’ve never freelanced. When technology took off, it dragged many creative types along for the wild ride holding on for dear life. When the prospect of leaving regular day jobs for the freedom and excitement of “gigging” became a real possibility, a lot of people jumped ship, leaving their conventional jobs behind.

It was a glorious time of gigs as far as the eye could see. You want to write copy for a perfume company looking to expand its audience? That job is out there. You want to create blog posts anonymously for the design company you’ve been drooling over for the past year? Go for it! And then something happened. All at once it seemed like everyone realized the opportunity and the market became flooded with overqualified worker bees willing to […]

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Grill the Expert: 10 Crucial Questions to Ask

September 1st, 2016|

Whenever I talk about hiring experts, I always think of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich story about a man who was ‘3 Feet From Gold.’ After an initial find of gold ore, the man covered it up, returned home, raised money, bought equipment and went back to dig. He found some more but then the gold stopped. He kept on digging but eventually gave up in frustration and sold everything to a junk man. The junk man consulted a mining expert and found out that gold runs in a vein. They simply turned three feet and dug up millions. Perseverance to not give up would not have been the point of this story if the miner had just reached out for an expert. Your mindset can be blocking your from seeing the need for an expert.

Once you get over the mindset block and recognize that you can’t and shouldn’t […]

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August 2016

How to Power-Boost Your Confidence in 2 Minutes

August 31st, 2016|

High Pressure Start-Ups Need Resourceful Front Line Leaders

August 31st, 2016|

Making Government Great Requires Innovation

August 31st, 2016|

10 Best Podcasts for Designers and Innovators

August 31st, 2016|

When great minds in design & innovation are willing to share their wisdom and knowledge, listen up!

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Podcasts are a great option for staying on top of what’s trending (or not so much!), new design perspectives, and to get inside the crazy-interesting minds of admired innovators and designers.

Podcasts allow you to make the most of idle time by listening while commuting, traveling, carpooling, or even cooking dinner. There are a lot of podcasts out there, and choosing the best one to commit your time to can be a daunting task. So, I put together a list of my top 10 can’t-miss podcasts on innovation and design, plus one that is not specifically innovation-related but gets your mind turning. You can thank me later.

New and notable innovation podcast picks:

1. Passive Income for Designers – Dustin Lee
This is a powerful idea that designers need multiple income streams, especially one that does […]

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How to Craft a Compelling Pitch (That Isn’t Over the Top)

August 30th, 2016|

Planning Financial Models for Success

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It seems that the work of an entrepreneur is never done. You’ve got your idea (the next big thing since sliced bread, of course) and you’ve put in the hours. You’ve pulled all-nighters, you’ve traveled around the clock, and you’ve talked and talked and shared and talked some more. You’ve sent uncountable emails and now you are finally ready… to meet with your investors.

This is where it really gets tricky because there is a lot of outdated advice out there, and there are a lot of entrepreneurs who fumble their way through pitches because they weren’t sure what to prepare or what to expect. Ahh the pitch… it’s nerve-wrecking, intimidating, and has the potential to make or break the future of your ‘next best thing.’

It’s Good to Know the Experts

Self-proclaimed financial geek, John Shumate, founder and CEO of Venture First, helps entrepreneurs figure out […]

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Growing an Iconic Brand Requires Perseverance

August 14th, 2016|

5 Secrets From A Body Language Expert To Perfect Your Pitch

August 13th, 2016|

Secret Formula to Designing Products That Sell

August 12th, 2016|

Guns: The Dark Side of 3-D Printing Arrives in Reno

August 11th, 2016|

Becoming an Innovation Tourism Hot Spot Through the Silicon Valley Model

August 11th, 2016|

How a Snail-Mail Business Gave Itself a Digital Makeover

August 11th, 2016|

How Jamaica Became a Logistics Powerhouse

August 11th, 2016|

Tips to Make Your Overseas Business Trip Carefree

August 11th, 2016|

Designing Your Path to Profitable Success by Focusing On Impact

August 10th, 2016|

May 2016

Hazz Design at CEO Space 0516

May 19th, 2016|

Thanks for coming to the Hazz Design at CEO Space 0516 workshops with Tracy Hazzard and Tom Hazzard! Please find below the links to our presentations and materials for your use. All rights reserved, so please do not distribute or copy without our express written permission. We are happy to come speak to your organizations on any of these subjects.
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Hope is Not a Launch Plan
Launching a business, product or service is a high-risk game of chance when you have a runway shortened by time or money. Instead of hoping for success, you need the right sequence, tactics and resources to launch on-time, on-budget and on-target.

Explore why what you don’t know that you don’t know is a riskier path
Understand the critical runway sequence and review gates for a successful launch
Learn tips to determine the right resources that can increase your success multiplier

Hope […]

March 2016

Hazz Design at CEO Space 0316

March 11th, 2016|

Thanks for coming to the Hazz Design at CEO Space 0316 workshops with Tracy Hazzard and Tom Hazzard! Please find below the links to our presentations and materials for your use. All rights reserved, so please do not distribute or copy without our express written permission. We are happy to come speak to your organizations on any of these subjects.
Hazz Design at CEO Space 0316
Tactics for Launching Without a Lot of Runway
Launching a business, product or service is a high-risk game of chance when you have a runway shortened by time or money, unless you up your odds for success with the right sequence, tactics and resources to launch on-time, on-budget and on-target.

Understand the critical runway and sequence review gates for a successful launch
Uncover ways to identify and sidestep common launch landmines that explode costs and timelines
Learn tips to determine the right resources that can increase your success multiplier

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