Tuesday, May 3

i am that girl. or i could be, anyway.

someday, when I grow up, I think it would be really awesome to perhaps run my own design, advertising and interactive studio in Chicago, as an ongoing experiment in web publishing, design and commerce.

okay. it needn't be in Chicago. in fact if I set up such a studio in Chicago, I would be in direct competition with the original ongoing experiment that is Coudal Partners. which would not be very cool of me at all. and yes, okay, I may as well admit right now that I copied the last half of my first sentence from their tiny 'about this site' blurb at the top of coudal.com. and maybe that wasn't very cool of me either, but I don't think they'll mind.

Coudal Partners is one of those websites I can never remember discovering. it's just always been there, feeding me random interesting links and thoughts and ideas. they make notebooks. they host layer tennis. they put together really random (some not so random) videos from time to time. basically, they do whatever they feel like, and if it doesn't work out, they try something else.

I guess that is what everyone does, in some way or another. keep trying things until they click.

Jim Coudal, the guy in charge of this studio in Chicago, said something very cool in this SXSW presentation. I always want to remember it. he said:

"--hire the girl that can write. Because being able to write is a sign of an organized mind, and writing is a tool that is not usually learned well late."

I'm not going to start claiming that my mind is what anyone else might call organized... but I will say that I can write. and that is important. I should probably find some meaningful things to do with that skill, one of these days.

once upon a time I heard an interview Mr. Coudal did here, with some guy named Dan Benjamin. it should be really inspiring to listen to the unconventional ways some individuals get away with making a living, but usually it just makes me a little jealous. so many things do that. seeing people who manage to do awesomely creative stuff every day is something that should ignite a lot of scintillating hope, but so often the sparks just sit there, pointlessly smoldering. I have no one to blame for that but myself, I guess.


e said...

I am insanely jealous of people who get to do exciting fun creative things all the time. I should use that as inspiration but instead smolder in angst ridden mundanity.

okay when you set up the business in let's say San Fransisco (just cause I like that city a little bit) how about you hire me? It would be awesome.

amelia said...

oh that would be pretty awesome.
i don't know if i'm cool enough for san fransisco though....