“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”Taken from Olessia Smotrova-Taylor’s blog at OSTglobalsolutions.com
15 Mar2014Los Angeles Artist Dodges Jail Time I’ve talked about the problem of copyright, and the particular temptation to snitch photographic art for your proposal cover or other illustrations. Don’t Do It! Usually I’m harping on the legal and financial consequences of copyright violations. But pay attention to this story, and note how lucky he is to miss spending the next decade or so behind bars (which has a negative impact on career opportunities: “I see a gap here of 5 to 7, can you tell me what you were up to then?”) Fraud is even more serious than copyright infringement and is a CRIMINAL activity. Seriously. In case you mother didn’t teach you this, Don’t Do This!
10 Mar2014Found a good article today with examples of fonts that improve your presentation and change the way people react to your work. The Science Behind Fonts (and How They Make You Feel) Much of this has been known by typesetters for generations, but now we have data for online fonts and layout which is important. If your proposal will be delivered electronically, pay attention to the tips here to improve your results.