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April 10, 2012

Getting Clients

Sample chapter from Mike Monteiro’s new book, Design is a Job.

I’m not a designer, but I love working with them, and have a client services past as an engineer. Tons of great insights in the three chapters I’ve read so far.

“Get to know the people on the client team and treat them well. Make them a valuable part of the project and make sure their voices get heard. People change jobs. If the current project goes well, the person who hired you will have her stock rise within the company, and the rest of the staff will eventually spread out far and wide to other companies who will need design services at some point. Your DNA travels with them. (Not literally. I’m hoping I don’t need to add a chapter explaining that.)”

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June 27, 2011

American McCarver. Your Sports Blog.

New sports-writing from a bunch of fun tech bloggers. Ace.

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October 5, 2010

The Chokehold of Calendars

“Most people don’t schedule their work. They schedule the interruptions that prevent their work from happening.”

August 30, 2010



First mistake made at the new office? Putting something breakable on the shelves attached to the cubicle walls.

August 15, 2010

It’s official: I bought art.

It’s official: I bought art.

Upgraded to the 16"x20" print of Mike Monteiro's art, and have enclosed it in a suitably ornate frame.

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August 12, 2010

Tips On Buying Design

Fab essay by Mike Monteiro.

“It’s like buying a melon. Any sample the grocer is handing out won’t come from the melon you’re about to buy. And don’t buy on looks. To really know a melon you’ve got to squeeze it hard at the ends. Also, a melon analogy? Not my best moment. Let’s move on”

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July 20, 2009

Today’s TODOs

Today’s TODOs

For the I Hate Mike Monteiro birthday celebration.

March 16, 2009

Better mistakes

Better mistakes

My Mike Monteiro print, taking pride of place above my desk.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.