My Notebook

My notebook is where I keep random notes, experiments and bits of research. Some of these become full posts in time, others stay here for prosperity.

1

Influencer hero image

Influencer hero image

Created this one for a piece on Influencers that started here and migrated over to my business website.

I used rotoscoping on a base image, then dialled back the detail to create something more abstract and illustration like. Finally I made changes to the colouring until I had something original.

Thing is, I can’t remember which image I used or where it came from. Guess that shows how homogenous Instagram’s become.

2

A socket as a fuel pump

A socket as a fuel pump

I use “Crazy 8s” and “Crazy 4s” when I’m coming up with ideas for my work. This was a sheet I did for promoting electric vehicles that went nowhere.

The “Crazy” method is pretty easy. Just fold a sheet of paper until you have 4 or 8 cells. Then you get 20 seconds a cell to sketch an idea. Hit 20 seconds, move on to the next.

3

A to-do list from September

A to-do list from September

Todo list from a few months back. I was clearing out my content, reducing the rubbish on my website and looking for some focus.

Rather than use a sophisticated web based to-do list, there are times then a sheet of paper and square boxes does the trick. In this case it was a digital sheet of paper using Paper on my iPad.

Might have been a bit harsh about Flickr.

4

How do I reduce the number of emails in my inbox

Thinking about how to reduce the number of emails that find their way into my inbox. I listed out the different ways I manage my emails and thought I’d put them into an article of some sort. I never got round to it.

Here’s my top tips…

  • Filter out newsletters. Every month I clear down and unsubscribe
  • Do email at set times in the day.
  • Use the inbox as a to-do list. It stays there until it’s done.
  • Archive threads by printing to PDF and filing. WHY? Important contract stuff might be lurking in there.
  • Use snooze (only for emails that need a thoughtful reply).

About Ross A Hall

I'm a freelance content manager and editorial designer. I work with small and growing businesses so they get the most out of their content.

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