Incite by Design

Caustic visions and shared thoughts on design, marketing, creativity, philanthropy, pop culture and business philosophy by Toronto design firm, Ricksticks Inc.


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Jon Strande wants to know the people behind the business. So get comfortable.

(My answers do not reflect anyone else here.)

What do you do?
I am the co-Principal of Ricksticks, a visual communications (i.e. design) firm in Toronto. My primary duty is writing - web copy, business collateral, proposals, etc. - and accounts management. I am also a poet and creative writer.

What are the challenges?
The graphic design industry is highly competitive - so I would have to say generating leads can sometimes be tricky. We have been fortunate in the word of mouth department.

How do you overcome them?
Keeping a positive attitude; going the extra mile for clients; being content with slow growth

What is a typical day like?
Coffee, calls, blog, emails, meetings with new clients, writing and production (lots of it)

How do you manage information?
Outlook, day book, Bloglines, NewsGator, Quickbooks, Access, web mail, good old paper files

What are your 3 or 5 favorite books?
Bastard Out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body - Susan Bordo
The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future - Riane Eisler
Struggle for the Land : Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide, and Colonization - Ward Churchill

What are your favorite web sites/blogs?
These change constantly - I like to try and mix up the blogs that I read, although I really love How to Save the World for the amount of work and love Dave puts into it.

What tools/technology do you use?
At work? Dreamweaver, Quark, Blogger, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc...

What's your favorite quote?
"When I dare to be powerful... to use my strength in the service of my Vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." -- Andre Lorde

What is your "secret to success?"
Live your life today, not tomorrow. Be present. Show up. Care about something outside of your self. Don't be afraid of looking stupid.

What are your greatest accomplishments? Personal?
Being a compassionate person and choosing to live a life of nonviolence, despite being exposed to violence as a child.
Professional? A work in progress

What are your hobbies?
Reading, being outdoors, writing, travel, volunteering, music, meeting new people

Or, how do you break the monotony and stay energized?
I get outside any time I feel bored. Being surrounded by nature is invigorating to me and reminds me how small I am in the scheme of things.