Union Research

Union Research Screen Cap

Union Research Screen CapTwo people I know who do policy research for trade unions were looking for a place to share news, data and analysis on topics of interest to them and their colleagues. They were looking for a simple inexpensive solution that they could maintain off the sides of their desks.

Putting together a site on wordpress.com seemed a cheap, elegant and contemporary solution but the prospect of building the site seemed daunting enough that it was threatening the project as a whole.

So they asked me to help them design, theme and architect the site.

And voilĂ . The main challenge with this site was using the free version of WordPress on wordpress.com. It puts some pretty serious limitations on what’s available to site builders, so one must be a bit creative to make the application do what the clients want.

Strategic Corporate Research

Front page of strategic corporate research

This site is both university course curriculum and troublemaker’s handbook guide to doing research on corporations.

The WordPress site uses a customized version of Colorway. This is usually a pretty good option – rather than making themes from scratch – if you don’t happen to have the deep pockets of the corporation you’re researching and yet you still want to look good.

At the Altar of the Bottom Line

At the Altar of the Bottom Line Screen captureI’m pleased to announce the launch of a new site: altarofthebottomline.com. The site promotes At the Altar of the Bottom Line, a book and CD workplace ethnography project by Tom Juravich that chronicles work in the George Bush era.

Imagine Studs Terkel’s Working, updated for the era of the internet. Though it’s striking to compare the two to see how our political landscape has shifted since Terkel published his interviews in 1972. Gone are the preoccupations about “meaningful” work or self-fulfilment, etc etc. In Altar, it’s all about fear, stress, and exhaustion. The workers main aspiration is to avoid them, get through another day and make it past the next bill payment.

For me this was a dream project because I was working with really compelling artwork, fabulous and compelling content, and a great client who, while being attentive to detail, was willing to let me be the designer. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a sound track as well.