All posts by Robin Ridley

#HashtagsAreLazy

It’s hard to believe, but we’re coming up on the hashtag’s tenth anniversary. Love them or hate them, these social media standbys have been around long enough to seep into our collective subconscious. But has the hashtag forever changed the way we write and communicate? The punctuation formerly known as the pound sign has made its mark…permanently. We’ve memorized its spot on our smartphones. We’ve accepted the fact that our posts are… Read more ›

Are Business Cards stuck in the dark ages?

Maybe you order them by the truckload, or only use them on rare occasions. You may insist they’re essential, or view them as dusty remnants of “ye olden days.” Whatever your feelings about Business Cards, it’s worth exploring the origins of these mini-messengers. Better yet, let’s take a look at why on earth we’re still using them! Rumored to have originated in 15th century China, “visiting cards” were offered in order to declare one person’s… Read more ›

Walk to Unblock

Hiking makes me happy. The sight of a single-track trail, filled with mysterious twists and turns is enough to send me scrambling for my Tevas. Since I live and work in the city, I don’t have the luxury of trekking down a mountain path anytime the mood strikes, so I opt for the next best thing: urban walking. Walking occupies a special place in my heart and mind…literally. We all know… Read more ›

Why hire a designer-wordsmith hybrid? 

  A writer I respect once threw down the gauntlet that a skilled designer can’t be an equally skilled writer, and vice versa. Challenge accepted! While we may be slightly harder to find than a herd of unicorns, hybrid designer-wordsmiths do exist, and I would argue that the good ones are good precisely because we use one craft to hone the other. Words are a big deal to me. I grew up in a family… Read more ›

Newbie at the AR National Conference

  Despite the fact that I’m a long-time animal advocate, vegetarian, and (more recently) vegan activist, the Animal Rights National Conference was never on my radar. It seemed — like many things do when we scratch the surface — too overwhelming to consider. Hundreds of activists, dozens of sessions, four full days of workshops, plenaries, film screenings, exhibits…and, of course, oodles of networking. Still, when it popped up in my news… Read more ›