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We dissolve stuck and rewrite patterns. We apply radical playfulness to life (when we feel like it!), embarking on internal adventures (credo of Safety First). We have a fake band called Solved By Cake. We build invisible sanctuaries, invent words and worlds, breathe awe and wonder.

We are not impressed by monsters. Except when we are. We explore the connections between internal territories and surrounding environment to learn what marvelously supportive delicious space feels like, and how to take exquisite care of ourselves. We transform things.* We glow wild.**

* For example: Desire, fear, worry, pain-and-trauma, boundaries, that problematic word which rhymes with flaweductivity.

** Fair warning: Self-fluency has been known to lead to extremely subversive behavior, including treasuring yourself unconditionally, unapologetically taking up space, experiencing outrageously improbable levels of self-acceptance, and general rejoicing in aliveness.


5 Responses to My celebrity duck

  1. GirlPie
    Twitter: TheGirlPie

    Great perspective at this time when my 10-year-old site could use an update/facelift (although easy to put off because other less-design-oriented folks say it’s fine). And a new office move requires a new address package, which I was waiting on until I could think about what to convey to a designer I want to hire, etc.

    And for 10 years I’d used a typographical “logo” that means nothing to anyone but me and my dad, so minor nostalgia and logo-envy was nagging me —

    UNTIL your brilliant take on it all. I’ll be looking around the icons of my profession, or more importantly, those of my clients’ desires, and see if I can find one that doesn’t seem too obvious, tacky, cliche, etc.

    Thanks Havi, thanks Andreas, thanks Selma. Hmm, yummy food for thought!

  2. Whoa! Now it all makes sense: Hugh MacLeod = business cards, Merlin Mann = index cards, Seth Godin = shiny cranium.

    Kind of like saintly attributes, but less gruesome.

  3. Crystal says:

    I suggest that new small business folks get a logo for the purpose of focusing their impression and intentions.

    But maybe I should suggest they focus their impression and intentions. Period. Sans logo. A very chewable thought. Tasty, even.

    *sigh* Your posts are such a treat in my box, they’re the last thing I read. Save ’em as a reward for clearing the busy-ness of the day.

    Buckets of blessings to you…

  4. Havi Brooks
    Twitter: havi

    @GirlPie Yay!

    Also: yeah, logo-envy is so overrated.

    Also: you might want to run the “so, what would you do here?” question by your designer since usually designers are better at that sort of thing than the rest of us. Well, mine is.

    @Nathan Genius. I’m getting this seriously great image of future cultural historians studying us and saying things like “Here one can see that the clan of Macintosh is clearly identifiable by the icon of the apple with a bite out of it”.

    Also: if St. Cerbonius can have geese as his saintly attribute, I should be able to have one little duck…

    @Crystal Hey, thanks!

    And of course a super memorable business name like yours (Big! Bright! Bulb!) just begs for the accompanying visual.

    So in a case like that you pretty much have to have the logo because it would just be bizarre not to.

  5. […] Edition; I laughed till I cried. And I came back for her dead on marketing advice. She lead me to Havi and Selma who are completely brilliant in an entirely different way. Then to Mark, who has the most […]

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