What I'm Up To Now
Just a thought from 26 April 2006 about , , .

Two months ago, I posted about leaving Technorati and starting a design studio. I also lamented how hard it was to find a good domain name, and lots of you wrote in with fabulous suggestions and offers. I tried to reply to everyone, but please forgive me if I didn't get back to you. They were all great.

Here's the thing. Less than two months after starting the design company, things have shifted. I'm still starting a company with my good friend Paul, but it's transmogrified into something else. (Guess it's a good thing we never did settle on a name.)

The new company is going to be ... pure awesomeness. After years of putting designs to other people's visions, I'm finally going to be able to do it for myself. I've come up with lots of ideas over the years, but this is the first one that's got all the elements in line: the right time, with the right people, and the right technology. Plus there's an actual business plan.

What's the company going to do? Alas, I can't tell you right now. Frustrating, I know. But as soon as I can talk about it, I will. And those of you on the POWlist may just be the first to know. (Hint hint.)

So. If you have a design project you were going to send my way, thanks, but I'm not taking any more clients right now. I highly recommend my friends at Adaptive Path, Happy Cog, and Blue Flavor if you're in the market for some kickass design.

As for me, I'm busy phasing out the last of my contracts, and excitedly laying the foundation for something very, very new. And I just can't wait to tell you all about it.

Pure awesomeness.

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “What I'm Up To Now” that I wrote on 26 April 2006.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “The Wisdom of Browse” on 20 April 2006. After this, I wrote “The Art of No” on 2 May 2006.

The Wisdom of Browse
There's some drama afoot lately as bloggers pick apart Digg's user-controlled editorial system, looking for evidence of editors lurking in...
20 April 2006

The Art of No
Being a designer is all about embracing the word "no." When we sit down with a blank slate and a...
2 May 2006

The Fine Print

Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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