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Principles of Graphic Design

One of the biggest changes of the internet age is hardly ever mentioned: people without formal training in graphic design produce a huge percentage of all the visuals we see today. That's not necessarily a good thing.  It started when computerized design became accessible in the mid '90s. Soon, everyone who could figure out the software started calling themselves graphic designers. But one can know how to use Photoshop or Illustrator without any understanding of the principl...
Rethinking the Jewelry Industry

Everything You Know About Luxury Has Changed

Millennials are changing everything we know about luxury. Here are 5 key areas your luxury business must master to stay relevant.
Rethinking the Jewelry Industry

What I Wish Consumers Knew About Buying Designer Jewelry

When you introduce someone to the joy of buying art the experience can be transformative. Consumers should have that experience buying designer jewelry.


On DNA, Ruts, and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Why business diversity? Because when a business embraces many different perspectives, thought processes, and world views, it fires up the collective brain.

Catch Cost Erosion Before It Catches You

When combined with other prudent cost management strategies, this simple method will point out cost erosion rapidly and can set you on a path to correcting problems before they become devastating.

Why Are We Still Fighting About Lab Grown Diamonds?

The jewelry industry continues to take polarized positions on lab-grown diamonds.

What's Your Merchandising Point of View?

Your Merchandising Point of View is the thing that draws your ideal customers in, keeps them engaged, and differentiates you from your competitors.


Being a Better Leader Part 3: Be a Student of Business

To be a better leader, be a student of business. This article gives advice on what areas to study and where to go to find that information.

All of the Responsibility, None of the Authority

Here are some of the key structures that are absolutely necessary when converting to a more team-based organization.

Past Time for Change - A Post to the Jewelry Industry

A business living on auto-pilot ultimately dies of its own apathy. In business, every time is a time for change, and change is the only way to grow.

Consultative vs Consensus Management

There are two distinct styles of collaborative management. One is preferable to the other for a few reasons.

Karma Crackers in My Soup

Push people because you owe it to them, not because they’ll appreciate it – because they won’t.

When Each Option is Potentially a Bad One

When faced with difficult options, all one can do is analyze it to the best of his or her ability, try to challenge all assumptions, then make a decision.

Surviving Tough Times: Part I

The Jewelry Design Professionals’ Network (JDPN) invited Andrea Hill to prepare two presentations for their members and students, to help them manage their careers and business during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Small Business Leadership Challenge

Leadership requires a lot of consistency and discipline and is one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners.

Help is On the Way! (but did you ask for help?)

Knowing you need help and willingness to ask for help are very different. Only those who truly want help can benefit. And help often determines success.

An Ode to Difficult Geniuses

Every business leader preaches the importance of innovation and outperforming the competition, yet business managers are busy squeezing every threatening and/or unconventional element out of their environment.

What's "Fair" Anyway?

The definition of fair means to be free of favor to any side. But in business we really do favor some things.

On DNA, Ruts, and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Why business diversity? Because when a business embraces many different perspectives, thought processes, and world views, it fires up the collective brain.


Managing risk requires an ability to analyze the pros and cons of each decision from an objective place. Here are some tips on how to do it.


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"Millions of items of the outward order are present to my senses which never properly enter into my experience. Why? Because they have no interest for me. My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”
William James

It's not usually the first person with the idea who makes the money, but the first person who invests the cash - and more importantly, the discipline - who does.

Maybe the reason its so hard to remain in quarantine is that it's hard to outrun sadness when you're forced to be still.

Well, Catholics pray to saints," I mutter to myself as I begin my nightly prayer to RBG.

If you ask why before deciding what, who, how, or when, you will come up with a stronger answer every time. Why is the essence of strategy.

2020 is total pants.

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