Kevin Zittle

Design. Code. Learn.



Reverse Ventures…Because Ideas Are Cheap


They say that ideas are cheap. (Lots of people say it now, but I refer to Charles Eames the famous designer of course.) They are right, ideas are cheap, it all comes down to the execution. So then why haven’t all of these cheap ideas been built? I have a theory. I believe that ideas are cheap to those who come up with them. Serial entrepreneurs come up with ideas all the time. I know I do myself. But these same people that have the ideas are very often working on something else, the last great idea they had. What happens is those that have the will power and drive are already working on hundreds of other projects. In comes the idea of reverse ventures. Read More

Hiring a Virtual Assistant


photo 2I was recently asked to speak at an event at Elance on Working Differently. It was an awesome event that discussed the future of work and the tools we used. Huge shout out to my co-panelists Jon Acosta (left) and Jonathan Fleming (right) who kept the night rolling with me – it was a great panel! If you didn’t know, I am a huge fan of Elance and have had a Virtual Assistant (VA) from Elance for the past 4 years or so. The question I always get, however, is how do you find a good one? How do you find the rock-star who can really make a difference in your life. So, I decided to share my hiring process that I used for my latest VA, and yes, she is fantastic! Read More

On the Bookshelf


So if you know me, you probably know how much I love reading non-fiction.  (Despite the fact that I can never remember which is which!) I am a total junkie for business books, productivity, life-hacks, marketing, leadership, etc. About 1/4 of them I’m done reading but like to return to for either full reads (4-Hour Work Week) or reference (Rework). Another half are somewhere between started and finished. Just search any of them on Amazon and their all available on the Kindle. So, without further ado, what’s on my current (virtual) bookshelf in no particular order: Read More

Slow Down.


It’s not just something I should be doing in the car (a totally different story!) but something that I feel like screaming out so often when working on a project. I had a wonderful conversation with someone recently discussing work environments: what allows us to succeed?  What does the perfect work environment look like?  (Hint: more than likely, it looks nothing like the corporate environment we are all forced into.)  I know that for me, and I suspect many other creatives, tight deadlines and constant interruption are two of my biggest culprits of productivity-zero. Andy Budd put it into words perfectly in his latest post. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013!


This year has been quite the experience. It has truly been one of the best years of my life. (Other than maybe the last half of 2011) It has brought some amazing times – both good and bad – and has made me a better person because of it. Here are some of the highlights: Read More

Hello world!


Well we’re 3 days away from 2013. I’ve kind of been slacking on this one so I decided to just make it happen and get it done. So – here’s my personal blog. Boom! Done!

Why would I want to start a blog? Well, mainly because I have a ton of ideas, thoughts, projects, etc. that I really want to share…but not sure any of them was worthy of a blog by itself. I’ll let you all be the judge of that though. You’ll probably see quite a bit of design topics covered, some photography is bound to come up, technology, code, who the hell knows what else.

I may post everyday. (But probably not.) Maybe it will be once a week, once a month. The only thing I can assure you is it will be whenever I feel like it. =)

Anyways, get on with life. Have a fantastic New Year’s Eve and I will see you all in 2013!

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