First things first…You’ve probably noticed that the masthead for this website has changed.
The four pieces in the masthead were designed and fabricated by Jonna Faulkner (Summer Garden panel bracelet); Jan Spencley (Leaves & Vines necklace); Lesley Messam (Mary, Mary Quite Contrary vessel with cap); and Connie Fox (Bangle bracelets). All are magnificent and I thank the artists for allowing me to use their work. Here’s a closer look:
Actually, I’ve changed the name of my company to more accurately reflect what I do. Over the past few months, along with jewelry photography and teaching, I’ve also been designing logos and building blog/websites like this one for artist clients. So the new name is Steve Rossman Photo+Marketing. I’ll be sharing some of these design projects very soon.
Shifting gears, I participated in a terrific conference on blogging and new media late last week and am still trying to process it all. It was quite an experience to be sitting in a room with a couple of thousand people who all are engaged in this new (okay, relatively new) form of communication and expression.
One quick story: Jim Farley, VP of Global Marketing, Sales & Service for Ford was the Friday evening keynote speaker . He addressed the growing strength of new media and ways in which Ford embraces change.
Now, I’m the first to admit that I’m not a “Twitter” guy. While my posts do upload to Twitter, I’m not what you’d call “active.” So imagine my surprise (no…astonishment!) when Farley asked the ‘standing-room-only’ audience, “How many of you are on Twitter RIGHT NOW?” and 95% (my estimate) of the people in the room raised their cell phones high in the air! I’m thinking to myself, “There are a lot of pretty smart people here…maybe I ought to at least make an effort to understand this stuff.” It was powerful.