IndustryJim Coudal: Copywriting, Inspiration and Working Farmer Hours

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During FOWD London, I grabbed Jim Coudal and asked him a few questions, including “Where are you finding inspiration right now?”, “How do you make time for creativity?” and “What’s the best career tip you can give web designers?”.

We’ve also released the MP3 of his talk at the conference (video coming shortly).

Couple quick points:

  1. If someone would be willing to transcribe the interview, I’d be happy to link you up here. Thanks!
  2. Apologies for the low quality of the video. I used a Disgo (which I’m promptly going to throw out).
  3. We normally use Vimeo, but it had problems encoding the video. Therefore we’re using ugly YouTube. Blech.

Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/gruber

21 Responses to “Jim Coudal: Copywriting, Inspiration and Working Farmer Hours”

  1. Loved this, a great supplement to his interview here http://www.designglut.com/2009/08/jim-coudal-of-coudal-partners/

    I like how he talks about writing being a key factor in choosing one visual designer over another. While it makes sense, that if one designer has a leg up in any aspect (be it writing or coding or anything else) that they’re more qualified.

    I like this guy.

  2. i have good idea after read this… thanks 😀

  3. thanks admin good post

  4. Very interesting, especially the part about the importance of writing skills. Thanks.

  5. I am working like Bob Done, I just exactly know how it felt:-)

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  9. that's great. there is still time for him if he wants to. Goodluck Jim Coudal

  10. made a transcript that covers about 95%. Very interesting, especially the part about the importance of writing skills. Thanks.

  11. That's thanks to the crappy camera we used 🙁

  12. do you both lisp, or can we blame the Disgo for that?

  13. http://cycle-gap.blogspot.com/2009/05/jim-coudal-

    I made a transcript that covers about 95%. Very interesting, especially the part about the importance of writing skills. Thanks.

  14. http://cycle-gap.blogspot.com/2009/05/jim-coudal-

    I made a transcript that covers about 95%. Very interesting, especially the part about the importance of writing skills. Thanks.

  15. "Farmers Hours" – I know what he means. I'm on the computer all day. Often work "Farmers hours" – especially early mornings. Last week I couldn't sleep – too many ideas whizzing around my head. Got up at 3a.m., logged in to our Google Adwords a/c to find someone had hacked it, set up an account with a $4000 daily spend and had taken $400 in clicks before both Google and I noticed and they shut the A/C down. I'm thankful for "Farmers Hours". Great little vid. Thanks!

  16. I second the Mechanical Turk suggesting. I just paid to have a few of my CDs transcribed and the guy did a great job.

    Dani

  17. Nice interview – the 'farmers hours' tip is great – I often do that with freelance work and find I can get way more done getting up 2 hours early than staying up 2 hours late.

    do you both lisp, or can we blame the Disgo for that?

  18. Try CastingWords.com for transcription. It's built on Amazon Mechanical Turk and provides good turnaround for reasonable cost.

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