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Life Kerning: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life

ISBN: 978-1-118-13909-7
176 pages
September 2011
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Description

Creative approaches for designing a more balanced life and career

In the graphic design industry, kerning is the fine-tuning or adjustment of space between letterforms (type). In this book, author Justin Ahrens applies this concept to both the life and career of business professionals. There is a common misconception that positive change in one's life only comes from a complete system overhaul. Ahrens challenges this notion by inviting business leaders and professionals to not only reassess the various spaces and goals of one's life, but to rethink our understanding of balance altogether.

This book includes insights and observations from both the creative and professional world.

  • Guides you in determining what you're passionate about, and how to keep those passions in the forefront of your life and career
  • How to create work that stands apart
  • How to cultivate and maintain a group of wise mentors
  • Develop critical decision-making skills

Live a life that fuels your work, and work in a way that fuels your life. Life Kerning shows you how.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Kerned Just for You.

Chapter 1: You're Not Perfect.

Chapter 2: Get Naked.

Taking It Off.

Chapter 3: Create Space.

Space for Two.

Space for You.

Chapter 4: Be AntiSocial.

Chapter 5: The power of the list.

List Magic.

Chapter 6: Play Nice With Others.

Giving It a Shot.

Go For It:.

Chapter 7: Are YOU Just Bad at Making GOOD Decisions?

Creating More Good.

Chapter 8: Create An ecosystem.

Being “Eco Friendly”.

Chapter 9: Be a link in the Love Chain.

Chapter 10: Do What you love.

Finding the Love.

Chapter 11: Mirror Leadership.

Occasional Looks in the Mirror.

Chapter 12: Embrace Your Nerd.

Nerd Alert.

Chapter 13: Pay it Forward.

Let's Get Cracking.

Chapter 14: Outlook Is Everything.

Let's Get Real.

Chapter 15: Learn from the Wisdom of Others.

Chapter 16: Right Turn Ahead.

Reading the Signs.

Chapter 17: Believe in something bigger than you.

How to Look at Believing Bigger.

Chapter 18: Give Thanks.

Now Is the Time.

Chapter 19: Take a culture dip (why you should travel).

Chapter 20: The power of a name.

Chapter 21: Do personal projects.

Chapter 22: Balance Is a State of Mind.

Chapter 23: Don't burn a bridge.

Chapter 24: BTW, There Are No Rules.

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Author Information

Justin Ahrens is the founder, principal, and creative director of Rule29, one of Chicago's top creative studios, which focuses on making creative matter for their clients in print, spatial, and online environments. His clients range from nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 corporations, including Allstate Insurance, Life In Abundance, Team Red White and Blue, rock legend Alice Cooper, Invesco PowerShares, and DC Comics, to name a few. He and his work have been recognized by AIGA, the Professional Association of Design, Communication Arts and HOW, the go-to magazines for graphic designers. Follow Justin @justinahrens and @rule29.
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