May 25, 2012

Hot Spotlight: Meet Anna Bloom

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Matt Shearon
Content Strategist & Writer
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Journalist, artist, organizer, and all-around nice person Anna Bloom joined Hot Studio’s Brand and Content Strategy team earlier this year. It’s her job to help our clients realize their story, and then develop that story into a meaningful digital experience.

May 24, 2012

Hot Spotlight: Catching Up with Kathy Simpson

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Matt Shearon
Content Strategist & Writer

As a girl, Kathy Simpson’s favorite Halloween costume was Indiana Jones. Doctor Jones was into the detailed history and recovery of lost artifacts. “I ended up getting a minor in Physical Anthropology,” Kathy explains. “I’ve always had this technical disposition.”

May 22, 2012

What's in a Name? The Producer Role at Hot Studio

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Alison Rand
Director, Program Planning
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“Producer” is an almost comically nebulous job title. Just try explaining it at a cocktail party.

There are movie producers, record producers, digital producers... the list goes on. Each of these jobs has very different meanings relative to their specific industries, yet each still falls under the “producer” umbrella.

May 17, 2012

SXSW Recap (Part 3): Do not Negotiate with Terrorists

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Maria Giudice
CEO & Founder

Note: This is the third of four posts recapping “Moms (plus one Dad) vs. Management,” a talk on the parallels between parenting and management given by Hot CEO Maria Giudice and an all-star group of panelists. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2, as well.

It was a lot of fun to have my friend Margaret Stewart join the panel at SXSW.

May 10, 2012

SXSW Recap (Part 2): Play Nice in the Sandbox

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Maria Giudice
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Note: This is the second of four posts recapping “Moms (plus one Dad) vs. Management,” a talk on the parallels between parenting and management given by Hot CEO Maria Giudice and an all-star group of panelists. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part 1.

Today we’re looking at Pixar manager Lourdes Alba’s tips on successful collaboration, or “playing nice in the sandbox.”

May 08, 2012

Unhackathon #2: The Process

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Laurel Tripp
User Experience Designer

On April 6th and 7th, five of us Hotties, Vika Kovalchuk, Tina Santiago, Gabe Wasserman, Josh Williams, and I had the chance to participate in the second Mix & Stir Unhackathon at California College of the Arts: TED City 2.0 Equality Challenge. This Unhackathon focused on increasing equality in the Bay Area by applying design expertise to increase access of small businesses or individuals to education, economic opportunities, or social services. We were all inspired and touched by the challenge.

May 04, 2012

Unhackathon #2: A Good Place to Start

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Gabe Wasserman
Senior User Experience Designer

Our latest foray into brainstorming ways to save our city can be summed up in three concepts: Reclaim Blight, Bring it to The People, and Keep it Simple.

Apr 19, 2012

SXSW Recap (Part 1): Fair vs. Equal

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Maria Giudice
CEO & Founder

Over time, I’ve become more and more aware of the ways being a parent has affected my work and managing people at Hot. And when I started talking to other managers that are parents, they often said the same thing. But it’s not something people really talk about in general.

Apr 12, 2012

No More Brain Bashing

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Marsha Plat
Director, User Experience

A group of us at Hot have been discussing the recent bashing of brainstorming in The New Yorker and the various responses. Because the conversations have been so heated, I was intrigued to hear more from the author of the piece, Jonah Lehrer, in a recent Fresh Air story:

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    Mamma Manager! Maria Giudice and Friends Present at 2012 SXSW

    Remember that each person is unique.

    Get everyone to play nice together.

    Work past tantrums and conflicts.

    Learn from mistakes.

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