The Independent's Frontline

Exploring a nomadic business and lifestyle
by Marie Poulin
Issue 2 May 2012
I haven’t always had a thirst for travel. There is something to be said for the comforts of “home”; close-knit friends that are always there, friendly smiles from staff at your favorite local hangouts… It feels good to be familiar with a city and its quirks, and feel safe and comfortable in its neighbourhoods. In the last months of 2011, I went through some personal stuff that forced me to take a good hard look at my life, career, and personal goals. I felt myself going in two possible directions: I could pick up and start over—find a new apartment, acquire new furniture, and begin to “settle down” again and so forth—or I could get rid of all my worldly possessions and become more transient, working from anywhere. I’ll let you guess by this article’s title which direction I chose. It may seem drastic, but it turned out to be a lot easier than I imagined. (Not to mention a lot more fun!)
Communicating your value
by Kevin Potts
Issue 1 Feb 2012
This is not isolated to people building websites. Scientists working on particle accelerators, predictive urban modelling, or DNA sequencing are commonly caught in a loop of their own lexicon. Architects, philosophers, politicians, analysts, CIOs too. From time to time, all are unable to distill complex analysis into words the common man can parse. The tendency to speak in technical jargon damages the marketing skills of you, the developer, designer or front-end engineer. It turns clients off.