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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118067826
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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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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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Put it in your bag. Read it on the train. This book is quick, ea

    Put it in your bag. Read it on the train. This book is quick, easy, tangible, and not to mention, beautiful. I finished the book with more nuggets of wisdom than I started with. What did I take away? Tiny, seemingly minuscule changes make the largest impact on your life. Changes too big for tomorrow aren't what dreams are made of. It's the little things. It's the hairline space between the "o" and the "t". It's making a new connection. It's having a good attitude. It's Life Kerning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    A quick and entertaining read, Life Kerning offers up big ideas

    A quick and entertaining read, Life Kerning offers up big ideas and advice in an way that is easy to digest. Ahrens' casual writing style makes reading the book an enjoyable experience, with stories from both his professional and personal life that run the entire emotional gamut. It sounds cliché, but you'll seriously laugh and cry (or at least come really close).

    Life Kerning is unlike any other business book you will read - its message is not just directed to your work life, but your life as a whole. An unlike many self-help selections, Life Kerning doesn't tell you what to do, rather it presents itself as a guide. The advice is helpful without being overpowering, and simple steps (like making to-do lists and doing yearly check-ins) prove that big life changes often start small.

    As a bonus, the book is aesthetically amazing. Thoughtful and often humorous illustrations are a pleasant accompaniment to the subject matter... because who doesn't appreciate a book with great pictures? Not only is Ahrens a talented designer, with Life Kerning, he proves to be an inspiring author as well.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Refreshing Perspective on Business and Life

    Life Kerning is engaging and refreshing. This book strikes the fine balance between a good read and one that's packed with insightful takeaways that are easy to incorporate into any scenario. None of Ahrens' tips require a business overhaul or abrupt life change. They are small "fine-tuning" adjustments that are already making a big difference on the way I see my career and how it fits into my life. Strategies like: * "Create Space" (making room for the important things in life) * "Play Nicely with Others" (how to start or improve strategic collaborative relationships) * "Do What You Love" (...and how to get back to loving what you do) * "Serve and Change" (easy ways to incorporate serving into your work day) * "Balance is a State of Mind" (True balance is different for everyone, and knowing that is half the battle) The book is really well laid out and easy to read (more thanks to Ahrens' friendly writing style). And as a special bonus, 7" x 7" is a great size (easy to take anywhere), and it's filled with witty illustrations in each chapter. Also the flaps make it easy to bookmark a tip I'm currently working on. It would make a perfect gift for any business owner, professional, or creative in your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Right away I was impressed by the formatting and illustrative el

    Right away I was impressed by the formatting and illustrative elements of this book. They are gorgeous and so smart! They add a great visual aspect to the content of the book. I found the content of this book to be very insightful, creative and an easy read. This book is a great read for someone who is looking to find a unique yet relate-able (and entertaining) perspective on the delicate balance of work and life. Highly recommend it!

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    READ IT... YOU WILL LIKE IT

    THIS BOOK BRINGS IT ALL TOGETHER. IT IS AN ACTUAL ROADMAP TO A BETTER YOU. MAP THE JOURNEY TO YOUR TARGETED DESTINATION AND DO SUCH AT YOUR SPEED. BY TELLING STORIES JUSTIN MAKES IT FEEL REAL. I HAVE CONSULTED IN CHANGE MANAGEMENT FOR YEARS ON BOTH THE INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE LEVEL AND THIS BOOK IS AN EASY/UNDERSTANDABLE READ.

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