Seriously Mobile, Mobile
Seems like it's been a couple of weeks since my last post. Come to think of it, it has been. There were the holidays, and then . . . THE PROJECT.
We are going through a lot of internal changes here at LensWork Publishing to prepare for an incredibly exciting 2013.
- First, my long-time assistant, Crystal, is relocating this week to Portland where she will be our first remotely working staff member. Mobile, indeed.
- Second, I'll be "on the road" for four months with the LensWork Road Show starting the end of March, living, photographing, teaching, and publishing all from our Puma travel trailer and 8,000 miles of Americana. Seriously mobile2.
- Third, Maureen is starting to do more and more of her work away from the office. She needs to be able to collaborate with photographers on their intros and bios no matter where she is — or where they are in the world.
To that end, we've spent the last few weeks migrating all our data files to cloud storage for mobile access, working on new production routines, updating old computers, learning new communication software, and working out a thousand and one details — oh, and celebrating Christmas and New Year. Whew!
For those of you who are interested in details, we're moving all of LensWork's data files to a cloud service known as Box. Very robust, and ideal for our kind of publishing and heavy data file use and collaboration. Both Crystal and I will be able to keep LensWork and LensWork Extended layouts on schedule, LensWork Online updates issued instantaneously, and LensWork Daily posts arriving every day even though neither of us will be on location in the office. Amazing technology.
Another piece of the puzzle for us was a new technological means to communicate with one another as easily as the office intercom and sneakernet had allowed us to do so in the past. To this end, we've adopted Unison — a very neat package of instant messaging, VOIP for audio and video, project organization, file sharing, and asynchronous communication. It even works with our tablets and smartphones, as well as our PCs.
Finally, we've been going through our 3 terabytes of data accumulated over 20 years of publishing, archiving what we don't need, and reorganizing everything we do. What a project! So, if I've been a bit absent these last couple of weeks, now you know why. With THE PROJECT wrapping up, I'm back and ready to jump into the new year with gusto! Here's to a creative and productive 2013 for all of us!
Brooks' books on photography and the creative process are available in print from Lulu.com, and as eBooks for Kindle or EPUB readers. As one of the membership benefits, these eBooks are available in their entirety to members of LensWork Online via download.