Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Passing of a Master

The Passing of a Master

Massimo Vignelli, a graphic designer whose Modernist vision inspired countless others, passed on Tuesday, at his home in New York City. Though he considered himself more of an “information architect,” Vignelli sought to convey concepts, ideas and places in the simplest, truest forms for all to understand. Clarity and coherence were the ideal in all…

An Experience Worth Remembering

I recently visited Sloan’s Ice Cream in Florida for the second time in my life. Talk about a childhood fantasy! For those (like myself) who have never heard of or been to Sloan’s, imagine walking into Candy Land or a Willy Wonka factory. From the bright and colorful signage, sugarcoated displays, and fairytale wallpaper, to…

Bill Simon, President & CEO of Walmart U.S., Shares His Story

Today, the TPN Bentonville office attended the Benton County Single Parent Scholarship Fund luncheon. Bill Simon, President & CEO of Walmart U.S., spoke at the event. Instead of speaking about how Walmart and the Walmart Foundation give back by supporting the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, it was a much more personal speech. Mr. Simon was…

La culture du travail

As a first generation American, it came as a surprise for me to see people in the US work so hard at jobs that seemed to be making them miserable — jobs that literally were driving them to an early grave. Where my family comes from, work seems to come secondary, or even tertiary to…

When in Shanghai: Part 3

We Are What We Buy I love visiting grocery, drug, convenience and even big-box stores when traveling abroad. My husband does not always view these visits as highlights of our vacation, but he’s generally a good sport about it. When I am traveling on business, I visit with immoderation. Seeing what is on the shelves…

When in Shanghai: Part 2

Upstairs, Downstairs The Chinese boomtown Shanghai is a city of juxtapositions. There are the ones you expect: ancient buildings standing behind glittering towers erected as recently as 15 years ago; traditional neighborhood noodle restaurants sharing a block with Starbucks; or Mercedes-Benz taxis parked alongside rickshaws. But for me, on my recent visit, one of the most stark…

When in Shanghai: Part 1

The Chinese market shopping experience (pearls, home goods, clothing and accessories and “the fakes”) is its own kind of dynamic retail. In a country of 1.3 billion people, finding jobs and making money is not an easy thing to do. Couple that with a culture (and history) of commerce meets corruption and counterfeit, the lack of…

Branding Ourselves…Literally

We have all entertained the idea of doing something that had been deemed “forbidden” under the judging eyes of society. Maybe it was the second you turned 18, because you felt empowered by the fact that you were now legally an adult. Now in your late 20s, mid 30s and 40s, as a thriving professional with a salaried job…